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iambuzzysma

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PostSubject: Time for a new machine   Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:15 am

Tired of fighting with the bobbin case on my 14 year old Bernina. My fingers just can't do it any more. Sew, I've been looking. Several friends have the Juki HZL-F600. Lots of bells & whistles, but not sure I need that. I'm a pretty simple quilter. Besides mending for [i]everyone I know![i] I just make quilts & an occasional wall hanging. Straight stitch & zigzag are my go to's. Made a list of what I really need (want!): drop in bobbin, walking foot, knee lift, up/down needle, and I would LOVE a bigger throat. I only have 6.4 inches on my Bernina.

We have only one local quilt shop . The rest are 1 1/2 hours away. Local shop sells Bernina & Baby Lock. So I took a look at the Baby Locks. The Soprano and the Lyric are computerized, has all I want and an 8.3 in. throat, but still not sure I need 300 stitches. The Jazz is mechanical (I was surprised they still made them!) It has all of my requirements AND a 12 inch throat! 28 stitches. The clerk said it is a workhorse!

I'd appreciate any thoughts you may have!
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TxMaryQuilts
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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Mon Jul 02, 2018 12:38 pm

There are so many things on my machine (Viking Jade) that I don't even use and probably won't use that I would go for the simplest one that meets my criteria. That 12" throat sounds awesome.

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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:17 pm

I would love a bigger throat on my machine too.  Most women who sew would.  Please post a pic when you decide and buy.   Driving 1.5 hrs really isn't that much when investing in a machine your going to be using on a daily basis.  It might be worth the trip to see what they have. Good luck.
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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Tue Jul 03, 2018 2:25 am

I love my Janome, although it has way more stitches than I need, although I am actually using more than I thought I would. I use the even stitch foot for almost everything. I hated the Bernina I bought because it was really unreliable.
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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:48 am

I guess it's a gamble...my Bernina has been a workhorse.....love it! It's probably 15 years old.

Big throat would help with quilting that's for sure!
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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:00 pm

The 12" throat sounds awesome, mine is only 5 1/2" (no wonder I struggle, never measured it before!) and Im like you, dont want all the fancy stitches, straight stitch and zig zag are all I use, walking foot is awesome and drop in the top, easy to use bobbins are great. Make sure its easy to wind the bobbins too. I love the mechanical machines, I dont want a computerised, gotta upgrade the software and plug into the computer sewing machine, I just want a simple basic machine. The 12" sounds like a good idea, what about craigs list? Might be something close by? Good luck

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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:01 am

Buzzy I can't speak to the 2 machines you discuss. I have a huge love of mechanical only machines. They are so much easier to maintain. Maintenance of a machine is a time and $ cost many do not consider. My only electronic machine is a Viking that has been super easy to maintain. My electronic Bernina was a very expensive nightmare.

12 inch harp? Oh be still my heart
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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:03 am

Mechanical is most likely cheaper I agree.  Mine are both electronic and whoa!  They might as well just be replaced as be repaired.....sometimes.   Depends on what has gone wrong.  My problem is,  I'm so used to electronic now I'm not sure I could go back to mechanical.   I like all the bells and whistles.   Embarassed  Embarrassing  isn't it?
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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:14 am

Memaw, embarrassing? I disagree. Each has a right to like what we like. Pet that machine and whisper in it's take up lever how much you appreciate it. lol!
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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:51 pm

lmao

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PostSubject: Re: Time for a new machine   Sat Jul 07, 2018 5:33 am

Sew true Sewn, sew true...... lmao
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