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New machine or not?

pooh715 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’m a former dressmaker that invested in a New Home 7500 over 10 years ago. For the past 6-7 years I’ve had problems about every sixth months and can’t depend on it to work when I want to sew. I’m in the market for a new one and even though one dealer has recommended a Janome I really don’t want to go back to the same machine that has given me so many problems. Right now I’m torn between having the New Home repaired and trying to work with New Home bobbins (which may have been part of my problem), purchasing a used Pfaff electronic (not sure of the model number), or buying a new Brother NX-400 that has a whole bunch of cool stuff that I know I would use.

I primarily sew clothing (suits, some children’s clothes, some home dec).

What would you do!


  1. Elisabeth | | #1

    I would definitely want a machine that didn't give me problems every six months! My vote is for the Pfaff since they have a good track record of going forever. The dual feed is pretty nice too. You can find reviews on many machines, the Brother included, at http://www.patternreview.com to help you make a decision. If you sew suits I think you would be most happy with a machine that has excellent stitch quality. Also reasonable speed, long seams are a chore with a pokey machine. Computerized machines have the great features of needle up/down stopping, etc. I suggest heavily test driving the machines you are considering. Bring your own fabric samples in the weights and types you use and bring your own thread if you often use something other than what the dealer is using. The only way to know if a machine feels right to you is to spend time sewing on it and a good dealer will understand and help. I encourage you to be open to older machines if they are available. Old Vikings, for example, are wonderful. I have one circa 1960 that is superb. I'm not suggesting you look for an antique though! Just letting you know that age doesn't slow down a good machine.

    1. pooh715 | | #2

      Thanks for the advice and info - I immediately went to the PatternReview site and found it very helpful. I know what you mean about older machines. The only other machine I've had was a hand-me-down White that I had for about 15 years after my mom had it for about 15 years. The only repair that every had to be done on that machine was to replace the motor (after a heavy-duty sewing session)!

      Thanks again!

      1. SewTruTerry | | #3

        Don't discount new Vikings either and whatever you do make sure that you are comfortable with the dealer as well.  Because after you get the machine home there are bound to be questions and having a dealer that will back you up and help guide you through those times are what really determines if you are happy with the machine.

  2. kjp | | #4

    Your comment about using New Home bobbins raised a question in me.  Most newer machines need the proper bobbin in order for the stitch calibration to work properly.  If you are using the wrong bobbin, could you be causing the problems you have had with your machine? 

    That aside, I'd go with Pfaff, Viking or Bernina for consistent great quality.  Good luck!


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