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I know you are probably all sick of it, but I need help on a sewing machine. Right now I have a 1948 Singer. It does straight stiches forward and backward and that's about it. I have borrowed a very basic Viking and loved it.

Some examples of the things I make routinely are baby blankets (flannel and terry), diaper covers (from recycled sweaters or fleece), assorted simple sewing. I have also converted prefolds to pre-fitteds and that was probably the heaviest sewing I have done (number of layers). I know that if I had a decent machine I would probably do more. I am not thinking about a WAHM business at this point, but if I did I would probably invest in a better/fancier machine at that point. One think I would like to do would be embroider names or initials to personalize gifts, but a machine that sews well would be a higher priority.

So, in looking through all the threads and at different machines I have these in mind:

Viking Madison ($350) http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us/5162_5163.htm
Viking Scandinavia 100 ($450) http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us/598_704.htm
Viking Scandinavia 200 ($550) http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us/598_1095.htm
Kenmore 19233 ($379) http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/produ...seBVCookie=Yes

I'm not sure that the Scan. 100 is worth $100 more than the Madison. The Scan 200 is computerized, and has some decorative stitches, but is that really needed? The Kenmore I'm really on the fence about. It offers the monogramming, but I'm not sure that I trust it for sewing. It also has only a 90 day warranty, but I can get a 3-yr agreement for $120 making it about the same as the Scan 200. I wish that Viking had something for simple embroidery, but their lowest priced embroidery machine is $999 plus costs for cards with lettering.

I would really appreciate any thoughts you have or other suggestions of machines to look at.

THANK YOU!!!!
 

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Actually I would go with the kenmore...but interesting enough all the machine you mentioned are made my janome for either kenmore or viking (the huskystars and the lowerend vikings are supposedly made by janome...although the scandi says that it's made in sweden so it gets confusing)

The kenmore will probably give you the most bang for your buck and I believe it's equal to another janome machine...a mc 3000 which sales for much more. Janomes are known to be awesome machine and all my dealings with sears have been very positive...the warranty might only be for 90 days, but generally sears will back the product especially if you have the receipt.

Have you looked at other brands. I'd still check them all out...alot of people love bernina and pfaff (especially the idt).
I personally have a brother that I am thrilled with, not a walmart one a dealer only one, but It's the 2nd one I've owned and the first one did come from walmart.( although that might be something to consider...the cs6000t can sale for under $300 has tons of higher end features and a lower price point and consistently great reviews on patternreview.com)
 

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I haven't looked at many others - my two little ones don't like to shop :) I would like to see some others. I think I need to get to Walmart and see the Brother ones. From reading, the Berninas are similar in price and quality to the Vikings, so I figured I would look at Viking first since I am somewhat familiar with them. Are they much different? I think there is a Pfaff dealer relatively close.

I think the Scandinavias are made by Viking - they had three lower ones - the Emeralds:
http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us/6119_6123.htm

They were all between $180 and $300 and had a lesser warranty, but I the saleslady didn't really say exactly how long.

The reason I'm thinking about the extended warranty with Sears is that I am in the middle of trying to get them to fix a vacuum cleaner that broke after just 18 months. The store wasn't too helpful, but corporate customer service seems a bit better. If they don't fix the vacuum, I may have to cross that one off the list because DH won't buy anything else there. :)

Thank you so much!
 
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