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#1 Neeps

Posted 31 July 2016 - 10:51 AM

I mainly quilt and sew clothes. I have no interest in embroidery and I have up to $1000 to spend on a new or quality used machine.

Which machine would you recommend?

I'm interested in the pfaff ambition 1.0.

I currently use an ancient pfaff that is on loan.


#2 orangutan

Posted 31 July 2016 - 08:29 PM

$1000 on a machine is very impressive!

I can't recommend a machine as such, but I have been a sewer for nearly 30 years now - my mother taught me when I was a child, and so I have the benefit of her and my experience. And one thing I have always stuck to is having a basic, mechanical machine that when it stuffs up (and they do constantly), you can open it up, stick a screwdriver or whatever in there, and fix it yourself.

Neither my mother or I have ever bought a computerised machine, and probably never will. I have a mid-range Janome, and while it doesn't do anything fancy, in all the years I have had it I have never had to take it to be repaired. I once looked into the time and cost of repairs, and no place in Sydney would guarantee to have the machine back to me in anything less than 2-3 weeks. Which is ridiculous. And the cost was also ridiculous!

So, not sure how much sewing experience you have, or your skill in trying to fix things, but my recommendation would be to choose a basic machine. They all do the same thing at the end of the day :)

#3 podg

Posted 31 July 2016 - 08:34 PM

I love my pfaff. The walking foot thing is fabulous. I had a basic heavy old Elna before, and I'm not a repair person and I had it back at the service shop a lot. Have you thought about keeping your borrowed machine and getting a babylock combo over locker/cover stitch? (I'm not sure if that's in the budget)

#4 Guest_canadianmum_*

Posted 31 July 2016 - 08:42 PM

I sew pretty much everything for my family, from jeans to ball gowns on my 42 year old Bernina.

I also have a older overlocker, brilliant, no computer and never break down and I flog them.
Allmake Sewing Machines in Adelaide have an excellent range of older machines.

#5 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 31 July 2016 - 10:10 PM

I am still using the Janome I got for my 21st birthday in 1981. I have had it serviced a couple of times over the last 20 years but we have a sewing machine mechanic three doors up the road so he gives me mates' rates and mates' waiting time.

#6 Neeps

Posted 01 August 2016 - 03:37 PM

In response to some of the questions/comments up thread. The machine I have is only on loan- it is an early 80s machine, works fine but it isn't mine to keep.

I guess I set the budget given that I will (hopefully) only spend once on a machine and I want something to last the rest of my life!  I'm totally happy to get a used machine, I just can't keep this machine.Obviously if I can spend less and get durability and function I will.

I have never used an overlocker in my life. I just don't think it's something I'm going to do now.

#7 Mary Whether

Posted 01 August 2016 - 04:26 PM

View PostNeeps, on 31 July 2016 - 10:51 AM, said:

I mainly quilt and sew clothes. I have no interest in embroidery and I have up to $1000 to spend on a new or quality used machine.

Which machine would you recommend?

I'm interested in the pfaff ambition 1.0.

I currently use an ancient pfaff that is on loan.

I "upgraded" from a '70s Bernina to the Ambition, and I really hate it.  I just find it a poor quality stitch - I always feel like things are going to fall apart (not a good way to feel about your clothes!!)  I had heard really good things about Pfaffs, so I was so disappointed!  My FIL actually paid for it, so I feel obliged to get my worth out of his money, but next time around I will be going second hand and sticking with the older Berninas.

I don't use an overlocker either - I sew mainly vintage fabrics and patterns, so it just seems wrong to use an overlocker.



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