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Old 11-19-2009, 12:19 PM   #1
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Husqvarna Designer 1, Janome 9500 or 9700- any of these worth it?

Thanks to everyone for reading all my posts about sewing machines/sergers! I appreciate everyone's help. In another thread last week, I had mentioned that while I need a new sewing machine soon enough, it would be a future dream to own an embroidery machine- and then tonnes of used ones got posted on Kijiji! (now what would Oprah say about that?!) I've been casually looking into them and am kind of wondering what others think about either the Husqvarna Designer 1, the Janome 9500 or the Janome 9700?
I've checked out www.patternreview.com etc but would love to hear what you mamas think. Also, remember these are Canadian prices which are always higher than in the US!
Just for points of reference, the Husqvarna Designer 1 is $500 and has only 200 hours of use, has 3 hoops (medium, large and mega hoop), the 3 original floppy disks, three manuals and a repair manual. It was recently serviced.Yes, it uses floppy disks. The Janome 9700 is $2000 (could I get them lower?) but has TONNES of accessories incl software, rolling case, giga hoop, stabilizer, thread, 256MB CompactFlash card w/PC card adapter, etc. It was also recently serviced. The 9005 is new in box but was purchased in 2006- and has no extra accessories. The asking price is too much but I know I could bargain for less.
And then our local Husqvarna dealer dropped the price on a new Topaz 30 from $3900 to $2700 incl accessory pkg but, that really is more than I can afford..

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You know, I just went through a similar hunt. I found a designer se on ebay for 3000, it came with 25 extra feet, extra hoops etc. I am thrilled with it. I checked out the topaz and while it is a newer machine, it is actually less of a machine than the se. I am thrilled with my viking. I had a babylock for a few years after owning a viking 1+ and I will never leave viking again.
I hated the babylock with a passion.
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Old 11-19-2009, 04:54 PM   #3
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I LOVE my Desisgner 1!!!! Its my first newer machine I love it!!! And it matches my serger and now I would love to find time to sew! I hope you get the one you love!
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You know, I just went through a similar hunt. I found a designer se on ebay for 3000, it came with 25 extra feet, extra hoops etc. I am thrilled with it. I checked out the topaz and while it is a newer machine, it is actually less of a machine than the se. I am thrilled with my viking. I had a babylock for a few years after owning a viking 1+ and I will never leave viking again.
I hated the babylock with a passion.
I'm scared of Ebay- have heard too many bad stories! Kijiji lets me buy in person. Wish I could get over my fear of ebay....
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I LOVE my Desisgner 1!!!! Its my first newer machine I love it!!! And it matches my serger and now I would love to find time to sew! I hope you get the one you love!
Do you have any idea of what a good price is for one now- is the $500 about right? Is it a problem that it still uses floppy disks? What sort of designs/fonts does it come preloaded with (these are all the things I can't seem to find online).
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Anyone else?
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Old 11-19-2009, 08:11 PM   #7
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OK the Designer 1 has been sold- sometimes I think I overthink these things!
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I would have said the Designer 1.
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havent' read the replies but I would go with the Viking.

I've sewn on many machines and my favourite is my Viking. I will NEVER buy a non viking machine again. EVER
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Just in case you find another, a floppy is no problem, as long as you can get floppies, and that you have a computer that will write to a floppy. You can also buy a stand along floppy drive that will plug into a USB port, so that is really no trouble.
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