Janome or just Kenmore?
I've been looking at sewing machines and here is the rundown:
1) The Bernina and Husgavarna Viking models that seem to fit my wants/needs are around $1400 (ugh) but they also seem very complicated to use.
2) The Pfaff salesman tried to sell me the Brother "Project Runway" instead of showing me the Pfaffs once I said that I preferred not to spend $1000+, so I left his shop.......never to return.
3) I went to Sears and although no one there knew a thing about the Kenmore models, from looking at the unplugged machines, the 19233 seems to fit my wants/needs and the sale price was $399.
4) I'm going to look at the Janomes over the weekend and the more I read about them, the more they seem like a really great fit for me because they appear to offer real "quality" for price.
So here are my two questions after reading through the Sears and Janome websites:
1) The Janome 6260QC looks great, but the MC4800QC looks even better. FYI - I was quoted about $700 for the 6260 and $1200 for the MC4900 QC so I'll assume that the 4800 is a little less, but is probably still $1000 (ugh) which at least is less than the Bernina and Viking.
2) I am willing to pay what I "need" to (price range is $400 to $800 but will go a little higher if I'm convinced it will be money well spent) in order to get a quality machine that has at least three different automatic button holes, will do simple quilting (presser foot must raise high)and has a nice array of stitches(40-50 minimum). So, with this in mind, is it worth going to the Janome over the Kenmore? My gut tells me "yes" but I hate spending what I call "stupid money."
I used to sew many years ago and I really want to get back into it again! (Curtains, tablecloths & napkins, emellished linen hand towels & bedding, some simple clothing, quilts, decorative pillows, etc.)
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your advice!