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Has anyone else been hit with this strange affliction? It hit me suddenly or maybe not so sudden. Perhaps it has been a thought in the back of my brain for awhile, growing. It would whisper in my ear occasionally when I was looking at a project and knew that it would be a joy with a beautiful new machine. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? My dream machine would do everything. Quilting, embroidery, regular sewing and have every fancy stitch known to womankind. Of course it would have to have a long arm. Please give me your thoughts. What do you like about your machine and what don't you like. Pros and cons are important. Who knows? Maybe that money tree I planted will bloom this year!

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Comment by cinderella pisani on June 23, 2014 at 9:33am

Well, the bell has tolled on my Singer. I started to use it yesterday and all my specialty stitches are gone! Needle position is now on the far right side not in the middle like it should be. Zigzag stitch is gone, too. Now, that is just wrong! It will straight stitch. Have not tried embroidery mode, I don't want to cry. I think the computer memory is gone. Drat, drat and double drat! I have 2 receiving blankets, a ruffled purse and 2 quilts waiting for me to begin. I guess I can still do the receiving blankets but I did so want to put some pretty stitching around the edges. I guess I better start seriously start looking. Hmmmmm...... Is that the odor of a brand new sewing machine I detect?

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 22, 2014 at 8:32pm

Machine itches come and go.  I own a Bernina 1260 which is my solid dependable machine, my true love, the one I would save from a fire; a Janome Gem Platinum that is my 11 pound traveling wonder; and a Singer Featherweight, which is my sentimental machine; it reminds me of my mother.  I don't think I need another, but every once in awhile, I'm tempted.  Wait awhile; it will pass.

Comment by Roxann on June 22, 2014 at 5:58pm

You only live once, or YOLO as the kids say. I am currently struggling with the itch as well. I would love to have a baby lock or a brother as I'm a big machine appliquer and I love the automatic foot lift when you let off the peddle. I had a Viking that did that and I didn't realize how much I would miss it when I got my Janome. My janome is a work horse for sure. A nice solid machine but I wish I would have waited and got what I really wanted instead of looking for a good deal. Saving my pennies for a new machine!

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 22, 2014 at 3:10pm

I get the itch now and then, too.  Mostly I just procrastinate until it passes.  ;)  

Comment by Pam/NY on June 22, 2014 at 2:51pm

Terry's house is a quilter's dream!!!!

Comment by Terry F on June 22, 2014 at 2:44pm

Forgot to say yes, obviously I have suffered from "the itch", but am in a 12 step program now and will never buy another machine!  LOL

Comment by Terry F on June 22, 2014 at 2:41pm

If you're going to do it get a machine that you will be happy with.  Make a list of what you want to use it for (or really will).  And I agree with Pam, a supportive dealer nearby is important.  I am a sucker for "orphaned" machines and have a few too many right now! I have four Viking machines (orphans, remember?), a Diamond Deluxe, a Sapphire 850, an Emerald (work horse mechanical) 118, and a "Computer 500" (older but still works great).  Also two Berninas, a Deco Embroidery machine - love it! - and an older (orphaned) 1630 that I've barely used.  Two Featherweights that I am trying to sell now, and a Homemaker (1951) working (orphaned) machine, looking to be rehomed!  A friend "borrowed" an older (orphaned) Kenmore that never let me down.  A basic Singer serger that I don't use (!) and my first computerized machine, a Singer Athena that still works, although it has a quirk or two.  I use my Berninas and Vikings the most; both dealers are nearby.

Comment by Pam/NY on June 21, 2014 at 2:00pm

I have the Husqvarna/Viking Sapphire 875...love everything about it. The JoAnn Fabric has a Viking center, so any parts, lessons, or repairs are easily handled. There are a lot of great machines that do basically the same thing...be sure you have someone in your area that services the brand before buying. It will eliminate a lot of problems.

Comment by Irene Gallway on June 21, 2014 at 1:43pm

I'm a "machineaholic". I have a little 12 lb Janome quilter, I take to classes, a Husqvarna/Viking embroidery machine that does everything but clean the house, a Husqvarna/Viking serger and a 37 year old Kenmore that is my "work horse".  If I had the money and space I would probably try out a few of the other brands but am very happy with all my machines.

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