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Want to buy a sewing machine

hollyjo34 | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello, I am trying to figure out what kind of sewing machine I should buy for my grown daughter. I want a solid machine that can do some embroidery that is not too expensive. Have some good information for me?


  1. mem | | #1

    I really think the Janomes are the best value for money. I have a combination of a 300e embroidery only machine and a sewing machine 4800 . This is much cheaper than buying a machine which does both funtions in the smae unit . The 300e has some limitations such as a black and white screene and a small screen but this inconveneince isnt worth about the 2000.00 $ price difference of buying an all in one .

  2. pennedy | | #2

    I agree with "MEM", the Janomes are good, solid, well-built machines.  I have the 9000 and the 10001 embroidery machines that can also do "straight" sewing.  I purchased a 4800 for my daughter-in-law and granddaughters to use and they find it perfect for their occasional sewing needs.  I also have a Kenmore (Sears machine made using Singer patents) that I received when I was in high school that I call my workhorse - practically all metal parts, very little plastic - and I'll probably never give it up!  Whatever machine you decide upon, make sure the dealer will support the purchase with some training, i.e. how to maintain it properly and how to access and utilize all the features (and there are many included in today's machines).  Also, I found it stimulating, even though I considered myself to be an experienced seamstress, to participate in clubs and classes offered by the dealers.  With today's technology, learning is key and lots more fun when sharing it with others!  Good luck on your decision! 

  3. cookrose | | #3

    How experienced is your daughter with sewing? Will she need some help learning the machine? If so, it's a good idea to buy it from a place that offers up to a year of free lessons and support, as someone else mentioned. Don't know where you live, but it may make a difference in what you choose if you don't have a couple of sewing centers/sewing machine salesrooms in your area.

  4. Kiley | | #4

    Most of the Sears Kenmore machines are now made by Janome. Sears also sells machines with the Janome name on them but it seams the Kenmores are less expensive than the machines with the Janome name and the Kenmores have more features and the same quality. I own several Janome items and a computerized Kenmore among other brands like Pfaff and Elna and am very pleased with all. Janome also makes machines for Elna, Viking Huskystar and Mega Quilter and Pfaff Grand Quilter. There are difference between mechanical and computerized models but they all stitch smoothly and quietly.

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