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post #1 of 6 Old 12-12-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Sewing/embroidery machine recommendations wanted

* I am NOT in the market right now so please don't PM with offers. *

I am looking for recommendations on sewing machines and embroidery machines. Even if its just tldeatures to look for and things to avoid, the advice is welcome.

I want to be able to make clothing, horse 'clothes', polos, saddle pads, bags, etc.
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-12-2013, 07:44 PM
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I really like my "Brother." I make all sorts of things with it and have yet to have any real problems with it. You occasionally have to replace the bobbin case (the part the bobbin goes in to) and is supposedly something you do every certain amount of hours of sewing. They are pretty cheap on ebay. Brother customer service is really great too. My model is discontinued, it was a limited edition "Project Runway" model, with many different stitches. But there are some other great models out there as well.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-12-2013, 07:51 PM
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You will need 2 separate machines. I have 2 embroidery machines-a Janome ($2500) and a Viking ($5K). HATE both. Would easily sell them. Honestly. Don't get me wrong-they are wonderful do do the occasional monogrammed towel, and I HAVE put my horses name on turnout sheets only-nothing heavier, but it is not easy.
if you have the time to take classes and meet with groups, monthly, that is great-they were always making some tea caddy or something I could care less about, so I never went and muddled through on my own. To get the most you really HAVE to go to the classes. I went to one. Once they told me I could not even sew over a pin (which I can do easily with my HD singer that I love, that cost $150) I had heard enough. Oh-and with the computers-don't blow the lint……you have to brush it. REALLY?? For $5K it should brush it for me. And the thread has to come off the TOP of the spool…never the bottom….I am not even picky about my TP. It really is ridiculous.
Then there is the whole issue of which (not cheap) backing to use for what project…..
But-of the 2-I would keep the Janome. Much more user friendly, but then again, not the computer programs to make the embroidery truly endless.
Let me know if you want to buy one…I am serious as a heart attack. Most of my sewing is on my new(er) Singer HD. LOVE it. It will repair horse blankets, etc, and guess what?? It is not all computerized, so if it breaks, it is an easy fix! Or-buy a new one!

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post #4 of 6 Old 12-12-2013, 07:54 PM
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Singer Patchwork Sewing Quilting Machine at

I've got this machine and I've been delighted with what a hardy little beast it's been. So far I've made my sewing machine cover and repaired close to 50 horse blankets with it. I've sewn fleece, leather, heavy blanket fabric and web straps and had absolutely no problems with it at all. If I ever get to the point where the horses quit tearing up their blankets, and I can actually make an article of clothing, I'll be happy to give a report on that too.

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post #5 of 6 Old 12-12-2013, 07:54 PM
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I had a Brother for 30 year-liked that one too…..just not into all the fancy stuff, I guess. I just want to make my drapes, duvets, etc……and sew the occasional ripped horse blanket. The Brother was the one I used to make pads on…….

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-12-2013, 08:11 PM
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I have a lower end Janome ($300 - $400). It's just a basic sewing machine, but it seems to do a nice job. I like it, but i haven't had a ton of time to fiddle with it.
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