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Need computerized machine buying help

Skyeking | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am looking at computer machines: Pfaff 2124, 2046, 2034 and Bernina 440QE, 630, 640.  I have not been able to find any comparisons or current reviews, esp comparing quality of stitching and overall quality of machine and ease of use.  I sew mostly and have not investigated embroidery.  Any comments or website info is appreciated.  I had a Pfaff years ago and have a Bernina 1230 now.  Thanks!


  1. Kiley | | #1

    For some on line sites to check you might want to go to PatternReview, Epinions, Quilters Review and there are many posts at Sewing World also in regards to different models and the threads go by name brands. Good luck on choosing a machine.

  2. diday | | #2

    In addition to the suggestions above, try the manufacturer's websites for comparing the various features of their individual models. It's good to know what will be available for you *after* purchase as well, and both websites have a lot to offer.



    1. Skyeking | | #4

      Thanks for the input.  I read every Gatherings message on buying machines and yours added to the 'support' that the dealer offered.  The local Bernina dealer here is great (also sell Janome, Brother and may add Viking). The dealer says if you like Bernina, you may not be happy with Janome.   Having a mechanical Bernina for 15 years and using it overseas with transformers, it has performed outstandingly. The Pfaff offers a lot for the money also. 

  3. Kiley | | #3

    I  know you are interested in Pfaff and Bernina. I have a mechanical Pfaff and love the IDT but I also love the many features and beautiful sewing of my computerized Janome made Kenmore. It has a seven piece feed dog system that makes for lovely wide deco stitches on all fabrics that I have tried. There are some lovely machines on the market today in different brands but I really do feel that the Kenmores are quality machines that offer more features for the price and you might want to check them out before making a purchase. Janome made machines also have a good record from sewing machine techs in needing less repairs. Some of the features of my machine which is a discontinued model are 365 stitches, 2 alphabets which are block and script in upper and lower case, numbers and punctuation, auto lock stitch, up/down needle,  threader, stitch elongations, mirror image stitch, variable stitch programming to combine and create different stitch patterns, something like 7 different one step buttonhole styles, stitch recall button and more. It is the quietest machine I have ever used and I paid $540 for it on sale. There are newer models with more stitches also. It is hard to beat the features and quality for the price of these machines no matter where you look. I do suggest to do a test run on any machine no matter the brand before you purchase to find which machine is best for you. I hope you find a machine you love and use often. 

    Edited 3/18/2006 2:08 pm ET by Kiley

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