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Looking at machines again...big surprise here...
Singer L500 or H74 or Viking special edition...
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Date: 2/2/12 3:30 PM

So I'm planning to buy a new machine maybe in a couple months. I have the separate embroidery machine and hate dealing with the floppy disk thing on my D1. And since I have a mac...it's just nicer to throw the design onto the USB stick and be able to go with it.

I've done this before and want to choose VERY carefully this time because I just don't want to go through my yearly summer thing where I have 3 or 4 different machines in here...none of them cut the mustard and then have to re-sell/return them.

I think the H74 is probably out because I think there's no adjustable foot pressure and after dealing with the neighbors machine I think that may be a deal breaker...but then again maybe it's more a matter of me learning what to do with it and how to do the things I want to do.

The L500 looks fabulous on paper...and the couple reviews here are quite favorable. I'm leaning toward that one. It doesn't have the drop-in bobbin but has lots of decorative stitches....and adjustable foot pressure.

The Sapphire 875 is like $2000 (I was just at the Viking dealer) and there's a special edition one coming out (it's red...can't remember what it's called) but she said it's kind of between the two sapphire models and it's $1399. So I could sell the D1...and put some money and have a Viking machine. Those apparently have foot pressure adjustment (though it's in the computerized menus)...some things should probably just have a knob or wheel somewhere.

I could trade the D1...but I'd only get maybe $300.00.

I'm not sure why, but I just can't even bring myself to touch one of those Emerald machines...who knows...maybe I'd really like them...but I just don't know what my problem is.

I'm not sure if there's a comparable Janome to either of those. I'd *like* to keep the price around $700-$800 and I don't expect to be getting a TOL machine...but for that price I expect it to NOT be complete junk.

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Date: 2/2/12 4:09 PM

How about one of the Juki Exceed models? Someone on here posted a video showing a comparison between it and a Sapphire, I believe.

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Date: 2/2/12 4:10 PM

Ooh, I'll check on that too.

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Date: 2/2/12 4:13 PM

O.K....taking a chance here. Have you gone to the local Bernina dealer and checked out the machines? Just do it, go and see how you like the straight stitching and the solidity of the machines. You may find you can get less features within your budget, but perhaps you will like the build of the machine and assess what features you really need and which would be ones you can live without. If you have not tested them, I would say just go do it.

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Date: 2/2/12 4:48 PM

Mufffet,

I have not tried the Berninas...and I would like to do so. We are going on vacation soon so I will work on this *after* that. I'm not sure where there even is a Bernina dealer...but it's a huge metro area so there must be one somewhere.

I'm feeling good about actually going on a hunt. I mean my budget isn't completely set in stone...but I probably can't even go up to $2000.00. *Maybe* but it would just have to completely sing to me.

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Date: 2/2/12 8:14 PM

Well, while the Bernina *feel*, stitches, and ability to power over heavy seams would likely sing to you, (and their foot pedals are not cheap pieces of junk - pet peeve of mine), you won't get one for $2,000 that has pressure adjustment.
My 350 was $1100 for a floor model (should have been $1200 but the dealer misquoted me and let me have the lesser price). You'd have to get a 500 series to get pressure adj, and those are much pricier.

I'd personallly rather a machine that can handle the tough seams rather than have the pressure adj, as long as the pressure on the machine is not set real hard. The 350 fits that bill for me. The pressure on it is light enough to easily feed the fabric, and not apply so much pressure that the top fabric creeps and stretches. That's on most things. There are trickier fabrics though, that if I used the 350, I'd have to use a walking foot for sure, or switch to another machine.

All that said - have fun testing! You are open to different brands and that's good. Keep us posted!

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Date: 2/2/12 8:53 PM

I am impressed by the auto pressure on my 240. I recently pieced a quilt top where I was working with rows of blocks that were slightly different lengths. The fabric eased really nicely without having to pin the poor thing to death. I also love the manual pressure adjustment on my Janome and really glad it handles delicate fabrics so well.

Jilly, I too recommend the 3 Series Bernina

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Date: 2/2/12 9:57 PM

No mention of Janome Memory Craft? My SIL likes hers. I do not know if that is within your price range.

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Date: 2/2/12 9:59 PM

Why don't you keep the D1 for sewing? It sews as good or better as the machines on your list.

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Date: 2/3/12 10:07 AM

Hi Diane,

Yes, I am now considering keeping the D1...I guess there are a couple issues...I can't use my walking foot on it...and can't seem to free motion on it. It does sew very nicely...and I was able to make my stuffie on it with no problems with the foot pressure.

If I buy another viking, I'll have the same issue with the walking foot. And yes, I could go ahead and buy the $100 walking foot...It's an option.

If I can find a Janome or something more standard then I can both save some money and have something that some of my current feet will work on.

I do, however, want some decorative stitches...though I don't use them all that often. I dunno. I guess there's just too many options or something.

That Janome that the neighbor has really makes a beautiful stitch. We got it to sew a fabulous satin stitch on that karate belt and again it was THICK!

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