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Hi people,
i’m a newbie to sewing so I will need all the suggestions I can get. Please feel free to suggest anything other than these two if you really stand by it. I’m looking to buy my first sewing machine, i’m a beginner, true. But I also want the machines that has a lot of function I can use in the future. You see I want to make the perfect stitches clothes and very neat work. I want to make couture pieces in the future (I realize its alot of hand sewn as well) and I want the machine that can do that for me in the future as well. But no computerized yet – over budget (though I really want one :()

The best choices that are available in my price range right now is Janome OMJ415 and Bernette 12(bernina)

Please kindly help suggest.

Thanks :)


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    Jan 16, 2013, 01.23 AMby katexxxxxx

    Personally I wouldn’t go for either. At the price they are, if that is your budget, I’d be looking for something pre-loved in an Elna or Toyota. Or an older pre-loved Bernina or Husqvarna, or Pfaff. You’ll get a lot more power and quality for your money that way. Not so many fancy stitches, but then most of those you’ll never use.

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      Jan 16, 2013, 06.21 AMby paremavv

      oh wow thank you for your advice! Ive been researching and reading my reviews.. i tend to see ppl saying elna die on them pretty early sometimes and for Toyota I dont think they have it in my country. But thanks for the suggestion i’ll take another look. :)

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    Jan 16, 2013, 08.55 AMby katexxxxxx

    The only problem I’ve had with an Elna is a blown capacitor on the electronic control board that my husband re-engineered: the machine is about 40 years old! The other two Elnas are still going strong, and they are slightly older.

    Toyota tend to make simpler but hard working machines. I’ve had two of their overlockers/sergers and was very pleased with both. I’ve also used some of their other machines, which seem like very good value for money.

    Where are you based? It might help- others chip in with suggestions for you if they are closer to you than me here in the UK.

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