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    Hi Girls,

    I have noticed that on the videos you sew on a Janome machine. I am looking for a better machine but am very limited on funds. I have a brother I got from walmart and have just started sewing quilt tops. It sounds like a jackhammer (lol) when I am sewing and go over a thin seam. It was only 79 dollars at the time but I really do want this to be a life time hobby and want a smooth running machine. Just wonder what model yours was. It looks like it does a great job.

    Have a good day,
    Sandy

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    I'm not a MSQC Girl....but I have a a few Singers, a Brother and a Janome. I actually paid less for the Janome than I did for one of my Singers. In several of Jenny's video's, she's using a Singer machine, too.

    Just an option if you're leaning towards a Janome: Go visit a dealer near you...look around, they have machines for almost every budget. You might even ask them if they have any trade-ins. My dealer will take the older models in on trade towards the newer models, and they have fantastic prices on the floor models. I got a great discount by buying the floor model when they were making room for the newer models. It doesnt hurt to ask! Good Luck!!
    ~Mary
    As ye sew, so shall ye rip.

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      #3
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      I have a Kenmore that I bought on sale at Sears and I love it.
      Patti
      "Like" me on Facebook @ Sweet Cherry Quilting to help spread the love of all things crafty and quilted!

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        #4
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        My friend just bought a Singer and she quilts with it.
        Susan

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          I have a singer quilting machine. I love it. It sews nice and smooth and is fairly quiet. I got it at Joann's Fabric and waited for it to go on sale. It goes for 399.00 and I got it for 299.00 with a nice warranty and they have someone at the store for service. He comes in twice a month. It has a nice large bed but you can also do cuffs on it as well as quilts. It came with a 1/4 inch foot, a free motion quilt or darning foot a, zipper foot, several other feet, and a even feed foot. I forget what other people call it. It feeds all three layers at an even pace. I haven't used mine yet. But I will!
          Just a thought. Hugs, Jan L
          Home, where each lives for the others and all live for God! ><(((((o>

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            #6
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            It sounds like a jackhammer (lol) when I am sewing and go over a thin seam.
            Try putting a fresh needle in. I find this tends to help. I have a Babylock that I bought about 12 years ago. I dont remember how much it cost but it's a solid machine that takes a LOT of abuse!

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              #7
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              I have a New Home that I bought in 1988 that sews like a dream and a Viking Emerald that I just purchased. I love, love, love the New Home and will try to get used to the computerized Viking. BTW, New Home was bought out by Janome.

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                #8
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                I have a babylock that I love and an Elna which I don't think they make anymore. It is my workhorse. love that machine
                Patrice

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                  #9
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                  I use a New Home I bought about 15 years ago and it's wonderful. New Home was bought out by Janome. If the Janome brand is a fraction as good as New Home, you would have a fine machine. For paper piecing I use a Singer Featherweight. There are several great machines on the market. You need to take a day and try several brands and see what suits you and your budget. A good sewing machine is an investment,
                  sigpicwww.whisperofrose.blogspot.com


                  Scottie Mom Barb

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                    #10
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                    Most machines will work well if they are cleaned and oiled regularly...by the owner! Learn how to do it and take good care by cleaning after every project. I was able to buy a Pfaff before I was married (54 years ago) and am such a fan...but they are expensive. I now have a Pfaff Tiptronic that was designed for quilting and I love it as much as my first machine. If some much older person in your community ever sells a Singer Featherweight...try to buy it. They are the old time standard and are still great quilting machines without a bit of electronic things to go wrong. A previous tip about changing needles (do this frequently) is a good one. Good Luck in your looking! Ann Marie


                    If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

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                      #11
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                      My darling husband got tired of listening to me complain about the old beater models that I picked up at auctions or yard sales and could never seem to get to sew just right (hence, they were in a sale). The year I lost my mom and my real estate office he felt so sad for me, he went and bought me a Bernette 92C (it's the top baby Bernina model before a full blown Bernina) for a present! How I LOVE that man! This machine does everything I need it to and probably then some. My friends love to come sew on it because it sews so easily! I'm now a firm believer in buying something "worth the money" and you won't be sorry! A good machine makes less headaches when you are in the middle of a big project! If you can't afford to buy what you want, start a little at a time. Like the person said in the above post, keep trading up until you get what you want!

                      In addition, my MIL had a New Home Memory Craft 8000 (it does embroidery) she bought brand new after my FIL passed away (do you see a pattern with our family?). She was attacked by dementia and I bought the machine from her boys for $250 and have been searching for cartridges for it ever since. I have tons of fun with this little jewel.
                      All my best,

                      Veterkins

                      Do something wonderful, people may imitate it!

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                        #12
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                        I have a Babylock Esante machine which also embroiders. I love it and it has been a great machine. I've it for about 5 years now. I like that I can use it for embroidery, general sewing and quilting. I new to quilting and just learning.

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                          #13
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                          I have only been sewing quilts since September and I asked my husband for a Janome 6120 QDC last Christmas. It only weighs 12lbs and is great to take to Quilting class. I love the automatic thread cutter, needle up/down button and auto lock button. This machine sews great with my inexperience and is a really quiet. I bought it at my local quilt shop and they are great to help when I have questions.

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                            #14
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                            Speaking of embroidery machines, I am looking at a Brother PE700 on Craigslist and wonder if I should beg my DH to get it for me. I have a basic Singer zigzag, a Brother 350 that embroiders a 4x4 but this one does a 5x7, I just don't know if I would really use it. I also have a couple of industrial machines, a needle feed/walking foot, a Brother industrial serger.
                            Am I talking myself into or out of this machine?????

                            Any sage advice out there?

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                              #15
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                              I have a Janome Magnolia 7330 and love it. I learned on a Singer when I was a teen (a hundred years ago) and my DH bought me a Singer when we were first married. I brought it in to get cleaned and he told me it would cost half what a new machine would cost. He recommended the above as a good starting machine. After 2 years, I am still loving it, but when I want to trade up (would like embroidery option) I will go with a Janome.

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