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What’s the best machine?

celloplayer | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’ve sewn for 45 years, but much less in the past 10. I’d rate my sewing skills as excellent. My machine has been a mechanical Kenmore which now needs repair. Obviously, it’s time for a new machine, computerized, and new opportunities to explore with regards to fashion and home sewing. Shoot, embroidery and quilting are not outside the realm of possibility. I want a top-of-the-line machine (yes, I can afford it after saving money making all my clothes all these years) which has auto bobbin rewind, air-threading, expandible embroidery potential, “walking” feet, mirror imaging, usb connection capacity and heirloom stitch capacity. Any ideas? Is there a standout in the field?


  1. aunt | | #1

    I use a Pfaff for general sewing...the IDT system makes it outstanding in its field for perfect stitching and from going from one type of fabric to another.  I like my Babylocks/Brothers for embroidery...but then everyone likes what they have.   Only a few folks will have had a variety and can compare so it is hard to say which is best....there is only which is best for you....go to every dealer in your driving range and try them all out and write down what features each has that you are interested in so you can compare when you are at home with no sales pressure on you.   After doing this once, maybe twice...one will emerge as what you like best.

    1. celloplayer | | #2

      Many thanks, "auntie!" I'm in the process now of taking your advice, writing down the machine dealers in the Atlanta area for visits. I had hoped that there would be one "best" machine, but I suppose, like cars and kitchen appliances, we each have our unique likes and dislikes. Thanks again for writing and letting me know what works for you!

  2. spicegirl | | #3

    Before shopping I would:  First - make a list of everything I wanted on my "dream machine.   Second - this will be a major purchase - rate the dealer just as I would if I were purchasing a home or auto.  If I am not comfortable with the salesperson, but love the machine, I would leave and go back another day.  Maybe the "vibes" were bad the first day.   Happy shopping!

    1. aunt | | #4

      That is an excellent point about the dealer.   Nothing beats being able to call and ask a question and get help when you need it.   And being able to take a machine in for service and get it back in a timely manner is important too.   Another good reason to buy from a sewing machine dealer versus a box store.

      1. celloplayer | | #5

        Thanks again, Auntie and Spicegirl! Both things I would think about when buying a car, but did not even consider when thinking about a sewing machine. I'm a great one for locating the "perfect" item, and then finding it somewhere at a big discount on the 'net. Maybe that's not such a good idea with this particular item.

        1. Betakin | | #6

          If you haven't already, you might wish to check the PatternReview site for reviews on models by owners. Epinions and Quilter's Review also have on line sewing machine reviews but PatternReview has the most along with discussion threads.

          1. celloplayer | | #7

            Thanks! Will do! Without your message, I wouldn't have known.........

          2. Betakin | | #8

            Your welcome. I hope you find a nice machine that your will love.

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