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misskira
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Date: 3/4/12 11:16 PM

After reading for what seems like 2 days straight, I still have no clue which machine to buy.

Right now I sew mostly diapers and kids clothes, and imagine I'll move into quilting when they get bigger. I do some home dec projects as well. I have no interest in embroidery.

My must haves:
up/down needle memory
drop feed dogs
able to sew through multiple layers with elastic
variable speed control.

My budget is no more than $500, less would be great. The machines in the $300-500 price range all seem so similar, so I guess that's why I'm stumped.

It appears my options are:
dc1050 at $299 (refurbished 8050 $219)
dc3050 at $449
dc2010 at $449
dc2011/2012 at $499

and the Kenmore 19233 at $399 (which is basically a dc5100, right? those go for $599)

The 2 special feet I need are a teflon foot and a walking foot, and the only one to come with the walking foot is the 2012 I think. The teflon foot I'll have to get no matter what.

So from those choices, is there a clear winner? A clear best machine for the money? Are there better prices somewhere that I haven't found? A different machine I should consider? Or should I go with a completely different brand? The Brother cs6000i for $152 sure looks appealing, but my guess is you get what you pay for with that one.

I am happy to buy in store or online. My local dealer only has the 2012 and 3050 in-store, but they do a free 1 year tune up and class. I can't really wait to buy for too long, my current machine is going belly up.

Thanks so much!
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Date: 3/4/12 11:22 PM

The DC2010 can be found online, new, for $399 so all the better for that choice. Too bad you couldn't spend $49 more. You could get the DC4030 and have pressure adjustment for $549. It has a start/stop button, too.
The DC 3050 is basically the same as the DC 2010/2012 with the addition of auto tension.
I recently bid and lost on a Kenmore 19110(which is the same as the DC2010/2012 and was offered a second chance and the seller sent me the 19233 instead! Very nice...



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Date: 3/4/12 11:29 PM

I have the DC2010 and I am very happy with it. It has all the options you mention.

The buttonhole I find is very nice and so easy to do. Twin needle topstitching is always nice and easy to do as well.

The tension is good, doesnt need fiddling with, goes through thick material well, I use a humper jumper or whatever they are called, and have no issues with it.

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Date: 3/4/12 11:38 PM

I do see the 2010 on ebay for $399, thanks for the tip! I also found the Magnolia 7330 for $339.15. The flowers on it might drive me crazy though. Petty I know. I could get over that if it's a great machine though. The same store is out of stock of the dc4030pr which is a shame because with my coupon it would only be $466.65.
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Date: 3/4/12 11:47 PM

What coupon is that? That's a great price for the DC 4030! I'd choose the DC 2010 over the Magnolia....


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Date: 3/4/12 11:59 PM

shopjoya has a save15percent for 15% off. But no machine in stock that I want... I did email them and ask just in case. It would make the 1050 a really attractive price as well. I bought my serger from them and they were fantastic. They are only a few hours away from me so shipping is next day after they send it out.
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Date: 3/5/12 0:29 AM

Quote: misskira
I do see the 2010 on ebay for $399, thanks for the tip! I also found the Magnolia 7330 for $339.15. The flowers on it might drive me crazy though. Petty I know. I could get over that if it's a great machine though. The same store is out of stock of the dc4030pr which is a shame because with my coupon it would only be $466.65.
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Even if you have to cough up another $50-$60 it would be worth it to get the presser foot pressure control of the DC4030. It will save you when it comes time to sew elastic-REALLY!

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Date: 3/5/12 7:23 AM

The start/stop button may be handy when quilting too, depending on what you prefer.

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Date: 3/5/12 7:58 AM

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Even if you have to cough up another $50-$60 it would be worth it to get the presser foot pressure control of the DC4030. It will save you when it comes time to sew elastic-REALLY!

If you don't mind the graphics (especially since it's $150 less!!), the Janome ThreadBanger is the same machine as the DC 4030. They were discontinued about a year ago and replaced by the non-graphic 4030 but I found that Overstock has it on sale for $399. Here's the link. When I bought my TB-30 it was $389 two years ago so this looks like a fabulous deal for a great machine.

EDITED- Oh dang it, I just noticed this was out of stock. Sorry! I'd still call around to see if the dealers might still have leftover machines and willing to sell them for less than the 4030.

EDIT #2: Here are a few more links to various places that says the TB-30 machine is $399 with free shipping, you'll have to check with them about availability because it doesn't say they're out of stock on the sites. NAYY

Quilter's Warehouse

Sewing Machines Outlet


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Date: 3/5/12 9:40 AM

Oh thank you! I'm seriously considering that one now. The graphics aren't my favorite but I do like red. And I like the pricetag.

It's too bad I wasn't looking for a new machine 6-8 months ago when the Kenmores were clearanced out.

I am also going to go into the dealer today and see if they have any last year models or floor models hanging around.

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