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    Shiny Thimble

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    Default Sewing machine shopping

    So I have an older Brothers sewing machine...it loves to jam in the bobbin...would love to upgrade just done want to spend more than 300.00 any ideas...my mom has a Janome...thanks!

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Sewing machine shopping

    I've owned a bunch of Janome machines over the past 25 years, they are good machines. Mine were embroidery machines and high end sewing machines, so I can't recommend a specific model in your price range.

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    Shiny Thimble

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    Thanks! So much

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    Default Re: Sewing machine shopping

    Look at some Brothers. If you have a shop near you, they often get trade ins and give them a service and resell so you might be able to get a "new to you" solid machine for ~ $300.
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    The Guild President

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    Default Re: Sewing machine shopping

    You may just need a new bobbin case. A broken needle can cause nicks in the case. Does the machine wind the bobbins OK? Make sure they aren't squishy.

    Good luck deciding!

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    Default Re: Sewing machine shopping

    Thank you for mentioning the bobbin case and bobbins RhondaK. My Brother has been doing that lately too, periodically. Otherwise, I'm very happy with the way it sews. I'll have to look into that because I don't want to get another machine. So far it's just to the point where it's causing me a few "well now, isn't that annoying" thoughts

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    Designer Diva

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    Default Re: Sewing machine shopping

    Instead of buying a 5 year machine for $300,
    (Which is what you have)
    I would save until you can buy a better
    quality machine which will last for many years.
    It isn’t necessary to buy a new machine.
    There are good used machines available
    as trade ins. Do some research on what machines,
    Models you would be interested in.
    I love my Bernina and would not have anything else.
    I bought a used machine, hardly used still in the
    Original box for $1300.
    Everyone has different uses and needs
    and prefers certain brands. After research sew
    on the machines you are interested in. Talk to
    the salesperson and let them know what
    models you are interested and to call you
    when they have a used machine available.

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    The Guild President

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    Default Re: Sewing machine shopping

    If your machine hasn't been serviced in a while, it may just need a tune-up. They DO get out of time after a while.
    TRUTH is seldom appreciated, unless you happen to agree with it. When you don't agree, you just call it rude.

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    Missouri Star

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    Default Re: Sewing machine shopping

    I agree a good servicing may be all you need.

    Otherwise, I always suggest good vintage machines. If you don't need fancy stitches, something like a Singer 301 or 404. If you need fancy stitches there are lots of those availabe too, well within your pirce range. They will long outlive any plastic machine you buy today. Goodwill, thrift shops, garage sales are all good places to start. Plan on taking it to be serviced and cleaned, too. There are lots of facebook groups that are vintage machine oriented and they can advise on specific models.
    Donna

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    Default Re: Sewing machine shopping

    It may sound morbid, but a lot of us are aging rapidly and when we go...some of us don't have anyone who would really value our machines. Watch the craiglists as people will be clearing out mom's old stuff. Just make sure you try it before you buy it.

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