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Looking for a new all-purpose sewing machine! Advice?

I was thinking of Pfaff Creative Sensation or Creative Performance - then heard about Brother Dreamweaver.  With my office machines (printers etc) brother has been awesome about help.  I have not been able to find many reviews, yet the machine seems to be state of the art.  Let me know your favorites - thanks!

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Comment by Karen on May 6, 2014 at 10:12am

Hi Judy

I may be a bit late in offering this, but Chris Welsh (a member of SWN) has been running a series of Sewing Machine Reviews on her blog site ChrisW Designs by people using them.  You might like to read them, today's is on the Singer Stylist 7258.


Comment by judy hessellund on April 4, 2014 at 8:30pm

no problema mi espanol es muy malo - some sewing machines are more intuitive then others I am finding these new computerized ones do everything

Comment by Sally-Ann Flak on April 4, 2014 at 8:16pm
Hi Claudia, I'm sure the Bernina will work wonderfully for you and you will learn a lot perfecting all of the techniques it is capable of doing. There is so much information out there on the internet, Youtube and don't forget books and hopefully instruction or a mentor. Keep practicing and happy sewing on your new machine! You English is great by the way!
Comment by Claudia Garcia on April 4, 2014 at 2:36pm

When buying Bernina seeking excellence. I hope to be lucky and not have technical problems, it is a risk I ran because my only dealer is far and no Bernina clubs to learn more, I do everything alone and practicing a lot. This blog help me a lot and others, including the Bernina blog is very complete. Thanks for the replies. Kisses from Argentina. (sorry for my bad English)

Comment by Sally-Ann Flak on April 4, 2014 at 12:39pm
Oh and aren't we all a tad "fluffier" now?! God knows I am, ha! I thought you and everyone in your group looked great! Power on ladies!
Comment by Sally-Ann Flak on April 4, 2014 at 12:36pm
Bryden, I watched your video, thank you so much for including the link so I could witness your charity group in action. A truly moving and wonderful effort for families when they need that special caring touch. The little gowns and teddies and all of the accessories were beautiful. I am blessed with two daughters and when my first was born I was given a hand knitted cap for her to wear from an anonymous lady. Erika wore this cap home from hospital and so did my second daughter Sydney, I have never forgotten that special gift I received and the cap awaits my first grand-baby, which with the way thing are going is still may years away. Oh well. Thank you again for sharing the story of Precious Babies, truly a wonderful group of women.
Comment by Sally-Ann Flak on April 4, 2014 at 12:09pm
I also have a Pfaff 1475, its about as old as my 7550 but it runs great and never misses a stitch. I bought mine used about 15 years ago and have used it for everything from production sewing, quilting, and student projects. Your right it will sew through just about anything, although I will confess when I'm stitching through jean crouches I usually use a "hump jumper". I love saying "hump jumper"! My local Quilt shop sells the Elna embroidery machines and I can't believe the price they go for. I guess I'm just not that interested in embroidery to make that kind of investment worth it. Good luck and happy sewing.
Comment by judy hessellund on April 4, 2014 at 8:40am

I have an old Singer G431 - that I made toys, quilts, clothing on for years.  Loved it as it is all metal in fact still have it.  Bought a pfaff creative 1475 - that machine could sew through jean crouch.  In all the years I have owned it, there was only one repair and that was a complete cleaning.  What I truly loved was the IDT, it was so easy to match plaids.  Thus I have been looking into the embroidery/quilting machine.  Personally, I do not care for the Bernina.  But the Pfaff, Viking, Elna have all been bought out and become very high priced.

Comment by Bryden Shiells on April 4, 2014 at 12:53am

Most of my sewing these days is for my charity group -   This is a short video on what we do....   the film was made in 2008, so a few years have passed....   however, we are still doing the same sort of things and making items for hospitals around the country.   I am the last to speak - I am a tad fluffier now! grin...  it was filmed at my previous home.

Comment by Bryden Shiells on April 4, 2014 at 12:51am

Me too.....

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