|Janome MyExcel 3018|
I can blame all this lusting on Rachel from Stitched in Color who planted the seed when she purchased her new Pfaff Smarter 1100 Pro. That particular model is not showing up on the Pfaff Australia website, I'll have to call them tomorrow to find out if it's coming in the near future. I just spoke to a local Pfaff/Singer dealer (Oatley Cottage) who has the Expression 2.0 on sale for $1300 ($700 off) until 30 May. I am aiming to go there on Saturday to have a try out of the machine. On paper it looks great, the harp space is 10" plus it has all the other features like needle up/down, feed dogs down etc.
On the other hand, I have been happy with my Janome. It turns out that Janome are also having a "Mothers Day Sale". The problem is all the machines in the $500-$1000 range in that brochure sound really similar. It looks like the only way I'm going to be able to narrow it down is to go to a Janome dealer and compare the machines in person. There's also the MC4900QC and MC6600 to consider as well.
I'm not even going to consider Bernina since they are too expensive and the harp space is small on all their machines except for the really, really expensive ones ($5000).
|Mum's old Singer sewing machine RIP. |
(You can see how my sewing space has grown since 2009)
Oatley Cottage also recommended a Singer for $500 but I didn't find out which model. Not sure about Singer since I've heard the quality of these machines is not what they used to. I'd have to do a bit more digging on that.
So please people, I'm putting this out there to you. Can you let me know what machine you're using, what it cost and would you buy this machine again? Pros & Cons would be awesome as well.