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Old 12-27-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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I am looking to upgrade my sewing machine. I have been sewing on my $80 Brother LX3125 from Walmart, since 2009. And honestly, it has been a great machine. I have no issues with it, and it was perfect for teaching myself how to sew. I have made many garments for me, my kids, and other...as well as many blankets and pillowcases. I have even used it to make and repair cloth diapers. I recently pieced a quilt top with it. Now that I feel I am a much more advanced, I would really like more features with my machine...as well as the ability to do more. The ONE feature I really want is the automatic thread cutter. However, I REALLY would love to keep my budget at $400 or below. I want something that will do all I need it to do, and possibly be one of the last machines I purchase. Maybe one day in the future, once I have been quilting a lot longer, I think I might like a long-arm machine, but that is REALLY, really far off!

Anyway, does anyone have a machine they would recommend that has this feature? I have owned both Singer, Brother and a Kenmore. I have preferred Brother. I sold off the Singer, as it was too difficult for me when learning how to sew. As for the Kenmore, I have no complaints, but it is put away as a back-up only...which I really have yet to need a back-up.

Would love to hear what you have or would recommend! Thank you! :]

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Old 12-27-2012, 12:00 PM   #2
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Go check out a local sewing store like Viking. They will have lots of great machines you can put your hands on and see how you like them. They haggle too. My BFF's fiancé went in and was looking at an $800 machine for her for Christmas. They showed him a refurbished model for $400 but it didn't have a warranty. When he said he wouldn't be spending $800 and needed a warranty, they sold him the floor model with the full warranty for the price of the refurbished model.
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Re: Automatic Thread Cutter

After having a thread cutter for the last 3 years, I can't live without it!

Look into the different models that are available with a cutter and consider either a used machine on ebay or through a dealer. sewing.patternreview.com has great reviews. My two current preferences (I've been shopping out a machine now that I can't get parts for mine) are the Viking Sapphire(870-875) and Opal (670). They are in a higher price range than you are asking, but if you can find one used (I've been scouring e-bay), I think they'd be just what you're looking for. Just don't outbid me on ebay.
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I use my brother pc 420( project runway 420) daily, and I love it! It does everything I could possibly want with the exception that the embroidery function is horrible.
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Thanks ladies for all the responses! :]

Mama Kim - I had no idea they haggled! I actually just went to our local Viking store, inside Joann, and purchased the Singer Patchwork. I just plain was not happy with it, but they have a 10 day, satisfaction guarantee return policy. I am returning it tomorrow, hence why I am trying to research now to see what I really want in a machine! The Viking store here mostly on sales Singer, which I have not always heard the best things about. BUT, I am actually researching one right one now that I am seeing nothing but good on it. Going to see what they have in store that is comparable and see about what I could possibly do on the price. When I went in last week, they did not have anything I could swing with the thread cutting option.

tibeca - Thanks for that site recommendation! I have somewhat narrowed it down to two machine, I think. They are both on Amazon. I loved the reviews I saw on them on that site, as well as others.

drunken - That machine is actually one of the two I have been researching today! I have it narrowed down to a Brother and Singer. I want to go with Brother, as that is what I have had the best experience with, but thinking I am leaning towards the Singer this time! My only complaints with the Brother PC 420 is that it doesn't come with the extension table I want for quilting. I looked into seeing if once could be purchased...while it does show that one is compatible, I read many reviews that the table is not actually fitting to this machine. Plus, the table itself is an extra $60!

The machine I *think* I have narrowed it down to is the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960. I am really, REALLY loving what I see on it. I am leary of Singer, but this machine has been out for a few years. After seeing a few years worth of great reviews, it makes me feel good about this machine. It has everything I want in a machine for regular sewing and quilting...besides the 1/4 piecing foot. But from what I read, you can easily adjust the needle position to get an exact 1/4 seam. I saw many, many reviews from quilters who are highly recommending this machine for piecing and quilting through thick quilts. I REALLY think this may be the one! I am going to go by the Viking store to return the one machine and quiz them on this one. Maybe they have it in store, but doubtful.

Thanks again ladies for all the comments and input! :] SO excited about this feature, haha!
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