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« Reply #100 on: November 24, 2016 12:35:35 PM »

Need advice on sewing machine for wife. She is looking for one with a wider harp but she is not a quilter. I have run across 2 so far that seem like a good fit but not a sewing machine expert. One is the Janome Memory Craft 6500P (link) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008Z5NTQY/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1GBQGM0X8N8UH&coliid=I1937P3NQ65Z1L

and the other is the Brother PQ1500SL (link) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0149GG9V4/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1GBQGM0X8N8UH&coliid=IVSJDZECLFP1&psc=1

I know there is a big price gap and the more expensive one I found recently and the Brother one has been sitting in my list. I like the bigger table on the Brother but the Janome seems like it just has more features. My wife currently has a Brother Innovis which she has had for about 8 years so figure it is time to upgrade to something better.
« Reply #101 on: July 21, 2018 03:32:49 PM »

In 2016, I asked for a fancy sewing machine for a holiday and my husband took me shopping (awww, isnt he sweet?). I figured that because I used my sewing machine so much, I should invest in an expensive machine. I purchased a fancy Husqvarna Opal 690Q. I took the classes that came with it. It had lots of fancy stitches and all the bells and whistles.

I hated it.

If only someone had explained to me how to choose a sewing machine that met my needs not theirs.
Buying the most expensive sewing machine with new-fangled features is not necessarily the best move you can make. Before buying a machine, always ask yourself what youre going to use it for, whether or not you need all the extra features or if they are something you can live without, given the kind of tasks you intend to do with your machine. Also consider what future use you may have for the sewing machine. For instance, if you arent doing embroidery stitches now but you are planning to do so in the near future, then getting in a machine that can handle embroidery might be a good idea.
The best advice I can give is to look on Amazon (I know I know...local dealers are great too but the choice between machines is not the same). On Amazon you can kind read the reviews, and even test the achine during an entire month. Look at the ones I've selected for you on Amazon: https://goo.gl/rTs7j2

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