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  • New Sewing Machine, advice please??

    Hi everyone, I am going to upgrade (a bit) my sewing machine. I have had a couple of machines in the past that have sounded great on paper but have turned out to be a bit rubbish.
    I mainly make clothes, homefurnishings but also handbags so it would need to be pretty hard working!
    Just wondered if anyone has any suggestions in the £200-£300 price range?
    Thanks very much, in advance, Lisa
    *I Love Handmade*
    www.littlemillie.folksy.com
    www.urbancraftdesigners.etsy.com
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlemillie/

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    update

    I am quite liking the sound of the Janome 4623 (which is the newer model of the Decor Excell 5024)
    Does anyone have any comments??
    Thanks!
    *I Love Handmade*
    www.littlemillie.folksy.com
    www.urbancraftdesigners.etsy.com
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlemillie/

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    • #3
      I can't help cos my sewing machine experience is limited to an old treadle Singer which I used for donkeys years and the Brother which are very cheep. I tend to stick to this as it is very easy and simple to use plus I cant afford anything else but that doesn't help you. I really only replied to bring your post to the top again for you.
      Carol
      God helps them that help themselves.

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      • #4
        Thankyou!

        I only have a cheapish brother at the mo. Only getting a new one because it was damaged by a leak we had and was covered by the insurance!
        *I Love Handmade*
        www.littlemillie.folksy.com
        www.urbancraftdesigners.etsy.com
        http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlemillie/

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        • #5
          I replaced my solid old Jones machine with a cheapish Brother and it just couldn't cope (I make pretty much the same as you!). After a year I replaced it with a Janome - wonderful machine! I'm loving it! I got the more expensive MC4900QC, but only because I could then get it on 12 months interest free credit! Mine has a needle threader - not something I was particularly looking for, but I wouldn't be without it now!
          I keep plugging this site, but they really are good, speedy delivery, brilliant after sales service - extremely friendly and helpful:
          http://www.sewingmachines.co.uk/janome_sew.htm
          Have fun choosing
          Cathy xx
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          • #6
            i have a brother (which never left my mother's after i got married 17years 'ago) and at the mo i'm using a toyota which i wouldn't be without and i have just bought a singer overlocker managed to get it for £210 from £295, and the only reason i managed to buy it was that i have had such a good turn at the last 2 craftfairs all i have to do now is figure out how to thread it and there will be no stopping me
            while i knit i think

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            http://thecraftyfox.misi.me.uk

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            • #7
              Overlocker nightmare

              Originally posted by craftyfoxni View Post
              i have a brother (which never left my mother's after i got married 17years 'ago) and at the mo i'm using a toyota which i wouldn't be without and i have just bought a singer overlocker managed to get it for £210 from £295, and the only reason i managed to buy it was that i have had such a good turn at the last 2 craftfairs all i have to do now is figure out how to thread it and there will be no stopping me
              Hehe, I have an overlocker, it's a nightmare if the thread breaks! I even bought a little threading set from Hobbycraft, but it's about as much help as 2 teaspoons!!
              *I Love Handmade*
              www.littlemillie.folksy.com
              www.urbancraftdesigners.etsy.com
              http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlemillie/

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              • #8
                Hi There,

                I don't know the specific machine that you are referring to, but my experience of Janome has always been good.

                I have had mine (MC9500) now for 5 years and have had no real problems with it at all. My mum also has 2 Janome machines and she swears by them too.

                Good Luck with it.

                Happy Sewing!

                Alison
                http://www.pollyanna-patchwork.co.uk

                12 High Street, Eccleshall, STAFFS, ST21 6BZ Tel: 01785 859360

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