Monday, August 09, 2010

Sewing Machine Suggestions?


So....we've been together for quite a while. Me & my Kenmore. Almost 10 years, actually. But I've worked her really hard & she's starting to slow down. Her motor will probably hold up like this for a while, but I miss her speed. I could get her a nice tune up, but I'm kinda feeling over it at this point. My mind has started wandering & now all I can think of is replacing her.

I was hoping you all could help me. Do you have any suggestions? Is there a machine you just love & need to tell me about? I don't want to pay more than $400 & I will also tell you that I am not really interested in buying a Brother or a Singer. Right now I'm really leaning towards a Janome.

My good ol' Kenmore, though....I'll keep her around for sure. She will be an excellent machine for my girls to learn to sew on. :)

36 comments:

Jenny said...

Well, I was going to suggest a Singer Curvy... that's what I have and I love it, but looks like your trying to stay away from the Singers. Good luck in your search

Chris said...

I LOVE my Bernina 1008. I've had her for ten years, and just finally took her in for her first service (my bad). She's not fancy, but she works hard and does a great job every time.

Kate said...

I adore my Berninas. You can push anything through them and they keep on going. I have my old girl who is waaaaaaaaay older than me for teaching my girls and my newie that can do all these pancy pants stitches on and I love her. They are really hard workers.

Jade said...

I bought a Janome JNH 1860 about a month ago. Computerized, 30 stitches, auto buttonhole, needle up/down memory, and so far is a DREAM. My sewing machine shop had it at $400. It's a limited edition, not sure if that matters to you. It has very similar features to the Magnolia 7330, which is slightly cheaper, but has a better LED screen that shows stitch setting, width and length all at once (And what presser foot you should be using for that stitch setting! genius!) and a better light. I have nothing bad to say about it yet, and it comes with a full year service warranty (compared to crappy Singer's 90 day warranty) and 2 years for a lot of parts and 25 for others. If you have specific questions about it you can email me. jadelovesbrynn {at} yahoo (dot) com.

Little Lizard King said...

I have a Bernina that I adore - found it on CL for a third of retail. Berninas never die and hold their value really well over the years. My mom recently sold a Bernina for more than it originally cost 20 years ago.
Best of luck!

Amy said...

I love my babylock! It is one of the simpler models, but I have never had any trouble. I think it was right around 400- but worth every penny!
Good Luck!

Angela said...

I have a Brother, just a cheapy little thing I bought at the Wal Marts for about $150. It works great for me, a gal who doesn't really sew a whole lot.

My mom has an older Pfaff and she loves it. She has used it faithfully for many many years. This summer she found a brand new Janome Harmony 4052 at a yard sale for $70 and snatched it up. The husband bought it for the wife, the wife used it two hours and it sat in a closet for ever after that cause she couldn't figure it out. I've played with the Janome some and it is AWESUM! I like it!

Big and Little with Odd Socks said...

I have a Janome QC6120 which I upgraded to after my original Janome Mystyle eventually gave up the ghost. (I love Janomes) The QC has 60 stitches, lovely automatic needle up etc, has vairable speed button so you can make yourself sew slowly in tricky parts without having to rely soley on foot pressure, but the best thing is QC stands for Quilters companion and although it is not a proper quilting machine, it does handle thick fabric and seams really well. Best of all it was only $600AUS so even sheaper in the USA.

Jeni said...

I don't have any model suggestions, but I have a Janome and love it! It's about 8 years old and still sewing really strong. :)

Grace said...

I have an older Janome as well and absolutely love it! That thing works like a horse but drives like a Cadillac.

Paula Kathlyn said...

I know you don't want a brother but I just have to say that I have had this one for 1 1/2 years and it is the absolute easiest thing I have ever used...and it sews and embroiders! http://bit.ly/9c7S89 Just my 2 cents :)

Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. said...

I have a Janome 8077 and it's great. I think I bought it for about $350.

Julie said...

I am pretty sure that the kenmore is actually a Janome as well. I have a Janome and and I love it. My mom swears by hers she is devout to the brand!

Alisa said...

I have that same Kenmore. I bought it from a friend of mine at a garage sale for $15 about 9 years ago. Her MIL bought it for her to learn to sew and she had no desire so I scored. It has been best $15 bucks I've ever spent! I look forward to seeing what you get. I've been thinking about a new machine and passing this one on to my daughter.

Rueby... said...

Go vintage! Seriously. New machines are crap in comparison. The latest I would go is late 60s. Avoid Husquvarna. If you can find a Bernina 730 or 830, you're set for life. Necchi, Elna, old metal Singers, Kenmore.

Lia said...

I bought a Janome serger on Overstock. I can't remember the price but I know it was a great deal.

Tempest Ahoy said...

Mine's a Janome MyExcel 18W and I love it like crazy. Some of the others (I'm thinking Husquvarna) I have found much harder to use.

moomi said...

this is just what i need! my brother sewing machine which i've had for about 10 years has started screaming at me whenever i sew and jams up etc and i'm also looking for suggestions for a new machine so THANKS CANDACE and thanks everyone for your suggestions!
<3 candice
melbourne, australia

Crafty Mom said...

I can't say enough good things about my Singer Simple. They have it at JoAnn's and Wal Mart. Runs around #100. I've had it for a yr and a half and I learned to sew on it. As the name suggests, it's simple. It's a really good starter machine, but you might be ready for something a lil' more fancy!

Sam, Adrianna, Zoe, and Penny said...

I have a husqvarna sewing machine and a janome serger. I love them both - I would highly recommend both brands. My Husqvarna has so many more features than my Singer machine, and they were the same price. And Janome and Kenmore are the same company, so if you like your Kenmore, you'll probably like a Janome too.

Kimminita said...

Last week I bought my Husqvarna Emerald 118. Great great great machine! Not sure how much it is over there. It was 495 euro here. But there's a 116 version as well which is 395 euro I believe. Pure quality I can say and so many handy dandy thingies. Sewing became even more fun.

Good lck in your search and let us know the outcome.

Sonia said...

I haven't used alot of machines (i currently use janome memorycraft 6500), but I do know what to stay away from., SINGER!! My sewing machine shop won't carry singer, because they were bought out by another company in the 90's and after that the quality went into the toilet. I'm sure some people have no problem with their singers, but I still wouldn't risk it.

Erin L said...

my mom's bernina has kept going for 30 years with lots of use.

Chestnut Sparrow said...

I bought a Janome DC3050 because it can handle home sewing and quilting really well. It was around $400 on sale when I bought it. I have never had a problem with mine and have just been working on a heavy denim slipcover without problems. I just bought a serger from this company and had good service. Here is the link to the machine I have on their site. They have it for sale for $479 (the shipping is free as well).http://www.sewingmachinesplus.com/j-dc3050.php

Me? A Mom? said...

I have a very basic Janome that I love but I long for more features. I'll be watching the responses because I too am in the market for a new one at some point. And I can't afford the $1000+ machines!

Darci said...

i too am looking for a new machine- i am ready to give up my Necchi, ive had it for 23yrs- got it for my 16th bday. I have been looking at the following: Costco has a Brother XR7700 for $175.
Amazon has a jenome DC2010 and Sears has a Kenmore Model# 19233 for $450. Cant decide what to do, although i am leaning toward the cheapie machine at costco. Does anyone have comments on these machines?

I just need a quick fix- when i am ready to set up a real sewing room I'll take the time to visit a dealer and test drive some machines. I really wish i could have my mothers old White- its probably 40-50 yrs old and sews great.

Leandre said...

That's funny; I have the exact same Kenmore, and although it has also served me well, I think it is time for an upgrade. On a sewing weekend with my sister recently I realized just how loud my machine is, and although I don't need fancy stitches for anything I would love a little more "ooomph." Thanks for asking the question; the responses are so helpful!

Kendra said...

I just got through purchasing a new machine and did LOTS of research before deciding. In your price range I would look at Babylock. My sewing machine dealer said she had checked out Bernina, Janome, Babylock & Pfaff and that Pfaff and Babylock were better and more machine for your money. I did personally look into Bernina and Babylock but I really trust my friend and she said she would NOT own a Janome so did NOT look at that brand. Bernina is EXTREMELY overpriced...I ended up going with a Pfaff because she recommended it and I am really happy. It is over your price range though and so my next favorite was the Babylock...so check them out.

Check out sew mama sew blog where alot of sewing machine reviews are listed but the BEST resource I found was http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingMachine/Reviews

Holly said...

If you get a Janome you can use all your Kenmore feet and accessories, so that is a bonus. I think they may be made by the same company. I have one of each (upgraded to a Janome a few years ago) and I have never had a problem with either!!!

Andrea @ Knitty Bitties said...

Hi there :).
Here's my advice/suggestions in a nutshell.
Started on a basic Brother (like the $100 from Costco version from about 10 years ago). Old style bobbin (not the new drop in) jammed all the time, frustrated, pulling out hair.

Upgraded (via birthday present) to a Singer Confidence 7470 after reading very good reviews. LOVE this machine. Seriously, I sewed on her about 2-3 hours a day for almost 18 months. Worked lovely. I did purchase the walking foot which made multi-layer projects so much easier.

Almost a year ago I splurged on the Janome MC6600. I sew about 3 hours a day on this machine and LOVE the speed, the stitch quality, the way she quilts .... BUT, I was very surprised that she did not fell like more of an upgrade from my Singer than she did. Really. I think the Singer is one of the best deals out there for less than 1/3 the price of my Janome.

Now I'm not trading in my Janome, but I have kept my Singer around as my go-to back up, machine if I need sleeves, or extra if I'm having a sewing date/lesson.

Hope that helps :).

Deborah said...

I see a lot of Janomes and Berninas on this list, which is what I usually recommend to folks who want an "investment machine." I have a second-hand Viking that I ADORE: runs like a champ, every feature I could ever want, is at least 15 years old and shows no signs of stopping. Found it on eBay, but I see good deals on all three of these models on Craig's List all the time.

Hope that helps!

Deborah said...

ETA: Singer is now owned by the same company that manufactures Pfaff and Viking, and has really made a huge change in how they manufacture their machines. Might be worth a look,and better than you were expecting!

Lisakc said...

I have a Janome 4050 QDC - given to me as a christmas gift 2009. I have taught myself to sew and quilt and LOVE this machine. It has everything I need and more and runs so smoothly. I am now addicted to sewing because of my love for this machine!

stephanie said...

i just got a JANOME MAGNOLIA 7330. i LOVE it. i got it for a marked down price of $349. it's now discontinued, so it's kinda hard to find. you can find them online, free tax, free shipping for $349. i did happen to find one in a local store, so i snatched it up.
it's computerized and has all of the other great main features of their more fancy machines, but is a fraction of the cost and does everything i would ever need.
good luck!

emily said...

i have had the same machine for about 10 years too! i've thought of upgrading too . . . looking forward to hearing what you decide on!

Alex Pablate said...

http://ireviewable.com/janome-2212-sewing-machine-review/ can be helpful here.

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