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Question about older machines

Pixey
 

I have a friend who I was talking sewing with. She has some basic sewing projects she wants to do, curtains, pillows, basic mending, etc. However, her ‘preferred’ machine (which is no longer available) was actually her grandmother’s treadle machine because she could control the speed and sew very slowly. I gather she had a bad runaway machine incident with an economy modern machine that left here afraid of the machine. I showed her the speed control on my 6600P and she lit up with hope. Unfortunately, her budget is more in the $300-$500 range. We discussed the possibility of a retired or used machine from a reputable vendor.

I was looking at some possibilities which would come with the speed control and spotted some in the 8000 and DC lines (8050, 8070, DC1050, DC2014, DC3050), but was not familiar with these lines. Can you share some insights on whether these might be a good machine for her?

Thanks,
Pixey

Mary E
 

I have the DC2014 and I love it. The speed control is great and the auto threader ALWAYS works (as opposed to my 15000 which is hit or miss), and I purchased one of those after market presser foot sets to use with it. I have used this machine to teach young children to sew and they love that it can go very slowly. Not a million stitches on it but the ones it has are very good. Zig zag stitch is especially good quality, even better than my 15000 in my opinion. 
Mary


On Saturday, January 19, 2019, Pixey via Groups.Io <pixeyam=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I have a friend who I was talking sewing with.  She has some basic sewing projects she wants to do, curtains, pillows, basic mending, etc. However, her ‘preferred’ machine (which is no longer available) was actually her grandmother’s treadle machine  because she could control the speed and sew very slowly.  I gather she had a bad runaway machine incident with an economy modern machine that left here afraid of the machine.  I showed her the speed control on my 6600P and she lit up with hope.  Unfortunately, her budget is more in the $300-$500 range.  We discussed the possibility of a retired  or used machine from a reputable vendor.

I was looking at some possibilities which would come with the speed control and spotted some in the 8000 and DC lines (8050, 8070, DC1050, DC2014, DC3050), but was not familiar with these lines.  Can you share some insights on whether these might be a good machine for her?

Thanks,
Pixey



blue_lak
 

Additional things to consider....
1. Curtains and pillows can be bulky if she's sewing home dec fabrics so be sure the choice is up to that work. 
2. If she's used to a treadle, would she be comfortable with buttons and auto settings/adjustments?
3. Older workhorse Kenmore 385 series machines were made by Janome and often found at online selling sites, and sometimes at sewing/vac repair shops (at least near me, sometimes).
Several years ago, my daughter had one of the DC series but complained that it vibrated and shook when she got going. Mind you, she's known for a lead foot on the gas pedal. She sold it and bought a used MC6500. She does a lot of costumes with all kinds of fabrics.
Jan Steiner

Pixey
 

Thanks Mary and Jan.
Nice to get an endorsement of the DC line on the speed control.

I think she could get accustomed to the auto settings and buttons as she is generally comfortable with technology, it was mainly the speed aspects she was complaining over.

I do admit to a few concerns on the fabric weight side of things, but it does not sound like she will be trying to use really heavy fabric and linings.  Plus since she will be going very slowly, vibration should be less of an issue.  I did a little looking for a 6500 but could not find one locally and am not comfortable recommending an online buy.  To be honest, if she ran into something that particularly needed that level of “umph”, I would probably invite her over and let her use my 6600 (under supervision).

Pixey


On Jan 20, 2019, at 9:40 AM, blue_lak via Groups.Io <blue_lak@...> wrote:

Additional things to consider....
1. Curtains and pillows can be bulky if she's sewing home dec fabrics so be sure the choice is up to that work. 
2. If she's used to a treadle, would she be comfortable with buttons and auto settings/adjustments?
3. Older workhorse Kenmore 385 series machines were made by Janome and often found at online selling sites, and sometimes at sewing/vac repair shops (at least near me, sometimes).
Several years ago, my daughter had one of the DC series but complained that it vibrated and shook when she got going. Mind you, she's known for a lead foot on the gas pedal. She sold it and bought a used MC6500. She does a lot of costumes with all kinds of fabrics.
Jan Steiner

Joyce Daniel
 

Pixey,
I am in GA, near Atlanta and have an in-the-cabinet amazing machine that was given to me that needs a home. It sews wonderfully and does not do runaway sewing. If you can pick it up, it's yours. Just lmk.
Joyce
mdaniel@...

suemonin
 

I purchased a used 6500 quilter about 6 years ago. It has run like a trooper every time I use it. And I use it a lot. I have a small cottage business and this machine is very reliable. 

Sue in WNY

On Sat, Jan 19, 2019, 4:13 PM Pixey via Groups.Io <pixeyam=yahoo.com@groups.io wrote:
I have a friend who I was talking sewing with.  She has some basic sewing projects she wants to do, curtains, pillows, basic mending, etc. However, her ‘preferred’ machine (which is no longer available) was actually her grandmother’s treadle machine  because she could control the speed and sew very slowly.  I gather she had a bad runaway machine incident with an economy modern machine that left here afraid of the machine.  I showed her the speed control on my 6600P and she lit up with hope.  Unfortunately, her budget is more in the $300-$500 range.  We discussed the possibility of a retired  or used machine from a reputable vendor.

I was looking at some possibilities which would come with the speed control and spotted some in the 8000 and DC lines (8050, 8070, DC1050, DC2014, DC3050), but was not familiar with these lines.  Can you share some insights on whether these might be a good machine for her?

Thanks,
Pixey



Pat
 

I have a Pfaff, Passport 2 that I am willing to sell. Details are in the database: https://groups.io/g/onlinesewing-janome/viewrow?id=2341&rowid=594631&lv=1&p=RowNum,,,20,1,0,594631

Pixey
 

Thanks Sue and Pat,

My friend ended up acquiring my mom’s old Kenmore.  Mom needed the space and just needed someone to pass it to.  Even though it did not have speed control settings, she was comfortable with it.

Pixey


On Jun 25, 2019, at 6:40 AM, Pat <pattikowalczyk@...> wrote:

I have a Pfaff, Passport 2 that I am willing to sell. Details are in the database: https://groups.io/g/onlinesewing-janome/viewrow?id=2341&rowid=594631&lv=1&p=RowNum,,,20,1,0,594631