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Date: 1/29/12 11:49 PM

Hi, I have decided to finally get a new sewing machine. I had one bought for me about ten years ago, the singer 5050c. I think it's a really simple machine, a real work horse if you will and I don't really have a problem with it, it still works fine even though I probably don't treat it that well. I have never had it serviced in all the years I have had it. In my defense I got it when I was fairly young and by the time I realized that I should be getting it serviced there didn't seem to be any point.

Anyway, I am trying to go into quilting, and I do the piecing myself and I then have my quilts quilted by a friend of mine but I really would like to save the money and quilt them myself. I can afford a machine in the 500-900$ range but I am having a hard time figuring out what I need the machine to have. Since I'm not used to anything fancy.

I am used to threading my own machine, cutting my own thread, etc. My machine does have decorative stitches but nothing elaborate, I rarely use them anyway.

Here's what I think I want:
Computerized though it's not a deal breaker
I would like to be able to do some embroidery
Long arm stitching for quilting
Anything else would be a bonus I think

I am looking at:
Juki HZL-600
Juki TL98Q
Juki 200qi
Singer L500
Brother PQ1500S
Janome MC6500
Janome 1600P
Viking Sapphire 850 or 835

Any suggestions or machines I haven't looked at would be wonderful. Oh also, would it be a bad idea to buy a factory serviced machine?

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Date: 1/29/12 11:57 PM

There is an eBay listing for factory serviced Singer L-500's right now for a reduced price of $650. I am so tempted to get one. I had one when they first came out and returned it but I really like the all-metal surface and it felt nice and solid yet was surprisingly lightweight for it's size.:
Singer L-500 deal

Any of the other models you are looking at are a great choice, too.
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Date: 1/30/12 3:31 AM

I am too! That's the one I was talking about. It can't be that bad right? I buy used stuff all the time. I think you still get the warranty and everything, so it should be alright, I think?

May I ask why you returned it the first time?
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Date: 1/30/12 11:27 AM

Out of the machines you listed the Janome 6500 or the Juki 600 would be the two best machines for quilting imho. There is a thread under sewing machines on the Singer 500 people weren't too happy with them. Enough negatives for me not to buy one. If you do a search should come up.

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Date: 1/30/12 2:12 PM

Quote: blugirlami21
Hi, I have decided to finally get a new sewing machine. I had one bought for me about ten years ago, the singer 5050c. I think it's a really simple machine, a real work horse if you will and I don't really have a problem with it, it still works fine even though I probably don't treat it that well. I have never had it serviced in all the years I have had it. In my defense I got it when I was fairly young and by the time I realized that I should be getting it serviced there didn't seem to be any point.



Anyway, I am trying to go into quilting, and I do the piecing myself and I then have my quilts quilted by a friend of mine but I really would like to save the money and quilt them myself. I can afford a machine in the 500-900$ range but I am having a hard time figuring out what I need the machine to have. Since I'm not used to anything fancy.



I am used to threading my own machine, cutting my own thread, etc. My machine does have decorative stitches but nothing elaborate, I rarely use them anyway.



Here's what I think I want:

Computerized though it's not a deal breaker

I would like to be able to do some embroidery

Long arm stitching for quilting

Anything else would be a bonus I think



I am looking at:

Juki HZL-600

Juki TL98Q

Juki 200qi

Singer L500

Brother PQ1500S

Janome MC6500

Janome 1600P

Viking Sapphire 850 or 835



Any suggestions or machines I haven't looked at would be wonderful. Oh also, would it be a bad idea to buy a factory serviced machine?

There is a big difference between decorative stitching (sewing machine) and embroidery (embroidery machine).

If you are keen on embroidery, look at the combo machines (sewing and embroidery) by Brother and Baby Lock.

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Date: 1/30/12 2:59 PM

There is a new review of the Singer L-500 posted on the front page of PR. The person that reviewed sold a flat bed for the Singer for the freearm... something to consider.
Good luck!

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Date: 1/31/12 3:13 AM

Thanks for all the replies. Embroidery is not a must, it would just be nice to have if I ever wanted to do it. I did read that review and she really talked it up.

I'll probably go with that one but they all look so good.

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Date: 1/31/12 3:30 PM

I think it's a great machine. I returned it because there was an echo-y, water running through pipes in the distance sound(to me). I had a replacement with the same issue. One thing I will note now that may have affected it was I had the machines sitting under a large metal art piece on the wall and everything seems to echo right near it. I really should have moved the machines somewhere else to try.
I really like that most of the machine surface was metal, not so much plastic. It was easy to operate, too. The stitch selection is identical to the Pfaff Smarter C1100 Pro and you can use Pfaff feet on the Singer. I had a Pfaff before and I do miss the dual feed foot.

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