I’ve had a Brother Inov-is QC1000 for 4 years, it replaced a manual Janome that had done stirling work for years and had started to miss behave, I’d also started piecing and quilting by machine instead of just epp. I looked at the knitting and stitching show & festival of quilts – Brother were the only company that would allow me to try the machine, was amazed by the other machine companies who don’t allow one to test drive. So that was a huge deciding factor, the ease of use, quilting ability, wide throat space and large extention table. 4 years on and 1 service in, the stitch quality has dropped and I am really unhappy with it. It sews ok, but the buttonholes could be better, I get chewed up threads underneath (with auto tension), sometimes it swallows and chews fabric – just not happy. When quilting with the walking foot attached, the needle often comes adrift, never use the quilting guide as it slips and moves around. Also really don’t like the large LCD screen at the side of the machine, can acidently knock this when quilting and change stitch. So here is the dilema, what to buy if i replace my machine? The advice I always give is to buy the best machine you can afford. Also ask what do you use the machine for, dressmaking, quilting, curtain making, general crafts or alterations; as this also narrows the field down. Bernina, Viking Husqvarna, Phaff or Janome? At work my option is the Janome 6600P, but doesn’t have a free arm that is so useful for dressmaking. So I’ve narrowed the field of possibilities down to a hand full:
Bernina 530 has 7 year guarantee, do like the panel on top.
Viking Husqvarna Opal 690Q 10 Year warranty.
Pfaff 3.5 again with a 10 Year Warranty.
Janome 8200QC comes with just a 2 year warrentee.
Now to try and find a dealer who will let me test drive them. Would you reccomend your machine, what do you like best about it? If you have any of the machines above do let me know what you think about them either by commenting below or emailing email@example.com
And to anyone reading this that knows me – yes I know you normally ask me for advice x