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Brother Innov IS 40, Janome 7330 and Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118.
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Date: 12/2/12 10:28 PM

I'm looking to buy a new sewing maching for my wife for Christmas. She is a beginner sewer. I went to a few stores and the machines I found are: Brother Innov IS 40, Janome 7330 and Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118. From what I get, these machines are similar. I need help and suggestions please!!!

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Date: 12/2/12 11:10 PM

Hi there.....

May I ask.... do you have a budget in mind or are you shopping based on features?

What kind of sewing does she think she is wanting to do? (Home Decorating, Garment, Quilting, Patch & Mend?)

I personally would do a Janome if I were buying for a beginner... they're terrific machines. Here's another one that you didn't mention... but this one has a load of stitches and I think it's a great starter machine that would serve someone well:

Janome DC5100 on Amazon

And personally, for a machine in this price range, I'd be shopping Amazon instead of a local dealer - for the simple reason that if she wants to trade up or down ... or return it for any reason... Amazon is painless to deal with.

That Janome 7330 is a nice machine, too. For that price, it's a super deal.

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Date: 12/2/12 11:16 PM

Hey...

I just went back to do a slightly different search and found this machine:

Janome 8077

Now.. this is just me... but I prefer this one over the Magnolia because I personally wouldn't want to live with the graphics of the Magnolia for years to come unless I was giving it to a younger child.

But that's just me.

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Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 12/2/12 11:28 PM

Of the three I would choose the Janome. The Brother is not exactly a full-sized model, more 3/4 size. The Janome is super easy to use.
For most buyers of machines for other people we usually recommend that you give a gift card to let the recipient go and try out machines to find what appeals to them. Afterall, they have to sit in front of the thing and some wives will sit in quiet frustration while trying to love a machine as they do not want to show disappointment in your choice of gift for them. As RipSticher said, she may hate big flowers on a sewing machine...you never know.

Machines are generally not returnable unless you are buying from a big box vendor(like Walmart); dealers will most likely let you trade it for something else they sell.


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Date: 12/2/12 11:31 PM

I recommend a dealer because a beginner would really benefit from dealer support, lessons etc.
Leslie

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Date: 12/3/12 6:47 AM

In the under-$400 range I recommend the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960, online purchase. It has box feed - Magnolia does not. It does not need oiling - Magnolia does. I've had both. Stylist is far superior motor, tension, everything! However - for a beginner, both may be too much machine and money. Might look at Singer line, lower end, Tradition for instance, for a starter machine. With the idea of replacing if sewing continues and advances. Can see in stores. And at good price during holidays.

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Date: 12/3/12 7:57 AM

The current Singer Fashionmate-easy, easy, easy...top loading bobbin, 70 stitches, just a fun machine.

$150 at Amazon or Walmart.

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Date: 12/3/12 11:17 AM

I'll be the crazy person and say the Emerald because I think it will have more versatility in types of fabric it can handle easily, has a fairly powerful motor, Viking dealer support (from my experience) is really excellent, and I think mechanical machines are less daunting for beginning sewers of adult ages. HOWEVER, you should take her shopping and see what she chooses. It has less stitches than the other two and some people like lots of stitches. They are all three good machines which she will likely enjoy. I hope they are all priced similarly as well.

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Date: 12/3/12 12:10 PM

Does she know you are doing this for her present? If a surprise, she might or might not like the machine you choose for her. There are many machines and SHE needs to find the one she likes. If you choose it for her and she does not like it, that is not good. She would try to love it, but it often does not happen. It needs to be her decision.

Gift cards are wonderful. Shopping trips are the best! Take her out to lunch and then to 2 or more dealers. Plan the day for her and left it be a great time for her. She will remember this day for many years! Get a babysitter if you have children, so she can concentrate on machines and not kids.

Dealers, dealers, dealers is the only way to go. You could also try Babylock. They have nice machines for less than $700. I believe they have 4-5 models in this range.

Mechanical or electronic model of machine? I do not remember you saying which you were looking for.

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Date: 12/3/12 3:44 PM

I would go with the entry level Janome from Amazon if she is a true beginner. She can return it easier than with a Janome dealer (they won't refund, just trade up or exchange). They are easy for her to learn from the CD and manual.
After she sews for a year or so she will then know what she likes about it and what type of sewing she wants to do. Then she has the Janome as a great second machine and can visit dealers and get another machine with more features and the dealer support and lessons.
If she buys from a dealer before she knows a little more about sewing and some basic sewing machine features she may end up spending too much money and not get the right machine for her.

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