Thursday, January 5, 2012

Help Me Make a Decision!

So, for my birthday, my husband has said he would get me a new sewing machine!!!  I cannot tell you how excited I am, but I can't choose between a couple models.  Let me give you a little background.

I have been sewing on my Brother XL-3750 for almost 3 years now, and it has been a great starter machine.  I believe I paid around $100 for it and it has definitely served it's purpose.  Of course I will still be using it for button holes, small projects, etc, but I am now in the market for a straight-stitch industrial machine.

Now, my dream machine is the Juki DDL-8700:

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Here is my problem, though.  We are a military family and are moving in March, and then again a year later.  And the last thing I want to do is to have to take this machine apart twice to move!!!  I just don't want to risk breaking it and umm...PUTTING IT TOGETHER 3 TIMES.

So, I've narrowed down my choices to these two machines:

Juki DL2010Q

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And Janome 1600P-DBX

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So now I need your help!!!  What machine do you swear by?  Which one would you choose?

I need a great, reliable machine that will keep an even stitch when I am sewing several layers of fabric.  Those are my bottom lines, so any advice you can give me would be so great!


  1. Sorry, no help on this front. My Janome only needs the cords pulled out and then it's little hardcase popped on to move. And I have had this Janome for over, well lets just leave it at a very long time. Haven't heard of the Juki brand, mustn't be sold Down Under. Just make sure you try both out for yourself before buying...good luck!!!

  2. Thanks, Doobee! I'm definitely leaning more towards the Janome! Can't wait to try it out. Just waiting on our tax refund...:)

  3. Oh, it's so sad that you'll be moving so much. I'm in absolute love with my 8700. At first I was a bit intimidated by the speed, but now I'm more annoyed when I have to use my PC-420 for decorative stitches because it's sooooo slooooow.

    The even stitch quality of my 8700 really makes my other machines seem like kids toys.

    If you're really planning on putting down a lot of money on a machine I might reconsider the options of taking the Juki apart and putting it back together for the moves. It's a solid machine so it won't get damaged easily at all. Plus if you find a local supplier they might be willing to come disassemble it for you for a small fee. The place I purchased mine from gave me an amazing price and even brought it to me and set it up on the second floor of my house free of charge!

    1. Oh, Courtney! I want that machine so bad! Thank you for your suggestions about putting it together and taking it apart. I never even thought of that. I'm just waiting for our tax refund and then I can make my purchase!