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Need help choosing between sewing machines!
Currently debating between Bernina 180 and Husqvarna sapphire but open to other suggestions.
lemniaalsa
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Date: 7/7/13 11:18 PM

Hello all!

I have a budget of about 1k and and most likely going to purchase a used machine just because I feel like I'll get more for my money that way. With that being said, can you guys help me find a machine? :)

A little info about my needs: I want something primarily to create samples made out of thicker materials like 10oz denim and garment leather, but would also like to work on georgette and chiffon on occasion. In addition, I'm looking for something with automatic functions like auto-tension setting and bobbin sensing, thread cutting(not vital), button holes, blindhem stitch.

So far I've found that the Viking Sapphire and Bernina 180e seem to suit my needs, but haven't been able to test them out. I've read the reviews on the 180E but they seem to focus on embroidery and aren't very informative on stitch quality. Which one do you think would better suit my needs, and do you guys have better suggestions? Thanks!
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Date: 7/8/13 8:01 AM

The Janome 6500 and 6600 are considered professional machines, and would be within your price range if buying used. Are you going to buy used from a dealer, individual, or either?

lemniaalsa
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Date: 7/8/13 10:25 AM

Thanks for the reply! I am open to either.

I was also thinking about temporarily getting a pfaff 1222E even though it does not have any automatic functions. Would this also be a good choice?

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Date: 7/8/13 12:50 PM

Why not two machines? One with the features for delicate sewing and the other for the tough jobs.

Thinking, an electronic with presser foot pressure adjustment for delicates and a mechanical for tough stuff.

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lemniaalsa
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Date: 7/8/13 3:01 PM

Do you have any recommendations for machines that would be a good fit for the two types of sewing?

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Date: 7/8/13 10:56 PM

Why not look at the reviews for a Juki F600?

If you have a dealer nearby, try one out, maybe. Would be a little less than your 1K budget and has plenty of stitches and power.

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keljo60
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Date: 7/13/13 11:10 AM

I have a Sapphire 830 (now 835) and while I like the machine, it does have tension issues when trying to free motion quilt and a large learning curve. I initially bought the machine because of the large bed it has for quilting, but while the Sapphires were supposedly designed with the quilter in mind, the tension issues with the free motion work make it not the ideal machine for that use. Straight stitch quilting (with a walking foot) does really well on this machine, it just doesn't seem to care for free motion.

Now that having been said, it is fantastic for any other type of sewing I have done on it. I've constructed many garments on it without any problems. The buttonholes turn out very good with the One-Step Buttonhole foot (if I remember right, it came included with the machine), it also has 6-7 built in buttonholes that can be done with the basic zig-zag foot. Go to husqvarna.com and find the stitch guide to show the different stitches built into the machine.

Another benefit I'm finding even more useful as I get older is the dual lighting it offers. There is a light by the needle area and also over the bed. I have been playing with a Kenmore 158.19142 which only has a light on the outside area of the needle and have found the dual lighting to be even more of a benefit.

I am currently trying/testing vintage machines to find one that will free motion quilt well (without tension hang-ups!!). So far I only have the Kenmore 19142, but want to try out the Singer 301/401/503 and the Pfaff 1222e. Money always being my issue (!), it may be a while!

That's my 2 cents worth on the subject, so good hunting for your machine!

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Date: 7/17/13 2:25 PM

Quote: lemniaalsa

So far I've found that the Viking Sapphire and Bernina 180e seem to suit my needs, but haven't been able to test them out. I've read the reviews on the 180E but they seem to focus on embroidery and aren't very informative on stitch quality.

As the owner of a dead Bernina 180e, I would stay away from that particular machine. When it worked, it was a wonderful sewing machine, but mine blew a circuit board for some reason (always plugged into a surge protector) and they are not easy (nor cheap - I was quoted over $500 for the board alone) to find.

Michelle

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