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I am thinking of upgrading to a Viking machine. Just wondered if anyone here has one and if they like it. I just need a basic machine, I don't quilt or emboider, but I do want certain features on my machine. The model I am looking at is computerized, it is the Scandia 200, so one up from their lowest end model. I can't decide if I should go the computerized route, I bought a computerized front loading wash machine, and if anything ever goes wrong with the electrical panel, I might as well buy a new machine. So, I just don't want to make the same mistake. I just love how this machine sews, and it has the bells and whistles that I need......want! Thanks! Oh, the other one I am looking at is a Baby Lock, so if anyone has input on that machine, I'd appreciate it.
 

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I have a Husqvarna 500, it is discontinued now, but I have had it for 10 years and I love it. It has been utterly reliable and has performed almost every task I have asked, from fine heirloom sewing to upholstery. It is computerized, I wouldn't want to go back to mechanical. My only beef is that the teflon foot cost too much, $25 versus a $5 generic foot that didn't fit.

Check out the machines you like at sewing.patternreview.com. You have to join I think, but it is free. Lots of users posting their experience there.
 

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I have a Husqvarna 500.
So do I! I've had it for a very long time & it has survived everything - numerous moves, neglect, storage, heavy usage, etc. I
my Viking. I don't even look at new sewing machines b/c mine still works perfectly after all these years! Of course, now I'm looking at Husqvarna embroidery machines, which I can't afford but drool over every time I'm at JoAnn Fabrics. :LOL
 

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I have a Viking 550, and love it! I'm still a beginner at this, but I feel like this machine is teaching me how to sew. BTW, for a teflon foot, I bought a White foot (White is the same manufacturer) which was, I think $3.99, and it fits fine.
 

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You can get them on eBay for about $160, great deal IMO.


When I think about how much I paid for mine new (back when I was making good money)...wow. Y'know, in the umpteen however many years I've had mine, I've never had to get it repaired, never had anything break (other than needles going over pins I forgot to remove
), never had a problem of any kind.
 

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Wow! Thanks for the great responses. I feel I can't go wrong with a Viking purchase. I am thinking of the Scandinavia 200, a computerized machine for beginners. I like the idea that if I find I need a different machine, I can upgrade within the year and just pay the difference in the price of the machines. I am excited!!! I currently have a White, and just didn't know what I needed in a machine when I purchased it. So, I am glad I didn't spend alot on my first machine, now I know the features that I want, so I am able to make a more informed decision.
 

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I took a look at the Scandi 200, it looks nice! I hope you like it!

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When I think about how much I paid for mine new (back when I was making good money)...wow.
I know! Me too. But it was still cheap compared to say a Designer 1+.....and so dependable.
 

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I have a freesia 415. Its their computerized model that they discontinued and brought in the scandinavia line. I'm not sure what the freesia compares to that is currently out but I adore my machine! The computerized part makes things so much easier than fine tuning the dials on my old machine. Its a real sturdy sewing machine and will sew through 7 layers of cotton without jamming. I love the drop in bobbin and the start/stop button so you don't have to back stitch. Definately worth the money! Does your dealer offer free classes to get acquainted with your new machine? Mine does and it was really useful to see if there were any "tricks" or "quirks" about the model I bought.
 

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I have a freesia 415.
My sister has this one, her dh gave it to her for her birthday. I like it, very similar to mine. I think I have sewn on it more than she has, I think the classes will help her a lot.

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the name, freesia, so pretty.
 

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Yes, my dealer offers free classes, which I think will be very helpful! I am going to browse e-bay just for kicks, I am a little afraid to purchase through them, mostly because I am a "try before you buy" kind of a gal. Right now I am only sewing diapers, but I will probably branch out into other areas when my son is potty trained, and when I have more time!! I'd like to try some home dec things as well as maybe make some clothing for BJ. Thanks ladies!
 
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