Help me buy a new sewing machine!

Amy Friendsewing machine18 Comments

See these cute little fabrics? They are waiting to be made into adorable little outfits for my littlest but I am pretty sure that my machine has had it. I have been struggling with it for months now. The tension has been terrible and the motor doesn’t seem like it can handle pulling the fabric through any more. I plan to call my LQS tomorrow to see when it can be serviced. I’d like to keep it for a spare at the very least. In the meantime, I would appreciate help narrowing my search for a new machine. Fortunately, I have been saving for one for awhile now, but I haven’t done my research. My current machine is a Viking. The only perk to sticking with the Viking name is that I could keep the presser feet that I have purchased for it.
My LQS sells Janome machines but services all machines. There are also Pfaff and Bernina dealers that are not too far away. I know that my current machine was not up for quilting. When I started to quilt in earnest, it started to fall apart. I need something intended for quilting that can stitch through bulky seams and stand up to hours of quilting. I also want to be able to continue sewing clothing. Embroidery is not important to me.
What do you use? What would you recommend? Do you have a dream machine? Help!