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Message Board > Sewing Machines > What to buy?! ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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ptkein
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Date: 4/26/13 9:43 AM

Aaaah! I'm very overwhelmed by all the information on this site. Of course I want it simple...just tell me the #1 machine and I'll buy it! I realize everyone has their favorite for different reasons though, so I thought I'd take a vote!
I'm leaving my loyalty to Singer as my experience with my latest machine has been disastorous! After a couple trips to the repair place for timing issues, I'm told that it will proably continue having problems.
Here is what I want and what I sew:
Free Arm
Needle down
Many Needle positions
Stitch length adjust
Beautiful, smooth satin stitch
Ability to sew through several layers
Drop in bobbin preferably with clear plate
Well lit
Easy feet removal/placement
Easy stitch choice (see the stitches?)
All that and more!

I sew:
purses
wallets
placemats, table runners
other small projects
few clothes
few small quilts

I own an embroidery machine, so I don't need all that on a sewing machine.
I'd like to spend about $500, but could go a bit higher.

I've been to our local Janome dealer and of course he feels his machines are the best and others are junk, so I know I"m not getting an unbiased opinion there. Would like to hear from real sewist who are in the trenches using their machines!!
Can you help?

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Date: 4/26/13 9:50 AM

Wish I had thought to post a question like this before buying a new machine. Sorry don't have the answers.

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Date: 4/26/13 11:44 AM

Are your purses leather or cloth? If you're sewing anything with leather or pleather, I think most people would suggest that you get a straight-stitch only machine for your really heavy work since domestic machines are usually too light-weight for that stuff.

Have you looked at Babylock? with the thick stuff, you probably also want presser foot pressure adjustment. Only Janome I can think of that is electronic with a lower price is the Janome 4030. Maybe you could look at a Babylock Tempo which has more stitches? I haven't sewed on either machine, I'm just going by the internet specs

ptkein
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Date: 4/26/13 2:23 PM

I've never worked with leather or pleather, and probably won't. I have a fabric addiction and just not too turned on by leather!!
I really know nothing about any other machine except for the Singer, so I'm open. Just would like to keep it closer to the $500 mark if I could.

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Date: 4/26/13 2:34 PM

I have had very good success with my Janome 2212 & Janome made Kenmore 16321 ...both mehcanical sm. ....If you can find the 16321 It has many features that you have mentioned.
I have made pet beds, table runners, small clutch purses with my sm & they do very well. ...

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Date: 4/26/13 7:50 PM

You might consider looking at the Juki line of home sewing machines. They are reasonable and pretty tough. Lots of folks here love them.

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Date: 4/29/13 4:13 PM

The Juki Exceed line (300, 400 & 600) are what I would suggest. It would be a bit over your price but if you look for a customer return or a "show" model it will bring the price down.

I have a 600, love it!

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Date: 4/29/13 5:39 PM

For heavy duty sewing in my experience with 50 years of sewing a vertical bobbin is studier. A straight stitch only machine is a good suggestion. My Janome 1600p had a needle up/ own and a thread cutter plus a speed slider. It certainly had lots to piercing power. It now lives down the street. A thoroughly great machine. Oh, it also had a knee lift.
Leslie

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Date: 4/29/13 6:25 PM

Well I own two Janomes and have to probably agree that in that price point ($500) Janome might be the best. I had a Brother 420-it was an ok machine. I didn't really bond with it but others have really liked it. Consistent heavy duty sewing will push any machine in this price range unless you go with a Vintage Singer straight stitcher for the heavy duty work and get another machine with the bells and whistles you want. I saw a mechanical Elna (that has a Janome equivalent) this weekend. It was pretty nice and would do this but does not have all the bells and whistles. It was $399 at my dealer who said the Janome equivalent was $299.

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Date: 4/30/13 1:01 AM

I would buy a used mechanical Bernina or Pfaff of the older genreation. Like a 1006 Bernina or a 1020. Or a Viking mechinanical with the cams, those machines are tanks and sew through just about anything.

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