I am trying to pick a sewing machine for my daughter’s 12 year birthday. She is accustomed to sewing on my Viking Designer II, but we really need a machine just for her. Obviously, I’m looking for much less pricey machines, but with some perks so it isn’t completely dissimilar to her experiences on the Viking. I am seeing the discontinued basic computerized Janome MC300 on the web for $399 (list $1000), and am wondering if anyone has any insight as to how this machine might compare to the new Huskystars, which are in a similar price range? Does anyone have experience comparing the feeding system in both machines (piecing can be frustrating on my designer because the needle doesn’t like starting on the very edge of the fabric).
Also, do you think it is worth the extra money to go computerized when so many stithes are available on the non-computerized machines now?
I would so appreciate any feedback! My head is spinning!