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- Kay Lancaster
May 9, 2017, 9:38 am
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Europro is notorious for not having repair parts available. :-(
That said, what sort of things do you sew, and what do you want a new machine to do for you?
I'm mostly a garment maker, so when I bought my last new machine, a Juki F600, I actually bought it
based on the quality of the buttonholes it did without fuss. It's been a very good machine for me --
I really appreciate the precision stitching the box feed affords me.
One of the reasons that machine produces very good buttonholes is because of the design of the
buttonhole foot: there is a clamping plate on the bottom that sandwiches your fabric between the foot
and this plate, and allows buttonholes to be made easily in places that are otherwise difficult, like the
neck button on a shirt. There are now other manufacturers with some variation on that clamping plate,
usually called a stabilizer plate -- if you make a lot of buttonholes, I'd be looking for a machine
that will take such a foot.
The other thing I'll caution you on: many of the new machines don't have adjustable presser foot pressure,
something I consider non-negotiable.
If you haven't found the site patternreview.com, there are a lot of reviews of sewing machines there,
some much more informative than others. But you may find it helpful. Right now, I think Juki and
Janome are my pick for good machines at decent prices, but some of the new Singers, like the S18,
are getting very good reports.