Sewing Machine Try Outs…

I have a great sewing machine, to date I’ve sewn approximately 6,500 (low estimate) items for Impie, Hattie & Bea on that machine. It’s goes forward and backward, very quickly and runs great for hours. Here it is…



It’s a big machine, very big. It stays in one spot. I’ve been trying to do some free motion quilting on it but it’s not going well, I’m frustrated!

I’ve wanted a second machine for quite a while, I had one for a bit but gave it to my daughter. Another Janome, another nice machine the Thread Banger 12. Still pretty basic and hardworking. Sturdy construction. I have it here right now giving it a bit of a tune up for Amber. I’ve decided it’s not what I want for my second machine.



On Thanksgiving I came across a great sale online and picked up a Brother CE4400 for half price and free shipping. It’s my first electronic machine. I’ve used it some, it’s does some nice decorative stitches and I’ve finished 2 small quilts on it. I don’t care to use it for piecing however so it’s a temporary second machine and does a few fancy things….but it’s not my dream machine!




My dream machine is…just that, dreamy, and completely beyond my means….just lately I’ve had my eye on the Bernina 380.

bernina 380 med


Tell me, what is your dream machine? What is your real machine, what do you love about it? What can you do with it? I’d love lots of input from sewers about their machines to help me find something just right!


8 thoughts on “Sewing Machine Try Outs…

  1. I think I own my dream machine, My husband died earlier this year, and with a very small life insurance policy he had, I was able to purchase a Viking Topaz 50. I have owned Viking machines for over 15 years, and have purchased them for my daughters as well. They are excellent machines – great quality, reliable, and never need oiling (very important to me). The Topaz 50 also does embroidery, but Viking as non-embroidery machines as well. I love that sewing though multiple layers of denim is no problem for these machines since I always have to hem my jeans. You name it, the Topaz 50 can do it. You would probably love the extra long machine bed. You do pay more for Vikings, but I believe you get what you pay for and in this case, it’s money we’ll spent.

    1. I’m so sorry for your loss Ginny! My Janome 1600P-DB has an extra long bed and sewing on the Brother feels like I’m using a mini machine…since I posted this I’m actually looking at another Janome, much more in my price range but with lots of features…I will research some Viking machines as well, I’m glad you are so happy with yours. :0)

  2. I have a Bernina 730QE right now. It is my dream machine, although the bigger embroidery units are tempting me, but I don’t think I would get enough use out of the larger sizes to justify the increased cost. It can free motion quilt, needle down start, programable decorative stitches, machine quilt (thick denim quilts without a problem), and embroider. I love how smooth it sews, the onboard help, and the ability to slow the motor down on the screen when I need to instead of regulating it with the peddle. I should mention that I went from a 45+ year old Bernina 730 to the current Bernina 730 (I find it funny how they have the same number.) I have noticed when sewing on other machines that the feed dogs don’t seem to “feed” as smoothly as the Bernina’s. Also I like the support that Bernina offers. I have taken a lot of classes at lqs to learn how to use the different features on the machine. Stitch quality is high. It is definitely more of machine than I need, but it gives me room. That’s all I can think of right now. Feel free to ask me any questions.

    1. It seems like Bernina users are all very happy with and loyal to their brand. I wish they were a bit more afforadable. I’ve been watching some quilt classes on Craftsy and the Bernina looks like a dream to sew with! :0)

  3. Last year I decided to replace my very old, very basic Necchi with a Brother PC-210. I’ve used it for a bit of garment construction, mending and finishing my stitchery projects. After a number of months of use, I can say that is definitely NOT my dream machine! On the plus side, threading is super easy and I really like not having to use a foot pedal. Stitch selection is easy and it does every stitch I use, although the zig zag is narrower than I’d like. As for negatives, I don’t like the spool holder and the needle threader is already out of adjustment and not usable. And I absolutely hate the bobbin winder because the thread has to be started in just the right spot for the bobbin to wind evenly. So it takes me 4 or 5 tries to get it right. I were shopping today, I’d choose a different machine for sure.

    It will be interesting to see what others have to say.

    1. Connie,

      You’ve pretty well mentioned every complaint I have with this new Brother machine. I’m now giving some attention to another Janome…the Memory Crafts 6300 :0)

  4. I tried a couple of different brands of machines in the beginning, and then bought my first Bernina. I’m now a devoted Bernina user. A couple of years ago I upgraded from the 440 to the 750. It took some getting used to, but now I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Hope you find/found the perfect machine for you!

  5. Hi Vicky,

    Ahh, another loyal Bernina fan! You really are a helpful group of sewers and make me wish I could fit one in my budget TODAY!! Thank you for taking time to tell me about your machine! :0)

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