Good second-hand models for quilting?
This is my first posting — I’ve become too incensed with paying more to service my sewing machine than I paid for it initially (low-end Kenmore) and was reading your letters for suggestions on machines. A lot of you adore the Janome 10000 and the Pfaff 2140 and 7570, but they’re out of my price range which is probably up to $1250, but not beyond.
My real love is quilting, and I have yet to have a machine that does free-style quilting (cf: the Kenmore!). The machine will also be used for the kids’ Halloween costumes, mending, and making the odd garment or two. So I don’t really need the embroidery aspects of the high end machines. I’m tempted by a used Bernina (1550?) at a dealship, but haven’t had the chance to get there to test-drive it.
I’d be interested in hearing about people’s luck with Ebay and would love some suggestions in what to keep my eyes open for in a good model for quilters.