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March 09, 2011


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Oh no Clare! Hmm sewing machine shopping is hard, I have a Bernina Activa 230 PE which I think is now superseded. I love it though next time I will be buying a bigger machine, such as an Bernina Aurora. I chose Bernina because thats what my mum always has, because its a reputable brand, and has 10 year warranty. But I know lots of people love Pfaff and Elna. Do let us know which one you pick!


I bought a Janome 1600P about 2 years ago and i love it. My sister bought the exact same machine just this christmas passed. She also loves hers. She has every machine under the sun and loves this one above all else. They are a semi pro machine and can sew through just about anything. I do a bit of quilting but mostly make clothing with it. These machines are a straight stitch. Good luck.



I have an old Bernina, which I bought second hand. It's the minimatic 807 - it's solid (cast iron) and very reliable. It's doesn't do 100's of fancy stitches - it's over 50 years old now but it does everything I want it to do - especially freehand machine embroidery because it's very easy to lower the feed dogs.
If I was to buy a new machine, I'd go for another Bernina. I have used other machines and in fact have an almost new, barely used brother machine as my back up machine, but it just doesn't handle as well as my trusty old Bernina.
Good sewing machine shops will let you try machines out. Perhaps this is the best way to go?

Jessica C

I have a janome and love it. Great product if you don't have loads of money. I've recommended it to several others who've bought them and I've yet to hear any complaints

Isabella Golightly

I have a Bernette, which is the budget model Bernina in the attic, if you need to borrow one in the interim. I have a Singer now, which I really like, but if I had unlimited funds (which I know you don't have either!) I'd get a Brother QC1000, because they are incredibly clever... or a second-hand Bernina but they are like Hen's Teeth.


I know this is late but I have read wonders about Janome.I was told by a Janome retailer that this company makes other machines for some well known names.
If you look on overstock.com they have had sewing machines for great prices.
My mother & I had Kenmores for years.I bought a Singer in the 90's,no problems with that either. I would buy a Janome next time.


Just buy a new Bernina. LOVELY.

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I have an old and antique sewing machine left from my grandmother but is so old that I can't use it, I keep it as a souvenir. Now I want to buy a new one and I don't know what to choose, I wonder if anyone of you can help with an advice. Thanks!


I love my Elna and I really haven't been good or kind to it. It keeps taking the abuse.

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