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From: Kerkyra
Date: 07-22-2007, 02:49 PM (1 of 5)
Hi there!!

I'm looking at getting a new domestic machine that has a variety of buttonholes, however it also needs to be a bit of a workhorse as I sew all day, everyday (although the domestic is mainly used for lighter, delicate fabrics and precision sewing). I currently have a Janome 4618LE which I'm really happy with, apart from the fact that my buttonholes just don't look smart enough. I make garments to order so really need something that does a more professional buttonhole (eg., keyhole type). I am also happy to buy second hand if the machine has a good reputation.

Can anyone offer an opinion?

:love: Sarah
User: Kerkyra
Member since: 07-01-2007
Total posts: 15
From: MartySews2
Date: 07-22-2007, 03:22 PM (2 of 5)
Love the buttonholes on my Pfaff 7570 machine. I have 11 to choose from plus an eyelet buttonhole. It is a workhorse machine with a built-in walking foot which is great for slippery fabrics. I don't ever want to trade my Pfaff machine. I even bought an older model for my DD.
User: MartySews2
Member since: 05-03-2007
Total posts: 293
From: paroper
Date: 07-22-2007, 05:31 PM (3 of 5)
The Bernina machines at all levels make great button holes too. The button holes are made from the same direction so that they are balanced. The 730/200 machines (don't know about the others) also have a feature where you can put the button against the screen for size and it will formulate the correct size button for you, rather nice.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: Kerkyra
Date: 07-26-2007, 03:59 PM (4 of 5)
Hiya, thanks for the opinions!! It's good to get a real opinion of how good a machine is, instead of a salesman who probably hasn't actually tested something this specific.:bg:
User: Kerkyra
Member since: 07-01-2007
Total posts: 15
From: Skye
Date: 07-26-2007, 06:01 PM (5 of 5)
I would go and try out all the machines to see which one meets your needs.
Can anyone remeber the old Singer SM with a button hole attachment - my mum had one and it clacked away made beautiful buttonholes Showing my age here :wink:
User: Skye
Member since: 09-28-2000
Total posts: 233
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