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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Can any one elaborate on the differences in the Juki DDL 8300, 8700 and 5550N on: October 08, 2012 09:51:53 PM
I have been looking around at industrial machines for a little while now and the Jukie DDL 8300, 8700, and 5550N all seem like they would fit my needs.  The specs on these machines are very similar but they are priced about $100 apart.  As the price goes up it seems like you get newer designs but are differences substantial?  Can any one elaborate on how these machines differ and if their differences translate to actual improved sewing performance?

I am willing to spend up < $900 on a machine but I don't want to spend extra money for a machine that doesn't actually sew better than a less expensive machine.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Industrial sewing machine suggestions for outerwear. on: October 05, 2012 06:53:03 AM
I've been looking around a lot latley and I really want to get an industrial straight stitch machine.  I design mostly outerwear and really what I need is a machine that will sew medium weight wool and 3L hard shell (goretex).  I do also use silk in some of my designs so I don't need a super beast.  I'm just kind of lost as to what is good for me.  I've done a lot of research (and this site has been helpfull), but I need your help.

I understand that older machines (if they are maintained) are very good; however, I have found a lot of newer machines in my price range (< $700).  I really just need the simplest of machines, allthought a machine with a servo is desired.  Are there any specific models that you guys might suggest (or that I should avoid), or brands from a certain era?

Thanks!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Juki DLN-415-2 Industrial Machine, should I buy? on: October 03, 2012 07:41:48 PM
Hey everyone,

I have been looking for an industrial straight stitch machine.  I have been using my home machine (and an overlock machine) for some time to make mostly outerwear (jackets and sweaters made from 3L hard shell fabric and medium weight wool or wool blends).  I am really tired of trying to sew in pocket zippers with my improvised 1/8" compensating foot.  I've used some industrial machines and they are infinitely easier to use, not to mention the stitch quality is more consistent.

I have been looking around and I found a juki DLN-415-2 in good condition close to me for $500.  My problem is that I can't seem to find much information on this machine.  I understand that it is a needle fed machine (which I like).  

Has any one had any experience with this machine?  Is this a good machine for sewing mediumweight materials or is there a machine that is sub ~600 that will work well for me?

Thanks for your help!
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