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purchasing a new machine – Husqvarna ?

loopy | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am looking to purchase a new sewing machine and are currently looking at the Husqvarna Platinum 770. 

My previous sewing machine was a Husqvarna but is now about 15 years old, and am looking to upgrade but with all the choices on the market it is quite daunting. I was quite a good sewer once but haven’t picked it up for many years now but wish to get back into dressmaking and home decoration. 

Does anyone have any experience with this machine, or any recommendations on another good quality machine, with plenty of options for decorative stitches and features that I wont outgrow in a hurry.  Should I be going higher or lower in the market range?

I make like to experiment in the future with quiliting and or embroidery, but at present I think I will just stick to dressmaking and smaller home projects.  Is a surger/overlocker a necessary addition and where should I be spending my money – on the machine or surger.

Thanks.

 

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  1. rangers | | #1

    Hi, I too am looking at a new machine that will do both sewing and embroidery.  Iam considering the singer xl 1000 because of the large embroidery size 6x10.  I am also thinking of the janome 10001 which is alot more $$$ but does the free arm embroidery, but the dealer explained that you need a giga hoop to do large size embroidery.  I am new to machine embroidery, so I am a little confused/intimidated.  I have read that the Janome has had tension problems.  I don't know too much about the SInger.  But I have heard that the Singer xl 5000 had problems when it first came out, so I am not sure I should consider the singer xl 6000 since it is new right now.  I like the price of the singer xl 1000, but am afraid that I may outgrow it in a year or two.  Any thoughts on buying a TOL embroidery machine for a beginner would be greatly apprecialed.

  2. Elisabeth | | #2

    I have a 19 year old Viking/Husqvarna 950 that I am just as happy with now as the day I bought it. I wonder if your old Husqvarna is still running? If so, perhaps a good cleaning and tune up would be a good starting place?

  3. SewNancy | | #3

    I bought a new Platinum 750 last fall and I am very happy with it.  If I'd had a little extra money I would have gotten the 770.  I had a Viking 960 for 20 years and loved it and most of the feet fit this machine, so  that was a big savings.  It also makes great buttonholes.  I just finished a suit made from silk bouclea  and 4 ply silk for the skirt, lined in silk jacquard and it handled everything as I would expect from a Viking.  But what really is great is I have a great dealer, much better than the one who retired!  They are friendly and helpful and that really makes a difference.

    Nancy

  4. Audball | | #4

    I purchased a Platinum 730 last month after researching a bunch of machines in that range, and I LOVE it. I sew more now than even I suspected I would once I upgraded from my 30 year old Kenmore. :) Buy from someone you are comfortable with... I went to 3 different Viking dealers and finally bought from the one who seemed the most knowledgeable and interested in my concerns, NOT in pushing the "best" machine on me!

  5. marijke | | #5

    I bought the Platinum 770 about a year ago and have loved sewing with it.  I upgraded from a simple mechanical machine (Singer), and love all the possibilities this new machine gives me.  I do not have a lot of sewing time and the machine still has unexplored  possibilities.   The stuff I have done with it, the machine has handled very well and I am very happy with it.

    I also agree with other posters that dealer support matters a lot.  I got good basic instruction when I first bought the machine (and can repeat the lessons if I want).  My dealer is 1 1/2 hours away (I'm in a small rural town, the only place that sells sewing machines locally is Walmart), so I don't have the option of consulting them as much as I'd like -- although they have been willing to answer questions over the phone when I couldn't make it to the store.

    Marijke

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