Machine advice $500-700 Necchi? Viking?
I’m a young sewer (24) buying my first sewing machine and I would really appreciate some advice. I’m looking to spend $500-$800 on a reliable, versatile, user-friendly machine that will last. I’m currently looking at a Necchi (made by Janome) or maybe a Viking, but I’m open to suggestions for Bernina, Elna or Babylock.
I want to sew clothes, home decor and quilts, and I’d like a decent amount of stitches, but I don’t need a special embroidery machine. I wouldn’t mind getting a sturdy mechanical machine instead of a fancy computerized one (I’m not against computerized but I want to use a magnetic seam guide if possible). What I’ve been looking at:
(1) The Necchi Omega 6147 (msrp $1,000, but sells for $500ish)
Does anyone have any experience with this or a similar machine? I would be buying it through the small sewing store where I am taking classes, so I would get very good training on it. My wonderful sewing teacher swears by it, but she also has a financial interest so I was hoping to get unbiased advice.
(2) Some type of basic computerized Husqvarna Viking, maybe a Freesia 425 or a used Lily. My mother has a Viking and unlike her old Brother it has never had any stitch tension trouble. She swears by it, and I’ve sewn on it quite a bit, but I find the interface a little confusing. If I did this I wouldn’t get quite the same hands-on training as with the Necchi.
Please help, I’m totally lost here!
thanks so much,
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