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I am considering getting a new sewing machine. I only have 8....don't you think I need another? LOL. Anyway, I bought my Bernina on eBay, took it to the Bernina dealer and had it serviced. Also bought my Janome online, and it was new, so I didn't have to have it serviced right away. I sewed a LOT on it. Took it to the Bernina dealer, and had it serviced, (oiled, all that good stuff). I have my Janome serger, which I am not yet ready to part with it. I also have my Elna embroidery machine. I am still learning to use it. But, I use the Bernina and my Janome sewing machines all the time. I took my Toyota machine with us camping, and I loved having it there. But, I need to have it serviced. I just don't have the "oh I can't wait to sew" thing going on anymore when I think of my Bernina or Janome. They both do great. But, you know how it is???!!...just kinda start getting that old itch to buy a new one. I'm thinking about either trading in the Janome and Bernina, or outright selling them. I am also thinking I like the looks and attributes of the Janome Threadbanger....the one that's metal on the outside, and is mechanical, not computer operated. Even though I sew a LOT, I don't use all the decorative stitches and stuff. I might use the zig zag from time to time, but most of the time just serge instead of using the zit zag. So I don't need a bunch of extra stitches. Also, I do make a buttonhole sometimes, but not often. Anyway, if you have any comments or suggestions, let me know. I take all comments into consideration when buying, so anything you say is appreciated. Thanks and happy sewing!

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Comment by nellie diaz on July 13, 2010 at 6:45pm
well i guess this is catchy because i have the same thing sewing machine all over and don,t even start me on fabrics lol,funny you should ask, because i just started collecting little girl,s sewing machine to help my ill,nish some i getting out of controll lol, anyway i have a bernida 730e artista,elna,singer ,and i just brought a featherwight but that one is a secert ok,she hideing still but i peek in on her everyday till i tell my family, but i think there already know about my sickness,so i say to you go for it you only live once so make the best of it that,s my advice to you lol.if you ever find a cure let me know thanks
Comment by Brandy R. Samuels on July 8, 2010 at 11:59pm
I want to say I understand your illness. Although I only have two..........Bernina 160, and the Brother ult2003 (still haven't gotten around to using that thing all the way) been waiting to get the software. I decided that I am going to go Janome all the way. So my Horizon is just a few months away from being home. I've heard good things about the thread banger. I say: sell four of your babies to make room for the next four that you are going to get lol! What's a woman without her sewing machine?
Comment by Sherri on June 22, 2010 at 12:34pm
Thanks for the comments y'all. There's just something about that threadbanger that I really like. I don't even know what it is either! Maybe it's pretty? Maybe the price? (Remember I'm a tight wad)! I put my Bernina up yesterday and drug out the old Janome. I do tire of sewing with one after a while. I embroidered some on my Elna. Mostly doing my cousin's baby (hasn't been born yet) some bibs and burpies. I also made a hooded towel to give to her. We still use hooded towels on Noah. I'm going today to Hobby Lobby to get the stuff to make a diaper wreath for her hospital room door. I think she'll like it. I have made 2 that have hung in hospitals so far, and the moms loved them. Even had comments from hospital staff. Anyway, not sure yet if I will go with the Threadbanger, but it sure is looking good about now!
Comment by Sadie on June 22, 2010 at 5:21am
You seem to have done quite a bit of research if you're looking for the Janome Thread banger machine!

I read the review of a Janome ThreadBanger TB30 Sewing Machine And its features meet your requirements to a T!! The only con of the machine is that it doesn't have many decorative stitches (not as many as a Janome DC2010 which is priced the same but has 50 stitches)..... However since you're not really looking for any decorative stitches, it looks like the perfect match besides 30 decorative stitches cannot, anywhere in my dictionary, be called too few!!

So I'd say go for it girl.... And If you do get tired of it after a couple of years or so.. you can always do with it what you'll be doing to you Janome or Bernina right now ;)
Comment by Sadie on June 22, 2010 at 5:12am
just 8 sewing machines, Sherri??? oh you definitely need a new one! :p LMAO!!

I have no take whatsoever on all those sewing machines... they're filthy expensive to import in my country.... there are local dealers for Brother, bernina, Janome, Pfaff, and husqvarna too but they sell them at import rates... besides there aren't many good service centres here either...

Funny you mentioned that the decorative stitches aren't of much use to you.. I prefer a sewing machine with some of those really pretty stitches like the Egyptian border of tiny flowers or heirloom stitches or scallops... We don't have many pretty options for handles and stuff for bags and purses (like you already picked on) so I guess these decorative stitches could come handy...

The only thing I value more than decorative stitches is those variety of feet that the machines come in... for instance I could kill for those self pleating foot attachment or the sew-binding-as-you-go feet
My sewing machine is a local make and comes with very few of these options but was extremely cheap compared to all these sewing machines you mentioned... I had to follow-up with the dealer for over a year to get the darning foot which he had to import from somewhere! So you can imagine the rest

You may be wondering why I need all those feet when I rarely even use the ordinary straight stitch foot! well... a girl can dream, can't she! LOL
Comment by Sharon Pemberton on June 20, 2010 at 9:47pm
Take a look at the Bernina 1080 its a mechanical and a great machine too.

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