Monday, 3 December 2012

Christmas give away

Hellooooo - over here for the sew mama sew give away.

 
 
welcome to my little blog..... I'm glad you popped in.
 
 
Over the last few months I have been going pouch crazy, and so simply had to include one of my wide mouthed pouches for you to win.  And I know that people like to win fabric that they can use to make things themselves, so there are also four fat quarters of fabric..... and some zips - so you are kind of winning your own make a zippy pouch kit!  For good tutorials for pouches try this link.
 
 


So what do you need to do to enter?

Please leave me a comment telling me what make and model of sewing machine you have, and what you love about it. 

I am starting my research to buy a new sewing machine next year and would love to hear your recommendations (or models to avoid).

I will post internationally so the give away is open to everyone. 

I will pick a random number on Friday 7th December to choose a winner.

Nice seeing you here!

Tanya x




193 comments:

  1. I have a Pfaff Quilt Expression 4.0. It's just ok, I wouldn't purchase it if I had to do it all over again.

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  2. Love your pouch! I just bought a Janome 6600, got a good price since it was used. It got good reviews, and is great for quilting, not like my very old Huskvarna (that is great for piecing though)! Good luck with your shopping!!!

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  3. What a fun giveaway! I do all my sewing on a 1951 Singer Sewing machine and love it!

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  4. I love your pouch! I'm planning on making a couple for Christmas. I still have time, right? hehe. Thanks for the link as well. I have a Viking, a Lily. I love my little machine. There are some fancy stitches that I have not even used yet.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I have a Bernina, an 820 and I luv it because the dealer supports me wonderfully. A good dealer is better than and good deal!

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  6. I have a Janome Memory Craft 6600. I love the fabric cut feature, the bobbin winding feature, all the decorative stitches, and the needle down button. The only thing I do not like is its weight. Very heavy, not fun to lug to classes. My MIL just got a Brother at a great price. Originally $450 for just $150. It has a start/stop button, envious of that.

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  7. I do all of my sewing on a 1953 Singer named Agatha, and I love it!

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  8. Hi Tanya. I think that your pouches are fab. I sew on a Brother SE350 and it is a real workhorse. I don't regret buying this make and model at all. Good luck with your research. Di x

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  9. I have a completely boring and normal sewing machine, it's not even a proper brand, and it's 10+ years old. I don't think I actually love anything about it, but it fits its purpose and my mum has kind of ignored the fact that I kinda pinched it from her, because it's actually my mum's sewing machine.

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  10. I use the basic Janome 2212. I've just been sewing for a year so I'm a newbie. I love my machine but I might be ready for an upgrade.

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  11. I have two - a Husqvarna Angelica (I've had it for over 10 years). It's good for sewing clothes, etc. But I had to upgrade to a monster so I could quilt. I've got a Juki TL2000qi (or something like that). I heart my Juki. Only does a straight stitch, but she is a workhorse. Nothing plasticky about this machine.

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  12. I have a Singer, but I'm not sure what model. I love the ease of switching between stitches.

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  13. I have a Bernina 440 and there is nothing about it that I don't just LOVE! She is perfect! I highly recommend them. Oh, and what I wouldn't do to get my hands on some of that sewing tape fabric - lovely giveaway!

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  14. Great prize - love the pouch! I have a Bernina 153, which is about 10 years old. I has had a LOT of use and sews like a dream. I don't know that I would buy one of those huge Berninas (how would you take it to a class?), but I would definitely recommend the brand.

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  15. I have a pfaff 130 and I love it! But good luck finding one - my grwat-grandma bought it in 1953!! :) steeplechaser29 at yahoo

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  16. I have a Kenmore, it is very basic but I love it. Not sure it is still made though.

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  17. I have a Brother embroidery machine and the girls have a smaller Brother. Not sure of model numbers.

    Thanks for a fun giveaway!
    Julie

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  18. I have a Kenmore - not sure of the model. It's fine for me right now!

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  19. Thanks for the fun giveaway! My current machine is an inexpensive Brother, a CS6000i. It's adequate for me and had good reviews on Amazon, but it isn't at all jazzy.

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  20. Lovely giveaway! I have a Singer from 1890. ;) Lots of upkeep and mechanical care-taking and repair, I don't recommend it! LOL But I do love using this historical machine.

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  21. I have a vintage Singer 15-91 from 1951 and I love it. It was in pristine shape (truly off the showroom floor perfect) and I only paid $50 for it with the cabinet! It purrs like a dream. I have to play around to get the tension right, but I am learning more about it every day. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  22. I have a 9 year old, fairly basic Kenmore. I really love it actually. There isn't much that I wish it did, that it isn't capable of doing.

    limor477 at aol dot com

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  23. I have a Bernina handed down from my grandmother.

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  24. a brother cs6000 I just got it and I love that it has the extended table for quilting the different stitches for me to choose from and most of all..I haven't had any tension problems with it.. last two machines drove me bonkers with tension issues.

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  25. I use a Toyota quiltmaster, it is a good little machine, but I would love a Juki.

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  26. Love the pouch. I have a pfaff quilt expression 4, and I wouldn't necessarily buy it again either. It's great for piecing but I hate to FMQ on it - which was what I bought it for! I resort to an old bernina to quilt anything. I keep debating if I should sell it or not. I think I'd then get a Juki or Janome 1600.

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  27. Cute pouch, who doesn't love a giveaway??!! I have a Pfaff, and they're good machines, but I think the throat space would be one of my big focuses if i bought a new machine, it would make it so much easier to do "big" quilts! : )

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  28. I have a Brother Innovis 400N. I love the quilting table and the knee lever, it makes quilting so much easier. Thanks!

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  29. Lovely giveaway - I must try that wide mouth pouch tutorial. OK I have a 99k Singer, hand powered and gorgeous, great for the children to have a go on and nice to free motion applique on. I have a Janome 110 which I've had for 17 yrs! It is outstanding, been serviced twice and works like a dream. However I have a new machine...a Janome Horizon, it arrived in October as a business investment, treat to myself (I never treat myself), expensive but I got a great deal on it. I love it, it has a much wider throat space than my little Janome so is great to quilt with. The plan is it will last me forever so that's how I justified the expense and I don't regret it! There are some good reviews online too which helped my decision!

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  30. I was lucky enough to get my mum's Husqvarna Viking, it's over 30 years old and still going strong! A lovely machine that does all that I ask of it. :)

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  31. I have a low model Bernina (i think 230?). It's been kind of a lemon, most people love their Berinina's, mine is a bit temperamental. If I could do it again, I would get a higher model. Wish I had the presser bar for lifting the foot with my knee and the better lighting that comes with the higher model.

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  32. Lovely giveaway, I have a singer 8280 and enjoy working on it :)

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  33. I have a Bernette E61. I just love it because it's the first machine i own, the only one i've used and where i am learning!

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  34. I have a Kenmore that is over 10 years old. I do not even know what model.

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  35. I have a Pfaff 7570 that I got from my grandma. I love it!

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  36. I have 3 sewing machines in total. My 20 year old Janome that I'd out grown and was starting to play up - although it had never been serviced so might have been fine with a service, a Brother that I was given by a friend who didn't take to sewing which I love for FMQ work but not for regular sewing. It has a really slow to start jerky movement about it that seems to help me when FMQ but not regular sewing. Then I treated myself to a Janome 5900QC which is aimed at quilters. There are lots of great features with it like a stop/start button and needle up needle down button which basic machines don't tend to have. I really like the Janome brand so didn't look at any other machines.

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  37. I have a Singer 5160 (I think that's the number). My favorite thing? It was on clearance at Target for about $100. That's why I bought it initially (I didn't have a machine and wanted one). But it's really nice. Lots of stitch patterns, easy to use, does a good job, easy to move around (not too heavy), and it came with a bunch of accessories (different feet, spare needles).

    It's a great first/starter/beginner machine that's growing with me as I get more advanced (I'm going to try out that zipper foot in the next few days!).

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  38. I have a Janome HT2008LE. I love her dearly. Her name is Red.

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  39. I have an older Janome. I love it! I am a beginning quilter and this machine was recommended to me. I think I got the last one of this model, but I'd do a Janome again in a minute.

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  40. Several, but my favorite is the 1936 singer featherweight

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  41. I have the Janome 10001 and love everyhting about it - including the embroidery.

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  42. I have a Janome 6600 and 11000 - they are the best. I bought my daughter a 6500 and she loves it.

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  43. I get by on my little Brother cs6000i, it sews beautifully, but I do long for more quilting room, and am saving my pennies for something larger. ;-)

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  44. Last Christmas my husband surprized me with a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 870 Quilt sewing machine. It has a lot of good features, lots of decorating stitches - I just need to purchase the floating free motion foot (hint hint Santa!). Thanks for the fun give away!

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  45. I have a Janome...something. I can't check right now, but I really love it!

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  46. I just bought a Brother cs-6000i, but I haven't had a chance to use it yet!!!

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  47. I have a Janome Harmony, a Sears special model, more of a general/intro machine. I want to upgrade next year, though.

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  48. I have a Janome Magnolia and I love the heck out of it. I need to explore more of its capabilities!

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  49. I have a Brother cs-6000i and it works for what I'm doing now, but I would love to upgrade as it's hard to quilt on!

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  50. I have a Viking 6570 (bought when I graduated from college in 1980) works fabulous and I would never replace her! thank you!

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  51. I have a Bernina 350PE. I like that it's working so far. =) My brother gave me grief.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

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  52. I have a Bernina Activa 220 and I love it! Avoid anything by Toyota...

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  53. i just got myself a janome horizon this summer, and i adore it. i love that it has a start/stop button (don't need to use a foot pedal!), the wide space between the needle and the arm, and the gazillion of stitch options!

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  54. I have a Brother SE350 and like that it embroiders - a feature I need to use more!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  55. I have a Singer Simple and I love that it only cost me $70 and hasn't died after three years. I don't love anything else about it, lol. (I've almost saved enough for a new machine, but I'm not sure what I'm getting yet...) xo

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  56. jaonme 6600. Love the machine, does great FMQ

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  57. I have a Brother CS6000i and it gets the job done well. The stitches are great and I have had no problems from it at all. It's pretty cheap, too-- around $200

    Desi
    weeshareblog@gmail.com

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  58. I have an old machine from PRIVILEG, its about 30 years old and hmm.. i love that it has no computer in it and i can open it and clean it without worrying ;)

    Have a nice time !

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  59. I have a Bernina 440QE (they no longer make this model). Things I love about it: I can move the needle over in tiny increments - helps with getting a scant 1/4" seam; the Stitch Regulator helps me with my quilting; the needle down feature is something I use all the time; a powerful motor; the knee lift is convenient too. Berninas are expensive but they have special financing which is how I purchased mine. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  60. I have a Janome that my mum gave me - it's basic but still does the job well!

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  61. I have a Husqvarna Lily!
    Great apart from the walking foot which is so fiddly to fit!

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  62. I've got an old Singer from 1927, it's really really lovely sewing with it. It doesn't make anything special but it can sew everything and the stitch is really nice.
    I don't know anything about mother sewing machines.
    I've also got an overlock: Brother 1034D

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  63. I have a basic kenmore, I love it because it is a workhorse...just keeps going and going.

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  64. I have a Bernina 330, it's got great tension, sews anything, never skips stitches, I really like it.

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  65. I have a Pfaff Smart 200c and there isn't much I love about it. It's a nice machine, I do like it, but I quilt and this guy is tiny for quilting. Plus it is a weird size model, so I have to be very careful when I buy parts for it. I'd love a Janome Horizon 7700 if I won the lottery. :)

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  66. Great giveaway! I love all zip pouches, and the fat quarters are so cute! I have a Janome-the discontinued Marie Osmond one (not sure of the model) I love it! So easy to use, and lots of great features. Good Luck in your search.

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  67. I have a Viking something or another. It is probably 6 or 8 years old but I still love it. So much so that my friend just bought a new one with a large throat area. She loves hers too. Thanks for participating in the giveaway day.

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  68. HI! SWEET GIVEAWAY!
    MY MACHINE IS A BERNINA 210($500)+I LOVE IT! CAN'T THINK OF ANY FEATURE I DISLIKE!

    msstitcher1948@yahoo.com

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  69. Thanks for the giveaway. I am using Brother GS2700

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  70. My machine is a Janome 9000. Sadly they don't make them anymore, but if you found a used one in good condition I'd snatch it up! I love everything about it, but especially the knee lift, the wide range of stitches, and the fact that it never gives me any trouble. This machine was a hand-me-down from my MIL and I have used it probably 10 years after she gave it to me. Best hand-me-down ever!

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  71. Love your zip pouch! I have a Viking Lilly sewing machine. I love it especially for home machine quilting. It is now 10 years old and still running great!

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  72. I have a Bernina from about 1988 - fully mechanical, but still sews great. My mum gave it to me when she got her fancy machine (Bernina Aurora 440QE) and it has had a lot of use over the years, including by some not very skilled operators (i.e., me, aged 8 or 9). If(when) I buy a new machine, I will very likely go Bernina, because I think they are really good quality. I would also really recommend one of the older bernina models as a starting out machine - I think they are great value for money and much better than a little cheapy model which will inevitably be problematic.

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  73. I have a Brother NX-450Q and love it.

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  74. I have a Brother, but I have no clue what model. Numbers just don't stick in my head. The other day I told someone the wrong birthdate for my son!! Lol.
    Anyway, it's a really basic model and was my Christmas present last year and I LOVE it, but I am a new sewer so I'm pretty much just thrilled to have a functional sewing machine-it's my first new sewing machine and such an improvement over the barely-functional-hand-me-down I had before!

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  75. singer curvy- i love its simplicity!

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  76. I have a Janome HD1000. I love the straight lines I can sew and the fact that it doesn't wobble if you go fast.

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  77. Viking Designer 1 and I love everything about it.

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  78. I have an Elna 2130 (I think that is the right order for the numbers) and it is a good mid range machine.

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  79. It's a Bernina Activa 220....I've loved everything about it...it's a mid-range machine...not the highest computer model they have.

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  80. I have a Bernina 1630 that my Mother in Law gave to me. I love that it was so easy to learn to sew on and is a great quality machine.
    Thanks for such a great giveaway.
    Erin
    emstone28@gmail.com

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  81. I have a Janome MC6600P. I love that the needle can be moved, the needle up/down feature, the top loading bobbin with clear cover and the roomy (compared to my old machine) throat size for machine quilting. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

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  82. I have an old kenmore, and I love that since it is a hand-me-down from my mother it was free :)

    starsandsunshineblog at gmail dot com

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  83. I don't know what model my sewing machine is, but it's a pretty low-line Kenmore from about 10 years ago. I think it was the second least expensive one they sold, and what I like about it is that it just keeps on trucking, regardless of the fact that I've never had it serviced and I'm too lazy even to clean lint from it very often. (I do it, just... not regularly.)

    (clumsy.chord(at)gmail.com)

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  84. I have a Janome DC5100. It is a wonderful little machine. The price was right and it's digital. I love the extra feet I've bought for it. I haven't found anything it can't do and I've had it for about 18 months or so. My only regret is that I bought before I learned to quilt. I find that the arm is quite short and requires a lot of small adjustments when I try to quilt with my machine. Not impossible, just time consuming.

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  85. I know my machine is an Elna.

    Deborah
    pinkscissorsdesign @gmail .com

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  86. I got a BabyLock used and ADORE it. It is just right for what I am doing - quilting, making clothes or hemming my daughter's jeans.

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  87. I have a used Pfaff 1473, and I just LOVE it! The dual feed makes it easier to match seams, and I love the needle-down, tie off, and snail buttons too.

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  88. I have an old Kenmore that I got from my boyfriend! It seems amazing compared to the machine I used to use which was a 1960's BABY BLUE singer which was a hand me down from my mother, and which no one ever taught me how to use- so it worked horribly! The kenmore feels delux to me and I never even think about getting a new one- until now!! thanks for the great giveaway!

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  89. I bought Janome 2050.. but that didn't last long. now I'm using a second hand Viking Hursqvana 6690.. which is way super great at great price - way cheaper than the new Janome.. I love it so much.

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  90. I use a $99 brother that I bought at Walmart. I loved the price - I don't love when I have tension troubles (that only happens when I try to FMQ, thank goodness I'm a hand quilter).

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  91. I have a Singer Inspiration. I have had no problems with it, but it's fairly basic, so I probably would only recommend it for a beginner who didn't want to pay too much for a decent machine. If I ever had to replace it I would go for something a little more fancy :)

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  92. You might not want to know what sewing machine I use....they are all very old antiques [straight stitches mostly, one does have zigzag though], then there is one that is as basic as it gets that I picked up for less than $75 from a local 'big box' chain store to use when I make button holes.

    sowingstitches [at] gmail [dot] com

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  93. I have a Pfaff Quilt Expression. I love it because I know how to use it! LOL. It is pretty good at free motion, too.

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  94. I have a Viiking Husky Star - it's pretty basic, I got it about 10 years ago and only started sewing properly this year, I think I will need an upgrade at some point!

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  95. I have 2 Pfaffs, and my newer modern model is a Hobby Line - After 2 years I've outgrown it, but I love it. It's so quiet and I've never had any issues with it. My vintage 1970's Pfaff is also really great and sews through some pretty tough stuff. If I upgrade, I'll be looking at the pfaff ambition essential or the quilt expression. I can dream...
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway! adriprints(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  96. I use a Universal Sewing Machine that used to be my grandmothers. I love it because it can handle the strain of quilting that I put it through and runs like a charm.

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  97. Bernina Artista 170 and I love it! thanks for the chance!

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  98. Well I just began sewing in August, so I don't have a fancy machine. It's a Brother LS2125i. When I was looking for a machine, my only requirements were inexpensive and relatively good ratings. I wanted to make sure that I was going to stick with sewing before I spent a lot of money on a machine. Overall it has been a good machine for me. I have quilted a queen size quilt on it and it held up. Obviously I wouldn't recommend it to someone like you who has been sewing, but it worked well for me as a beginning sewer! :) I'm going to bookmark this post, though, so that when I start looking for a new machine I'll have somewhere to start!

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  99. I've got a Pfaff Quilters Expression 4.0 and I love the high speed chain sewing on it, the stitches never fail, even at maximum speed, and it's only moderately loud even then.

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  100. Still haven't gotten my own sewing machine; when I don't hand stitch I use my mother's old machine. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  101. I have a Bernina 1130. It is over 20 years old and still sews as well as the day I bought it.

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  102. I have a Brother 2600XL. It's a good beginner machine, but probably not something to look at if you already have one and are getting a new one.

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  103. I have an unfancy Brother cs6000i. I love it, though!

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  104. I use a borrowed janome and its older but works great!

    mandy dot ueda at gmail dot com

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  105. I have a Brother CS6oooi, which I love... just wish I had a serger.

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  106. I have an older model Janome, My Excel 4014. I love that it's a workhorse that can sew through 4 layers of denim without missing a stitch. I also have a Brother 1034D serger which is so easy to use.

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  107. I have two Janomes - one that magically threads itself and one of their middle of the line sergers. I have been very happy with both. cynsaw2(at)yahoo(dot)ca

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  108. I have a babylock decorator's choice. I love that it has an automatic thread cutter.

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  109. I have a viking sapphire which is a quilting machine. It has a slightly larger throat so it is easier to stuff a bigger quilt through. I like it a lot.

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  110. I have just bought the new Husqvarna Viking Opal 670. I'm loving it for it's automatic tension, touch screen, scant 1/4" seaming, needle threader, automatic thread cutter and stop in needle down position.

    It sews like a dream.

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  111. I have a Pfaff expression 4.0. Larger throat area, automatic threader, needle down, etc. If it is threaded correctly it is a dream, if not, then ugh but mainly that is a user problem.

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  112. hi :) I bought a Janome SUV1122... it is my first sewing machine. I haven't had it a year yet and I wanting one that does more. Believe me, this does tons and I love it, but the grass is always greener LOL

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  113. I just have a basic Brother sewing machine that came from Walmart 10 years ago. It's been a good hard working machine that's survived dorm rooms and first apartments but I've been looking to upgrade this next year too!

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  114. Well I have a Brother CS-6000i, it was given to me as a gift. I have used the heck out of it and I too am in the market for a new one. I have been looking at Bernina's and Viking's, I hear the best things about them.

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  115. I have a Bernina Activa 131. It needs a tuneup, but I love it.

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  116. I love making pouches too...i do it on my brother machine, it is an older model, something 400...

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  117. Hello my friend :) I have an old Toyota - possibly 20 or 30 years old so I wouldn't recommend buying one (hahaha). Wonderful giveaway - thanks for the chance!

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  118. I have a Huskavarna Viking Sapphire 855 and I absolutely love it! It has a wide throat space which is awesome for quilting! If I ever get another machine I'll move up to the Topaz model so I can do digital embroidery too! Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway!

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  119. I have the basic Bernina 220 that I bought when I was 20. It works great & has lots of different attachments.

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  120. Bless you Tanya, I have three sewing machines! But I expect I can leave the Riccar overlocker out of the message! If you dressmake, or do curtains and stuff like that, an overlocker is wonderful, but embroidery? Patchwork- perhaps not. ASnd Riccar no longer exist, either, so you do not want one!
    My love is with my 18 month old Bernina QE, a complete dream! Only she is having a new lamp fitted, and has been at the repair shop for WEEKS now, 'cos you cannot fit a new bulb yourself.
    I also have a 25+ year old Singer Serenade 10. That was a mistake, though a good one. I did not think I would use the extra facilities on the next model up, and now I know I would have done. But she is a good old workhorse.
    But the Bernina is wonderful!Free motion feet, Walking foot blissful blind hem foot which dooes all sorts else as well... I could go on...

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  121. I have an older Babylock that, to my knowledge is no longer sold. It was bought years ago for my mom by my Gramma. It is a work horse and has really gone the second mile. I'm very happy with it, but it does lack decorative stitches. I only have one or two that I can fake as decorative.

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  122. I have a very simple HuskyStar...not sure of the model! Thanks for the giveaway! Amy @ gasudimack(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  123. I have a Bernina 440 QE and I love it, especially the stitch regulator for free motion quilting.

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  124. I have a Singer purchased in the 1980's. It meets my sewing needs except for making buttonholes. Those never come out very well. Good luck with your search for a new machine. Thanks for the chance to win.



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  125. I am researching to and over on Stitched in Color she has a whole lot of research she posted..

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  126. I have na Elna 1000. It's small (entry level) but I do like the Elna brand and their quality!

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  127. I'm not going to be much help, unfortunately! I have a very cheap Brother, but I sew so much that I've really outgrown it. I'm looking into getting a Janome. Good luck in your search and thanks for the great giveaway!

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  128. I have a Brother LS-2125. It is very basic and I wouldn't recommend it except maybe for a little girl or boy to learn on, because it doesn't have many stitches and you can't do anything fancy like lowering the feed dogs.

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  129. I have a Singer Simple. It was only $100 and it has been a great machine for a beginner like myself :)

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  130. I have the Janome 7700 Horizon. It was the one large purchase in my life but worth every penny. I love everything about this machine. Of course I only had one other machine in my life and it was ancient lol
    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  131. I sew on a vintage Singer 401. I found it at a Salvation Army for $10 and I wouldn't sell it for $200. It just sews a straight stitch but it has a slant needle (like a featherweight) and it will sew through anything. Multiple layers of denim is no problem!

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  132. I sew on a Janome 460QDC machine. Hubby got it for me off the Shopping Channel. And I love it! It's got an awesome variety of fancy stitches, thread cutter, needle down and the quilting feet & table. :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)

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  133. Which one?
    I sew mostly on my Singer stylist. Good basic machine form the early 60's.
    I love my Bernina serger.
    It depends on what you plan to sew.
    I mostly craft and make garments.
    Thanks for the giveaway and please enter mine.

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  134. I have an older Singer. Not sure model, it was my mothers.

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  135. I have a bernina from 1996. It's actually in the shop for the first repair ever needed (minor, just a timing issue). It was a gift from my Mom for graduating college.

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  136. I have a Brother LS 2125. It's very basic, but I love how good it is to me. It does what I want it to do, and it was very affordable. Thanks for such a generous giveaway!

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  137. I have a 20+ year old New Home Memorycraft 7500. It's old, but it is very heavy/stable and just keep on sewing. I love pouches - hope to win yours!
    ellen(at)myerly(dot)net

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  138. I have a Bernina Artista. Few bells and whistles but it has a beautiful stitch, handles any fabric, including heavy duty with ease. It does whatever I ask of it. Love the Bernina brand. Thanks.

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  139. My sewing machine is a Singer Brilliance. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  140. I have an old Brother, not sure the model. It's nothing fancy, but has been sturdy and cooperative for the most part. winterwrens at gmail dot com

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  141. I can't help out much with the sewing machine. I have 2 old Kenmore's that I use, but I wouldn't recommend them. Hopefully I will have something newer someday. :)

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  142. I have a new Brother (well about 3 years old) Love it but I haven't used it for quilting yet. It sews beautifully though perhaps a little rattly.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  143. I have a Bernina Bernette, and I love how user friendly it is!

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  144. I have a Janome JR2012 and it's great for sewing denim, but doesn't have lots of stitches if you like that :)

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  145. Bernina 150, and I love everything about it!!

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  146. I have a bernina artista 730 and I love how smoothly it runs and how enjoyable it makes sewing.

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  147. I have a Brother LS- something. It is 11 or 12 years old and only does straight and zig zag, but, it has taken a beating and keeps on sewing! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  148. i have a brother cs60000i. i like that its decently priced

    thanks for the giveaway

    radiyas(at)gmail(dot)com

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  149. i have a singer from the 90s-a simple craigslist purchase while i save for a better machine. thanks!

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  150. I have a Pfaff Quiltstyle (2002)which I adore except for the small harp. Santa is bringing me a Juki 2010q so I can learn to FMQ ;-D! Thanks for a great giveaway~!

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  151. I have (among others) a Singer Featherweight that I love for its portability. If I were to buy a new machine, I would get a Juki TL-2010Q. I had its predecessor and loved it.

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  152. I have a Husqvarna Viking E116 which I have a love hate relationship with ! It is a bit basic, but also a pretty good beginner's machine.

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  153. I have a seriously old machine. It is a Sears Kenmore from 1975. It was a gift to my mom when I was born. I LOVE it! I don't know if I would ever want to use any other machine. I like that it is all metal parts.

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  154. I have a Singer Stylist. Small but works.

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  155. I have an Elna 2110, it's very basic but serves me well :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  156. Thanks for the giveaway! I have a Singer Stylist 7258. It is my first sewing machine and I got it for free with bank card reward points, so I can't complain too much. I have pieced and quilted 6 quilts on it so far, but the throat space is not meant for quilting. I am getting a new Singer Heavy Duty 5532 this week, so I expect to have more ease with quilting bigger things. wonderlandbyalyce at gmail dot com

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  157. I have a Janome MC6600P & I love it! It's a powerful machine & it has a big throat space so it's easy to quilt even large quilts on it. The only thing that it doesn't have is a free arm feature but I've managed sewing bags & other things without it so that's not too much of an inconvenience. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

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  158. I am a Brother fan, I gifted myself last Christmas with a Brother 6S6000i machine! It's a good middle of the line machine, I want to learn FMQ so it does do that and came with the foot! And last year amazon.com had it for $159; regular price was over $500. It is a little loud sometimes though! Good luck in your search :)
    xoxo melzie4boyz@aol.com

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  159. I have a Pfaff and I love it because it is easy to use and it works really well. However, my aunt has a Bernina and I think if I had to replace my machine I would go with a Bernina. It is really useable and I think it feels more heavy duty.
    My recommendation would be to go to the shop with the flimsiest piece of fabric and the fattest quilt sandwich you plan to sew and ask to play with any machine you are considering for about half an hour. This way you can work out if it will sew what you want and how you want. This allows you to make an informed decision, and if the shop won't let you play with the machines then they aren't going to offer great after market service either!!!

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  160. Brother PC-420. It's the top rated machine on Amazon, which is where I bought it. It's reasonably priced and has so many great features! I haven't had any problems with it and it's really sturdy. Some people don't like how the needle resets by default to the left, and that did take some getting used to, but I actually find it more useful that way now that I know why it is that way.

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  161. I love my Pfaff Creative 2 sewing / embroidery machine as it allows me to do some great FMQ and also embroidery It's more of a mid-range electronic machine and I love it. Thanks for the opportunity on a great draw. Merry Christmas to you.
    bonnielarson58(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  162. I have the base model singer and I love that it works :) eatkin85(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  163. I have a Brother CE-4000. It's not super-fancy, but I love that the additional feet are inexpensive. I got a darning foot for free-motion quilting for $3! Thanks for the chance to win! akmajor (at) gmail (dot) com

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  164. I had a Singer Confidence and it worked fine.. until it just broke beyond repair after a few years. A part wore out. I have a Vintage Kenmore now and I can't get the FMQ down.. kind of annoying! I'm saving for a Juki 2000qi

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  165. I have too many hahaha. But the one I like the most is a Bernina Bernette. I really like it, it's quiet, goes quite fast, doesn't tangle. I wish I had more space in the arm to quilt free handed somewhat easier. I really like it though.

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  166. A Babylock Grace. Easy to use and very reliable.

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  167. i have a singer treadle from 1940?? and a kenmore basic sewing machine

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  168. My sewingmachine is a babylock Espire it is about 5 or 6 years old now. I love it. esdpecially all teh decorative stitching it does and how the tension self adjusts perfectly. and it makes perfect button holes all different types to choose from.
    conn_and_vans_mom@yahoo.com

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  169. I have a Bernina 801 that I really like!
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  170. I have the basic Singer, my mom bought it for me, it's very good.

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  171. I have a Brother 6000i. When I started sewing again a few years ago, I wanted a new sewing machine but I only had so much money to spend on it. I got this one and haven't had a problem with it yet. It has loads of stitches on it and is really easy to use. Now that I have a bit more money to spend, I might start looking for a machine a step higher up but am not certain since I like this machine.

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  172. Mine is a New Home. I don't think they make them anymore. :) But I love it because it works great and it was a hand-me-down from my grandma!
    peachstateme(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  173. I have a lower end Brother that is dying a slow painful death so I am about to be in the same boat as you. Looking to buy a new one. I am going to read some of your comments to see what others recommend too.

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  174. I have a Jonome 7700 Horizon. I love the needle up down and the knee lift and the dual feed when I'm quilting with the walking foot.

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  175. I love this topic! I am bookmarking so I can come back and read through the comments. I am also looking for a new machine. I am interested in an Elna--I will have to come back to tell you the number.

    Right now I have a pretty basic Kenmore. It was great for a beginning.

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  176. I've made several Noodlehead wide open pouches - love that pattern!

    One of my machines is a Babylock Decorator's choice - I HATE THAT MACHINE. After about 3 years of sewing it started giving me problems and never stopped. Just thinking about that horrid piece of plastic makes me grit my teeth - I would NEVER get another Babylock! Apparently I have the only problem Babylock ever made - lucky me, lol! I prefer my 1953 Singer 201 or my Singer 411 - those metal machines were made to last, although they don't have all the features of the newer machines, they're definitely workhorses :)

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  177. I have a Bernina 930. I love it to bits. I never ever have to screw with the tension, and that baby roars. I can really sew with it !

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  178. I have a Singer from Kmart ;) I'm not sure what model it is. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  179. Janome memory craft 3500 - I love at as I have always sewn on it but sometimes I do wish it had a bigger gap for quilting!

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  180. I've got a mid-level Singer and I like that I own it and it works ok most of the time. My sisters each have a similar model that we were all gifted one year. Tension goes out at a whim. If you stop in the wrong place the motor will not turn-if you push the pedal nothing happens. Some of the stitches never have worked and ones that do work are programed in wrong, except the straight stitch thank goodness. It finally sews semi-straight after I've taken off the feed dogs multiple times to clean and reset it. It can sew through three layers of fabric but don't ask it to do four. It's a mechanical one, not electronic. My mums electronic Husqvarna from about 20 years ago sews like a dream. My sisters have had the same problems as me and we each have a slightly different machines but same monetary range. One sister recently got a Brother and is so pleased. I tried it and it was a dream. Hers was a non entry level one. A step or two up from that, also electronic. The mechanical Singer we had from the 70's was great but the new ones have been rubbish. Maybe their electronic line works better.

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  181. I have a very simple brother machine. Thanks for such an awesome giveaway! Happy Holidays to You! :)

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  182. I have a Pfaff Expression 2- I bought it for the large mouth area- I really don't know how I lived without that room, it seems so small now but it's at least double my old machine!

    kerry(AT)penny-dog.co.uk

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  183. I actually have two - one is an old White (don't remember the model) that is a bit temperamental because it really needs a tune-up. I also have a new Baby Lock Anna. It's a simple machine (no computer or fancy stitches) but it works like a charm

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  184. I have a Brother Innovis 950D - it does lot but I wish I had gone into a bigger and better machine.

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  185. I have a very small Janome Hello Kitty machine.. its ridiculous and not very good, but cute!

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  186. I have a Brother Project Runway that about 4 years old. I think it was only about $149, but I love it. The only things I would like to have would be an extension table (this one doesn't even have an optional one) and more throat space. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  187. I have a Brother Super Galaxie - it was my mum's old machine and I love the stop start button, automatic scissors and enormous range of stitches (even though I know I'll never use most of them!)

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  188. I have a Husqvarna Viking Topaz 30. It pretty much does everything for me, in comparison to my previous machine is a massive step up. The best things as far as i am concerned are drop in bobbin and automatic thread cutting.

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  189. Funny question... I have a fancy 2002 or so Bernina that's in the shop, it does all sorts of lovely stuff... and a 1980s Kenmore that's perfect (but not fancy) and can stand up to anything and doesn't need to go to the repair man or get a $100 yearly tune-up (are you kidding me? Seriously! that's what the Bernina people recommend!) or really even get cleaned more than once every few years. But the Bernina does have a needle threader, which is nice... Anyhow, you can get a VERY GOOD and cheap Kenmore at Sears that'll last you forever and do nearly everything :) (except programmable embroidery, etc.)

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