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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Help a quilter pick a machine? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Liz Thanel
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Date: 2/7/13 4:46 PM

My husband is buying another boat, so I think it's time to upgrade from my $250 Janome. I'm strictly a quilter (a little home deco) and want at least 9" harp, somewhat portable (25lb), needle up/down, speed control, knee presser lift, thread cutter, & start/stop button. I hope to master FMQ. I'm thinking $1,500 top range. Can someone help me decide? I've just researched on web but not done any test driving. Was aiming toward Janome 6600,7700 but see alot of negatives out there & afraid of computer issues. What say you professionals out there? I'd really love the input. Thanks (& my husband thanks u 2).

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Date: 2/7/13 4:53 PM

You have your list of preferred items to sew, needs and budget.

All you need to do is to start visiting dealers and test drive their products.

Don't think just one particular brand - give them all a fair chance.

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Date: 2/7/13 5:17 PM

Of course, when you look for information you are likely to see the complaints more than the praise because that is how people are. I would read a lot of reviews on AMAZON, and all the reviews I could here, and then as PattiAnnJ says - go shopping!Make a little kit of the stuff you sew and go to dealers. A good dealer is nice - if they won't let you sew yourself on the machines, avoid that dealer. See what's out there and what they might be able to do for you price wise. Be prepared with the specs and usual selling prices of machines as you see them related here on PR. Loads of us love our Janomes, but loads of us love our Vikings, and our Berninas and our Babylocks, and I don't mean to leave a brand out. You should buy the machine that you like both the functionality of for your own needs, and the one that "feels good" to sit at and use! It doesn't hurt if the aesthetics please you as well!Good luck! Having set a budget you are already part way there. And then keep us posted!

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Date: 2/8/13 6:26 AM

Liz, the Janome 6300, 6500 and 6600 are within your budget and remember, Elna is made by Janome and they have the 7300 and the model that is like the Horizon 7700. Pfaff's Expression 4.0 has what you want also and Viking's Sapphire 875. BabyLock has the Symphony which should be much like Brother's wide-harp quilting machine. Bernina's 710 is around $3500. I read of issues in FM mode with the Sapphires and Expressions...some do have better luck than others with those models. You're reading about the accu-feed foot w/ the Janomes. It is not a push-button easy mechanism but it works just fine. You may also have read of a lack of power w/ the Janomes. This really varies so much from person to person. If you have an interest in these machines, just take a fabric sandwich in and do your own testing. There are loads of ppl who love the 6xxx janomes and 7700 and have none of the problems you've read about. I love my Elna 7300--it FMs so very well and the janome table for these is very sturdy and makes the whole experience so much better/easier. If you decide you like one of the Janomes, see if you can get the table included w/ the price it has gone from $299 to $599!! Some dealers were including it w/ purchase for awhile so there's negotiating room there. Sorry I don't know beans about the Brother/BabyLock ability to FM and whether or not Viking/Pfaff has fixed the tension issues with their quilting machines. They all have the features you want close to your budget but they are not light to carry. You will need a wheeled tote for sure.

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Date: 2/8/13 7:44 AM

Hi

The 6600p is an excellent machine and since the new machines came out you can pick one up for around $1500 and it comes with the table. Most of the quilters in my area use the Janome 6600p or Bernina QE440. Once I did my test drive I decided on the 6600p, it just felt right for me and I have never regretted my decision. I think there are more positive reviews on the 6600p than negative out there but I recommend taking a few quilt sandwiches to the shops and give the machines a work out until you find the one fits for you.

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Date: 2/8/13 8:20 AM

I quilt alot and have both the Pfaff QE4.0 and Elna 740 (like the janome 6600). The QE 4.0 has some nice features like the hover and auto presser lift. The Elna has better cross hatch markings on the plate and I think better lighting. The QE 4.0 is a little more portable and I do use it for a travel machine. Both are great machines and can sew for extended periods and keep on going. I have had more repair issues with the Elna.

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Date: 2/8/13 8:20 AM

Quote: Liz Thanel
I'm strictly a quilter / want at least 9" harp, somewhat portable (25lb), needle up/down, speed control, knee presser lift, thread cutter, & start/stop button. I hope to master FMQ. I'm thinking $1,500 top range. /Was aiming toward Janome 6600,7700 but see alot of negatives out there & afraid of computer issues. /

I have the Janome Horizon 7700 - LOVE it! fantastic for the piecing part of quilting (the APC auto plate converter is the bomb!). However, I wanted a faster straight stitcher for the quilting part of the process. Soooo, I ordered a Brother PQ1500S from Amazon two days ago, @ $655 + free ship! I would have purchased locally but the dealer here can't touch Amazon's price. Amazon also has a wonderful return policy (you have to pay the return shipping if you do not like the machine). Here's the link: AMAZON BROTHER

I have a couple of quilty friends who have the Brother and just love it for FMQ. It has all you stated you were looking for, might be a few lbs over 25, lists as 34 lbs shipping weight but that includes box/styro etc.

Good luck on your quest! Ani
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Date: 2/8/13 8:43 AM

I also just bought a straight stitch machine -- the Juki TL2010Q -- for around $850. It has become my favorite machine for piecing. I haven't tried it for FMQing yet, but plan to very soon. I've been using my BSR on my Bernina for that and want to see if I can do it on my own. The Juki is so quiet. I just love it! Have fun with your search.

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Liz Thanel
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Date: 2/8/13 9:40 AM

I'm overwhelmed with all your responses. I can't tell you how much I appreciate this. you've given me great information & I'm spending tomorrow test driving. Hope I can restrain myself from buying the first one I drive as I'm so excited to use a good machine. I sent my husband a screenprint of a $13,000 Bernina yesterday, so he'll be happy if I keep it at $2k. Good idea, huh?
Thank you again. I'll keep reading more comments if you provide them.

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Date: 2/8/13 9:44 AM

The Baby Lock Serenade is currently on closeout, for less than $1000 locally. I have it's predecessor the Quest Plus, and I think it's a fabulous all-around machine for the money. I wrote a review of my QP here on PR. The Serenade has everything you're looking for.

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