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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Help picking a new sewing machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 3/8/13 8:35 PM

Hello, this is my first post. I'm planning on getting a new sewing machine and really need some good advice. I've never bought one from a dealer, I'm using one I bought a Walmart like 10 yrs ago. Before that I always used ones my mother handed down to me. Now I'm ready to buy a really good one, I just don't know what to get. I'm limited in what seems to be available around where I live. I sew clothing, home deco and want to be able to quilt. I want it to sew all fabric types even thicker jean fabric. I was all set to buy the Janome DC5100 since it had so many decorative stitches which I really like and the dealer said it was a work horse but they didn't know when they would get it in. The Viking Opal 670 looks really nice online to. I'm planning on a budget of less then $1200.00 if possible. Thanks for any help.
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Date: 3/8/13 8:46 PM

I've tried the Opal 670 and it's a super nice machine. You can press a button to cut your threads! In your price range you could get the Viking 140C on closeout (red anniversary edition preceding the new pink Eden Rose). The price at my local Joann was $1099. Check if they have a Sapphire 835, too. Those are under $1000 and have a larger work area like the 140C, along with the auto-lift/lower. I ended up getting the Sapphire 875Q last week and really love it so far but wouldn't mind having the Opal in my room, too. The Viking feet are really nice.

I was limited in my area, too. It was Viking, Janome, BabyLock and limited Elnas. I'm not fond of the needle being toward the back of the machine and I wanted one that raised and lowered the presser foot on it's own and the Viking did that. The Janome DC5100 is a proven model and stitches very nice. It's been out for quite a few years in various versions, including a Kenmore model. Feet are cheap and plentiful. Check out both and take samples of fabrics that you normally sew on.


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Date: 3/8/13 10:05 PM

I just picked up a Juki 600 2 weeks ago and it is great, sews better then all the other machines I have used, including my much more exepensave Janome.

Most dealers sell them for about $1,000.00, less if you luck out on a sale.

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Date: 3/9/13 7:44 AM

Check out all of the threads on the forum about the Juki F600. I don't own one, but it would be my next choice if I were in the market for a machine.

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Date: 3/9/13 9:10 PM

I don't have many choices of brands around where I live. And now it seems that who knows when the Janome DC5100 will come in, I guess it's on back order. Never thought it would be this hard to buy a sewing machine. I like the Viking Opal 670 but I know nothing of this brand and if it's a machine made to last like I hear the Janomes are. Anyone got any opinions on Viking or Janome. One better then the other or one will hold up better then the other.

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Date: 3/9/13 10:29 PM

There is no way to tell how long the machine will last, but we can say that both Janomes and Vikings have a good reputation. I had the Kenmore 19233, which is the Janome 5100. It is the same machine only with red touches. VERY nice machine, Have you tried out the Viking at all? One thing about the Janomes is that they are very very quiet. That makes sewing on them very pleasant. There are so many nice machines these days. The thing that is nice about the Janome is the stitches and the quiet and the alphabets. Do try and sit on sew on them though, There is no hurry to drop your money, as far as I can tell, so wait till the machine comes in if you can. If you don't want to wait on the Janome, get the Viking, but be sure and sew on it first and check it out - it is hard to withstand the fever to buy, but you can do it because the machine will love with you for awhile and you want to know you are comfy on it. I also love my Viking (which is not the Opal), so I think you would be happy with whatever machine you choose. :)
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Date: 3/9/13 11:08 PM

There are some nice Janome's on Overstock.com. I got a sm for my sister from Overstock & they were very good with Customer service. I see the 8077 is there & DC 1050, Hello Kitty computerized. ....... just an option ... many reliable dealers online ...Sew Vac Direct has had good reviews here on PR. ............. We do not have Viking dealer anymore where I live so I am sorry I cannot comment on those.
I have Janome 2212 which is mechanical & I like it very much, as others have said reliable, quiet, easy to find feet for without breaking the bank, bobbins too. I bought it online & was never sorry that I did.
I hope this helps a little.

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Date: 3/10/13 8:50 AM

Have you looked at the Pfaff Ambitions? They have the 1.5 (I have it and like) the 1.0 and the essential.

The prices I have are from 2011 and the essential was not out then... 1.0 1,000 and 1.5 - 1,300

The Pfaff's have a built in walking foot known as an IDT.
7mm stitches; # of stitches... 195-1.5, 136-1.0, 110-essential.
Depending on which machine you choose from the series you can get low bobbin sensor, tie off, start stop button on front of machine, speed slider.

I mostly quilt but like to play with different fabrics, have had no problems with fleece, corduroy, velvets, satin. Have been hemming jeans lately and take it slow over the side seams but no problem.

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Date: 3/10/13 9:51 AM

Thanks for alll the help. The only Pfaff dealer is 60 miles away. I have a Bernina dealer close by but those are just way to much for my budget. I'll probably just wait and get the JanomeDC5100 since I would also like to get a bigger embroidery machine. Does anyone have the Janome 4120QDC? I'm thinking about checking it out to. I love what all the Viking Opal 670 does but don't know if I really need all the bells and whistles. Didn't realize how hard it would be just to buy a sewing machine.

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Date: 3/10/13 12:08 PM

If you want to do heavy fabric and seams I don't think you will be happy with a Janome. I have a Janome 6600, more expensive then your budget and it has a fit over thick seams resulting in tiny stitches. It was a huge disappointment for me because I think a machine worth that much $$$ should do better. That is why I recommend a Juki, they will sew anything with no problem. It is so much better then my 6600 I'm thinking of selling it.

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Bernina 230
Janome 6600 (for sale)
Janome 7700
Juki 600
Elna serger
Kenmore serger
Janome 1000 CoverStitch
Juki 8500 Industerial

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