So last night, as I’m finishing two commissioned pieces my sewing machine decides it doesn’t want to do buttonholes for me anymore. This is a problem since my dog ribbon quilts need 5 buttonholes each if I do them the usual way.
So I think I’m going to have to re-do the fabric I was using as the flaps for the buttonholes since the bias tape wasn’t feeding well through the machine to do a buttonhole. It was something new I was trying and it didn’t work. That’s ok – it just got me so frustrated with my sewing machine I wanted to toss it into the street.
So I’m doing more research into a new machine to purchase. Right now, I’m using a Janome 415 which is a really basic sewing machine. I do my quilting on a Singer 201-2 and most of my piecing on the Singer 201-2. The Janome is used whenever I need to do a zigzag stitch for appliqué or what have you since my Singer can’t do that.
I’ve decided that I just can’t afford a machine that does quilting and embroidery. Way out of my price range and to be honest with myself, I don’t think I’d use the embroidery as much as I’d have to to justify the purchase. What I really need is a good machine for quilting. Bernina makes a great little quilting machine called the Bernina Aurora 440 QE. You also have the option of purchasing an embroidery attachment separate if you decide you want to do embroidery. So that is probably my top option since you can expand on it. The problem is I just can’t afford it being that my local store sells it for $3200.
|Babylock Quest Plus|
More than likely I’m going to be stuck purchasing a Janome, Babylock or Viking machine as those offer more features in a price range I can afford.
Babylock Quest Plus – has lots of features on it. My local store has a price of $1500 on it but it is backordered until March. Not a big deal if it turns out to be the best option.
Janome Memory Craft 6600P – Decent features. Kind of meh about it. Called my local dealer and they said the price is $1699. She also mentioned their top of the line Janome Horizon which is $3000. That one is definitely OUT of my price range.
|Viking Sapphire 855|
Husq. Viking Sapphire 875 Quilting – Lots of useful features. MSRP is $1999 at my local store. You can get versions with less features at a cheaper price, the 835 version is $999 and the 855 version is $1299. I like the features offered in the 855 as well as the price so might go try that one out.
So right now the top contenders are the Sapphire 855 version and the Babylock Quest Plus. I’ll have to compare those two side by side and sew on them before really getting close to making a purchasing decision.
Wasn’t planning on doing a big purchase like this but it is becoming more and more necessary.