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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Shopping for a new machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 7/3/13 12:00 PM

My 35 yo trusty Viking worhorse is finally ready to retire. I've been so spoiled by it. Don't know what is good put there these days. I sew professionally- custom sewing and alterations. Run it 4-6 hrs a day, 5 - 6 days a week so need one that can handle that. Need one that can sew well on chiffon, layers of denim, or soft leather and everything in between. Not an embroiderer or quilter but do some quilting.

Another Viking? Jukki? Bernina? Elna? Janome? My desler is sold in the Simplicity for Brother...I'm surprised by that?
What are your expetiences?

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Date: 7/3/13 12:40 PM

Have you read the reviews here? There are so many threads in the forum on sewing machines and they are quite helpful. DO a lot of reading here and see which ones sound like you might want to try them out - then go try some at dealers near you.Good luck.

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Date: 7/3/13 1:16 PM

I think there are a lot of good machines out there. My best suggestion is to try them out with the fabrics you use (a good representation of all of them). Sew over thick seam allowances, try the buttonholes, all the things you can think of that can sometimes cause grief. Testing will also give you the feel of the machine. I am convinced there are machines that each of us just like the feel of. With your sewing, you will need a good sturdy machine. Also, there are a lot of reviews and discussions on this site. Take the time to read through them. It is not always someone's dislike of a machine but exactly why it troubles them, would that be an issue, is it a new sewer's inexperience, etc. Then why do they love their machine. Most of the brands web sites give you an idea of what they come with, that way you can narrow down which ones you actually are interested in before going out to test. Hey, looking can be fun. Enjoy, and good luck in your quest.

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Date: 7/3/13 3:07 PM

How many stitches do you need? If you don't need many, and given all the fabrics you listed, a semi-industrial straight stitch Juki, Janome, or Brother would probably be best given the hours a day you're sewing.

If you need more than a straight stitch then test out all the brands and get the one you fall in love with. Since you use your machine for business the warranty could be different than for hobbyists.

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Date: 7/3/13 4:08 PM

Simplicity for Babylock has been around for a while, but I have never tried one.

Take a few samples of the fabrics you know you will be sewing and try out all the brands and models you can find.

Try the features you use most (rolled hem, blind hem buttonhole...whatever) then compare the outcome.

Also, test the dealer. You want one who takes time to demo, answer questions and let you test sew with their machines.

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Date: 7/4/13 6:44 AM

I tend to wonder what's behind the new machine question. It is fairly straight forward to search the PR Reviews for FoPR Members. If you are a free member- well you take what you get. You are basically asking others to spend their time doing your research.

I see you just joined PR- WELCOME! Questions like yours are asked fairly often and the answer is not easy for us.

So research is one area. Do you want to do that yourself or trust others to do it for you? I became a paid member because I felt there was no better way to do extensive machine research than on PR.

A second area of your question is the narrowing to certain brands. It would help more if you could narrow it to certain models. By visiting the dealers and reporting back to us which models (or features) you are drawn to we can help you get through the decision tree. Member postings are useful because often the Reviews found did not clarify something or other or perhaps conflicting reviews were posted.

Then there is a third area. Are you moving from mechanical machines into the world of computerized machines? People may not even understand the terms written in the reviews or by the posters- completely overwhelmed. Again, visiting dealers will help you know fairly well if you want a new computerized or combo machine or a vintage or classic mechanical or electronic machine.

I write this because I don't want those asking "what machine" to be discouraged. It isn't easy for us to understand what is behind your question.
So please visit dealers, test out machines, do a bit of research so that you understand the categories of machines and their features. We know it's very overwhelming and will be here to support you through the process.

PR is all about teaching and learning when it comes to any area that touches on sewing.
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