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Like and love my machines
- I had a Bernina 930 and after 30 years a part broke and it cannot be fixed. I asked for a comparable machine and ended up with a $5,000 Bernina 1640 which is overpriced. I bought a Brother embroidery machine online and I like it very much, also a Brother serger (had a Benette which I gave away). I then bought a Brother from a man at the nursing home for $50. I love it. I like the ease of use of the Brothers.
- —Guest Carolyn Frahm
Necchi Sewing machine
- I purchased my Necchi 10-11-57. Serial # M51801> works very well. I have all the attachments too. Best purchase I ever made!
- —Guest Theresa Mahaffey
- I've had this machine for 37 years. It has been moved all over the world and even used in a salt-water environment and has sewn everything. I do not believe a finer machine has ever been made.
- —Guest Sharon
1956 Singer 301
- What a workhorse this machine is. Big sister to the much loved Singer 221 Featherweight. I love the 301'a all metal gears (no belt), slant needle, straight stitch, feed dogs that drop and fast speed. It is the only machine I use for piecing and putting on binding for myself and customers. The other vintage machines are on display -- all 75 of them!! Main business for 16 years is quilting for others on my longarm. I love my job and hobby!! Keep Calm and Sew On!! Allison
- —Guest Allison B. in North Texas
- I love my Janome 8077. It has a nice big throat and does everything I want it to do. My oldest sewing machine is an older Royal and also has the big throat that you need for quilting.
- —Guest Rose Mary
1957 Singer 301
- I am sewing on a 1957 Singer model 301 I bought new. I have other machines...30 or so, but this is my favorite. Most all my sewing is just straight stitches. and the machine is a real work horse. It will walk over seams with out missing a beat, and I can easily take it apart to clean it.
- Many years ago I had a Bernina 830 which I passed on to my daughter. It still sews like a dream. I now use a Janome Memory Craft 6500 which I absolutely love. I also have a Janome Jem Gold - very inexpensive and will sew through anything. I use it for jeans and it is so portable I take it camping and to classes. My embroidery machine is also a Janome as is my cover stich machine. I love them both. My serger is a Bernina. My first serger was a Bernina as well and my other daughter has it. I bought a White serger and it was a weakling which I sold. I've sewn just about anything you can imagine over the years and just started quilting a couple of years ago - a new addiction with a whole new 'stash'!
- —Guest dewsew
- My Husqvarna Viking Designer I sews everything like a dream. 900 hours, it tells me I've spent with it. I told my husband to bury me with it!
- —Guest Eveline
- I really love my Brother HE240, but just bought a singer curvy 8770, and am really liking it. Bought the singer for quilting. I also have the Brother pr1000 embroidery machine, and for embroidery, it is the best I have had. I have owned two others in the past.
- —Guest Cindy
Several Favorite Sewing Machines
- I have a Husquavarna Daisy, White Quilt and Go, and a Brother 9050. All work well.
- —Guest Guest Laurel
Best Feature: Husqvarna and Babylock
- The automatic pressure foot lift (HQ) or the advanced pivot feature by Babylock. The free hand knee lift is not for me.
- —Guest Jessie
The machine makes the DIFFERENCE
- I own a Brother Quattro, a Viking Sapphire, a Singer 500 Series commercial machine as well as an Elna 745 serger and I love them all. Each is used depending on project and size. Most of my clothing and home dec consturction is done on the serger. Quilt piecing, zippers and hems are done on the Sapphire or Quattro. The Quattro has proven to be best embroidery machine that I have owned (it's my third). It has handled any design that I've thrown at it regardless of density. Anything really heavy is done on the Singer which does sew very well over thick seams (that thing would sew a cow to a wooden post if you could figure out a way to get them under the pressure foot). On that note I would like to say that when you buy a machine be sure that you're going to have the support required to not only service it correctly but also offers FREE insturctions on how to use it. Having once had a dealer that was less than helpful I am very particular about where I spend my money.
Bernina Machine family
- my first Bernina was in 1974; made my clothes and that of my 3 girls and even some for my husband. I also made many proms dresses and costumes, draperies... it was a workhorse. In 1997, I bought the bBernina 1630, which made wedding dresses, bridesmaids, etc., and also started my newest love at the time, quilting. About 4 years ago, my husband purchased the 440 QE, for my birthday... the stitch regulator, and embroidery features are wonderful... as are the other features of the Bernina. I gave my first machine to one daughter before she has her first Bernina and she passed it on to the second daughter, who now has a Bernina Artista. My third daughter bought her own starter machine which sews beautifully. I would say we are a Bernina family, never having any problems with all those different models.
- —Guest Nancy
Love My Janome
- I love my Janome Memory Craft 6600 and it is my best. I am piecing and quilting all the time Don't know what I would do without it. I also have a Viking Freesia and also a Singer Featherweight. I don't use my Viking very much and think I will soon sell it as I would like to buy another lightweight Janome such as gem .
- —Guest Eileen Menke
- I love my Bernina Sewing machine. A must have is the needle threader. Bernina is wonderful.
- —Guest GKaha