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  • tamsterg7
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    Personally, I think a review such as this is best done via a google search, or reading Amazon reviews or other sources by the person interested in buying. Once you have done your research and narrowed your choice down to 2-3, then a post asking for forum members with those machines might prove helpful in making a final decision. As Jean said, we all have personal tastes, likes and dislikes and a devoted spot could becomequite cumbersome, especially since our beloved MS* does not sell machines.

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  • gemmit
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    does anyone think that an app that could calculate the amount of material needed on the site would be a good idea ..? trying to figure out what i need does my head in .. especialy the fact that the material is in inches and yards and here we work in centimeters and meters .. . ? Just a thought for us overseas quilters

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  • ozziepuppy
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    To me, if I were in the market for a new machine (or in the market for a good used machine), the thing that would matter the most to me would be the machine's reliability. When I want to buy something, it doesn't matter if it has fancy features or extra accessories if you can't count on them to work reliably. Even the amazon reviews do not really give this information as people usually write reviews soon after they receive their items. I can look up "features" but so what if it has an extra 300 stitches over a similar machine if I am going to have trouble with thread tension over time or if, on the odd occasion when I have to sew through 8 layers of fabric, it can't handle that? These are things we find out as we use our machines for different types of projects over time, and that we can share with other members of the forum.

    I don't think it is a conflict with M* to list reliability experiences with our machines just because they have a tie-in with Babylock. Babylock is getting advertising every time there is a tutorial or retreat, but M* must know that people who shop for fabric here do not all own Babylock machines. If we don't have machines that work properly, we are less likely to continue sewing (and to continue buying fabric), which would result in a loss of business--so it is definitely to M*'s advantage for people to have machines that work reliably, whatever the brand.

    I see nothing wrong with having a section on machine reliability. I see no need to include information about features as that can easily be obtained elsewhere. I think that could be a very useful section, especially for those buying used machines. (Many other sources of information online concentrate on features-for-the-buck, which might or might not translate into long-term satisfaction with the machine.)
    Last edited by ozziepuppy; March 23, 2014, 12:09 PM.

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  • CarolynK
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    Just my two cents... My DH bought me a Bernina 550 QE Sewing Machine and I absolutely love it. It wasn't cheap, but I've never had a new machine and very simplistic ones at that. It came with the walking foot and the BSR Stitch regulator so I don't have to worry about my stitch length or speed when I FMQ. I've had it for two years and no problems or issues with it. Very easy to use and comes with a ton of stitches. So far I've only used a few of them....so little time.

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  • JCY
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    In my opinion, sewing machine reviews are not needed on this quilting forum. That's what Google, Consumer Reports, YouTube, & other similar web sites are for. JCY

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  • Hulamoon
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    Maybe this site will help

    Best Quilting Machine? - Quilters Club of America

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  • auntiemern
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    You can get into an Innovis for less than $1300. I have an Innovis NX450Q, and paid $800 for it on sale. Retail was $1200. You have to look around. You can get an Innovis on ebay for $800. JS
    Originally posted by soul60s View Post
    I wish ours did. They don't even have one set up. When I talked tot he Brother dealership to see if he had the PC240 or the 1500S he said they don't carry lower end machines. Walmart is lower end to me and they don't carry these. So these machines are too low end for a dealer and to high end for walmart. Sigh. He said he might be able to put me in a floor model Innov for $1300. That is WAY out of my price range. I seem to have slipped through the preverbal crack.

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  • easyquilts
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    Originally posted by kensington View Post
    Oh yeah, Jean is right, you need to start a group ... and let people come in and discuss what they have, what they like or don't like and why. that would be the quickest route to what you are asking.

    I like that idea... Sort of a conversation.... People could ask about specific machined, or write about their experiences with their own machines... Personally, I love to read about sewing machines... I must have read hundreds of reviews over the last few months... Mostly just for fun...

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  • soul60s
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    Originally posted by SheriannSews View Post
    I am a member of many groups and boards all related to sewing, embroidery and quilting. One thing I have found over the years is most people will post a problem sometimes 'ad nauseum'.... few people post when everything is going right. JMHO
    Exactly. So you take things with a grain of salt. This system work on patternreview.com because the machines are reviewed by members. Their setup is the name, price, features, review, pros, cons, bottom line. It gives it all to make informed decisions.

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  • SheriannSews
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    I am a member of many groups and boards all related to sewing, embroidery and quilting. One thing I have found over the years is most people will post a problem sometimes 'ad nauseum'.... few people post when everything is going right. JMHO

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  • soul60s
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    Originally posted by kensington View Post
    Our JoAnn's have about 15 machines set up to sew on... Singer, Viking all ranges of styles and prices from cheap to expensive. Quilting machines and embroidery machines. You can drive any of them.
    I wish ours did. They don't even have one set up. When I talked tot he Brother dealership to see if he had the PC240 or the 1500S he said they don't carry lower end machines. Walmart is lower end to me and they don't carry these. So these machines are too low end for a dealer and to high end for walmart. Sigh. He said he might be able to put me in a floor model Innov for $1300. That is WAY out of my price range. I seem to have slipped through the preverbal crack.

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  • K. McEuen
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    Originally posted by Jean Sewing Machine View Post
    If you can find a NON-SNOTTY dealership ( perhaps you might have to travel a bit), used higher end machines might be a good option for you. If you can go up to $800, you can get some good older trade in machines that would serve you well.
    I was going to suggest the same thing. I have an old Pfaff that I bought used close to 20 years ago. I still use it a lot, even though I have a high end Brother machine. My Pfaff traveled with me to MSQC retreat last year.

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  • kensington
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    Originally posted by soul60s View Post
    Wow. My JoAnn's only sells Singers and they are not for test driving. They are locked down up on a shelf. Even the Ginghers are locked away. I was in Walmart the other day and they had a pair of Ginghers that wasn't locked away. No one in JoAnn's will help you either. Sad. It is not a bad area but they sure make it out to be.
    Our JoAnn's have about 15 machines set up to sew on... Singer, Viking all ranges of styles and prices from cheap to expensive. Quilting machines and embroidery machines. You can drive any of them.

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  • soul60s
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    Originally posted by Jean Sewing Machine View Post
    You can start a group under Groups and start a database there. That way, people who want to contribute have a place to record their information. Several members have suggested that. You can do that yourself, MSQC doesn't have to get involved in collecting information or starting something new.
    I don't know how to set up a form so people don't have to spend so much time typing things out. The form makes things faster to fill out, easier to read. It is organized. I never once thought that M* would have to do anything except to create the section and form. We do the rest. If they are worried about spammers then they can set it up so no one is allowed to post outside links.

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  • Jean Sewing Machine
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    If you can find a NON-SNOTTY dealership ( perhaps you might have to travel a bit), used higher end machines might be a good option for you. If you can go up to $800, you can get some good older trade in machines that would serve you well.

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