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Date: 11/27/12 6:31 PM

I've always wanted to learn sewing so I started with a few classes at the local fabric shop. I'm taking a couple more there after the holidays & eventually I want to go beyond what they offer, so I'm hoping to get my own machine for Christmas. I want to make garments & am not the least bit interested in quilting or embroidery, which seem to be the focus of the manufacturers nowadays, so I'm looking for a simple but durable machine (preferably mechanical) that I can afford.

I got interested in the Janome HD1000 because it seems to meet my criteria and has a lot of good reviews. However, my teacher told me that she didn't like that brand - I realize she probably has a vested interest in steering me toward what they sell in that store but I also like her & respect her opinion as an experienced professional. I see that there are many Janome fans here but I'd be interested in advice from anyone about any brand. Thanks!

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Date: 11/28/12 0:20 AM

I think I've owned most all the major brands over the years they all have their pluses/minuses, I always say buy the best you can afford with the features you need for the type of sewing you'll be attempting.

That said, I believe the Janome HD1000 seems to fit your wants, the price is certainly great @ 299.99 from several online vendors. I'm just assuming you're buying online? If so, HSN is offering free shipping: HSN

Good luck in your quest! Happy sewing!
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Date: 11/28/12 8:12 AM

Its a strong and able machine and while you could get more features in a $300 Brother, this one would be my choice over the others at this price-point. Two things to consider: It has a 4-step buttonhole and no adjustable presser foot pressure. I like the 4-step buttonhole and I don't know if lack of pressure will have an effect or not. Most often it does not. If you intend to sew knits, you might want to get a walking foot but you'd probably need one anyway...whether you buy this machine or something else. The small foot-print makes maneuvering curves so much easier and more precise than working w/ 7 mm stitch width. Since you have no interest in decorative stitches, this is a bonus. Only reason to trade up later would be for more buttonholes styles or if you just want more stitches or computerized needle up/down, etc.

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Date: 11/28/12 10:21 AM

Thanks! I think one of the nearby independent shops might carry Janome, although I don't mind buying online since there are local places that will provide service. I also like that HSN has 4 payments & free shipping.

Also, I wonder if it would be worth it to find a used Bernina & pay a little more?

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Date: 11/28/12 11:36 AM

You may stretch your budget too much with a Bernina. I would stay with your entry level for a year or so and save up for a Bernina. By then you will know what you like to sew and what features you want (and why). Bernina has great financing too. If you broaden your classes you will get more exposure to various brands. Most of us really like having 2 machines, something simple and lightweight and another one with the features we love.

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Date: 11/28/12 1:17 PM

That would seem to be a good choice. I like Janomes & Janome made Kenmores which are now all Janome (Kenmore is no longer sold by Sears). The feet are also very reasonable price as well as bobbins .... where as if you buy Bernina, Viking they require special feet that are pricey. .... I have found Janomes are sturdy & quiet sewers ... I like the stitch quality also. ....
Hope this info is helpful.

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Date: 11/28/12 1:42 PM

Really good advice - thanks again! Hopefully the local shop will have the Janome so I can get a look at it at least, & then see if the price is still better online.

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Date: 11/28/12 5:32 PM

Eraser,
Welcome to PR. I hope you get lots of good advice here, and I am sure you will. We are a friendly bunch and love to talk.

Ask anything you want. We have ALL asked questions of each other and we have learned from each other.

Warning: One sewing machine might not be enough for you after a while. I have 3 and a serger. I only had one when I started on PR...

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