Friday, November 4, 2011

What Are Your Thoughts?

Good evening, hope everyone is having a great Friday! I have been thinking about upgrading to a new sewing machine. My beloved Singer machine went out on me a couple of years ago, right in the middle of a project so , I ran out and bought another machine which has not been a great choice. The machine I have now is a small singer and is ok for hemming a pair of pants and mending. But, I have discovered that it is not great for bigger jobs. To be honest with you, I have not put in alot of sewing time in the past two years. So I really haven't used it much, but since my surgery, I have been working on several quilt projects. I have had trouble with the tension, I hate the bobbin system and it just does not perform the way I expected. I am formulating a plan in my mind and need your ideas and imput.
First, I would love to have this Bernina! It is way out of my budget and we do not have a local dealer. I have looked at a Janome sewing machine. I have found it is much more affordable and we do have a dealer in our location. I would love to hear from you, please give me your recomendations. If the Bernina is the best choice, I will just have to save my money to buy one. If a Janome is a good choice, I can go ahead and purchase a new one. My sewing projects will be primarily quilts and would love to be able to machine quilt. I am not interested in making clothes anymore, since my children are grown. However I do make items such as curtains, placemats etc.
I now have a dedicated sewing room to use and do not have to pack up the machine every evening. I am loving this! When my kids were small, I made everything they wore. I would wait until their bedtime, set up my machine,sew until bedtime then put everything up!
Please, let me know your thoughts! Have a great weekend!



Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

Several women in my quilt group have Berninas, but they are trading them in for Janomes. And they love the Janomes! I have a Bernina (electronic) and a Pfaff (electric). If I invest in a new machine, I will definitely buy a Pfaff. Now there's one more thing for you to consider :D

Phyllis in Minnesota said...

I've had a Bernina for over 10 yrs. and I love it. It is a work horse and I use it at least 5 days a week. They are expensive but when you're looking at a machine really consider how much you would use those extra on the one you pictured. I also feel it very important to have easy/quick access to a dealer and repair service. I do own a Janome which I transport back and forth when making charity quilts with a group and I don't like it, but it one of their least expensive models.
Try to find a website that compares machines. Good luck in your decision.

Lorri said...

Thanks so much for the advice! I am still trying to make a decision on which one I want to buy. Im sure it will be the last one, so want it to be a good one.

Penny said...

Lori, I now have two Janomes and love them. One I bought new in the 1980's, it still looks and sounds like a new machine as it has been well cared for and serviced regularly. This machine is the first Memorycraft Janome made so it was/is a top of the range machine so therefore well made. Recently I bought their new Horizon Memory Craft 7700 QCP with the large bed for learning to quilt my own quilts. The extra room is fabulous and I love using it now too. I also have a Single treadle I like to use and a Bernina my Aunt left to me but I much prefer the Janomes. My advice is to test sew..I did the Bernina 440 and the Janome 7700 which I preferred. Also liking and trusting the people you are buying from is important. Janome won their for me too.