I love my Bernina Virtuosa 150QE and now the motherboard went and they have to send the motherboard back to Switzerland to be repaired. I'm Julie and I love to quilt, craft, read, garden, hike and spend time with my family. So I’m still contemplating buying a higher priced quality domestic machine one of these days and am glad to get some great information to help me prepare. You are correct about the Bernina. A good mechanic improve it, adaptation a free motion foot for Pfaff, and unscrewing the dog feed part, I can quilt to this very robust and simple machine. Result – a modest collection of hand machines and treadles that I can maintain myself. I love my Bernina, it has spoiled me for any other sewing machine . I just bought a Pfaff Performance 5.0 since my other Pfaff has been such a good machine, I wanted another Pfaff. Having delt with many dealers and companies, my one thing is that if thea dealer I am buying from can’t teach me how to use the machine without costing me an additional fortune! but I stopped sewing for several years. I bought a Pfaff 2134 when I started quilting about 8 years ago and have been very happy with it. I really like the Janome too for quilting, but it’s a monster big machine. I have found that you absolutely MUST use high quality thread when using the Juki or it struggles with tension. As for me, I learned on my Nana’s treadle by New Home. pfaff vs janome or others. Unless you could recommend one. It sews beautifully, I never have any trouble with it, goes through lots of layers, jeans,etc and just as easily sews prom dress fabric. I also picked up a 2054 at a great price and it is perfect for machine binding, especially with the flange binding that I usually use, IDT and a stitch in the ditch foot! They like a drink of oil,sew absolutely any thread, have NO timing issues.I have several Janomes including a 6600 which has Accufeed, a built in walking foot. I like many of you have several machines . Enjoyed your info (thought the 730QE was for quilting and embroidery) and the comments were informative as well as nostalgic. I own a 440QE as well, and bought a Brother 1500 about 10 years ago…the machine is so much like the Juki straight stitcher they could be twins. As a quilt instructor and shop employee, I meet many people that are ready to purchase a new machine or upgrade their old one. I learned to sew on a treadle machine. So, really that’s only two machines that I use regularly. We used Mom’s old Singer sewing machine, back in the early 80s. It has a lot of extras such as an automatic needle threader, thread cutter, needle up/down button, and it comes with a nice extension table. I am lucky in that I haven’t had any issues with it. I love to piece and FMQ on the Bernina 801, I embroider on the Bernina 730 and do buttonholes on that too – occasionally FMQ, whereas the Husq/Viking Orchidea is the best ever for dressmaking (it will do nice buttonholes but the 730 has a wider stitch so is better for thicker fabrics). God Bless you man. However, there are a few improved models that I skipped. View all posts by Julie Cefalu, Having read this I thought it was extremely enlightening. My machine is a Viking Designer I. She’s a good machine except now that I’m quilting again I wish she had a much larger harp space. This Bernina is temperamental about thread, being level on the table, and needle sharpness. will fit. My research which has been extensive through reading on the Internet coincides with your opinion of the Juki, lots of quilty professionals who blog seem to have them (in their photos) then the Bernina but the price is so much higher than everything else. I too began on a treadle, but w/o thread or a needle was 7, goal was to keep wheel I one direction. Do I throw away the $100 to return the machine and spend even more $ for the bernina??? I have owned her for about 15 years. She most recently was using the Pfaff Smarter 260 C (computerized). My first machine bought in 1984 was the most Basic of the Swedish made Husquvarna.
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