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I'm in the market for a new machine and need some help.
MarmieV
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Date: 1/24/13 6:58 PM

My old, trusty Husqvarna Viking machine is no longer functioning and cannot be repaired. I bought it new when I graduated from high school 40 years ago and it has served me well. So now I need to shop for a new machine.

I consider myself an intermediate seamstress, having sewed all my children's clothing for many years. Now I do more basic sewing and altering.

I don't really even know what features are available in machines now. I don't want to spend a ton of money, and am hoping to find something good for around $500.

Any help/opinions would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Date: 1/25/13 0:10 AM

There are a lot of choices. I would look at Brother 420, Singer Heavy Duty 5523 and one of the mid-range Janomes. Read the reviews on this forum and you will learn what will best fit your needs. If you buy online you usually get a 30 money back guarantee so you can try it out. Have fun looking.

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Date: 1/25/13 8:50 AM

I like the Singer Quantum 9960. You can get it on Amazon for $329 free shipping.

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Date: 1/25/13 11:28 AM

First, read this site compulsively for a few weeks - read the reviews and the forums on sewing machines. Look at pictures of machines on the web. See what appeals and what doesn't - discard the stuff that doesn't look good to you because you have to live with your new machine. THEN:

1. Set your budget and decided after seeing some machines if you want computerized or not.
2. Go see machines at the dealers and see what they have in new and used.
3. DO NOT let them sell you up to something you do not want or do not use.
4. BUT, if you are interested in new features and want to spend time learning new things - for example embroidery - you might want to raise your budget.

That said, in the 500 range you have several Janomes, a Babylock or two, some Viking named machines and a Pfaff I think.

Trusty machines in this range that I know about myself are the Janomes - several models would be great - the trusty solid Janome DC3050 is one terrific machine. People like the DC4030 and the DC5100. The DC5100 is the same as the trusty good Kenmore 19233 that so many people, including myself loved.

But look around and see what's out there and read read read.After all that choose one and happy sewing.

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Date: 1/25/13 8:11 PM

I agree that you do not need to spend lots of money to get a good sewing machine. However, I would recommend buying one that has a service person who can keep it tuned for you. I have owned a Bernina for many years, but about seven years ago, I bought a Brother. I really love it. Whenever I have had a problem, I found a dealer who can tell me what to do if it acts up. Just pick one that will do the type of sewing that you plan to do.

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Date: 1/25/13 11:27 PM

Do you want a computerized machine or a mechanical? Any chance you might want to get into a different type of sewing like quilting?

If all you really want to do is basic garment sewing and hemming, then a Janome HD3000 would be my recommendation. It is mechanical and seems to be a really sturdy machine for the price, which should be less than $500.

No matter what you choose, I hope you have fun trying out new machines and find the one that sings to you. :)

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Date: 1/26/13 10:07 AM

The best way to choose. Is to test drive as many different brands and models as you can.

Stick with local dealers.

Sewing machines have come along way since your last purchase.

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Date: 1/26/13 3:10 PM

YES, the HD3000 is another in a long line of similar Janome and New Home models that have passed the test of time. Depending on how much you want the newest stuff, there is such a nice array of machines to choose from! :)

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