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10-07-2006, 10:38 PM
does anyone know of a site/forum that is as good as knittinghelp.com for sewing related questions?

i am interested in purchasing a machine and begin to learn how to sew. my mother will teach me, but is not up to date with the latest technology as far as machines are concerned and doesn't have any suggestions...


10-07-2006, 11:22 PM
I do not know of a web site but if I were you I'd visit your local fabric stores and ask the "experts" what brands they like for reliablity. Gather multiple opinions. Vikings are always good. My Viking is 30 years old! (was my grandmothers and it has put in lots of miles) The new machines are really new fangled and you probably don't need all the bells and whistles unless you plan to make a career of it. Stores that sell machines should be able to tell you the advantages and disadvantages of various brands, makes and models. Sometimes a display model is set up to try out. Some machines will have more features than others. If it was me I'd get some nice features- like easy to make button holes but other features like computerized embroidery I wouldn't really care to have. And frequnetly a store will offer classes when you buy your machine to learn to use it. Anyway, once in awhile I drool over new sewing machines- but I don't sew enough to justify the purchase- if I bought one then I'd HAVE to sew more.

10-08-2006, 02:51 AM
A lot of smaller sewing machine stores will include a lesson on your new machine with purchase.

Also ring the manufacturer and ask them...

Pink Dandelion
10-08-2006, 05:36 AM
Sorry, can't help you with the site :shrug:

I will agree with newamy though, I have a Husqvarna Viking (http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us) machine and so does my sister. Mine's about 10 years old, her's about 6, neither have a ton of miles on them for their years, but I've never had a problem with them (well, no problem that wasn't my own fault ;) ) and I always hate it when I end up using someone else’s machine because I like my Viking so much :mrgreen:

It's not bouncy at all, feels real solid. I've even sewn with it on a card table with little vibration. Super easy to thread. The biggest drawback is that the specialty pressure feet for it are kind of expensive, and it takes it's own special bobbins.

You can get some nice basic Viking machines anywhere from $400-$800 (depending on where you buy it and which model you choose).

I have a very basic machine which my mother sewed my sisters wedding dress on (silk chiffon and satin, princess cut, french seams - the works) and I've sewn flower girl dresses, denim skirts, quilt tops and so on with it, and I've never needed more. I personally would probably avoid a machine with a digital panel/computer of any kind if you're not wanting a specialty machine, it's just more things to go out on you, and the electronic/computerized components always seem to die first on this kind of thing. But that's just a personal opinion.

10-08-2006, 09:47 AM

There is this site, but I think you have to pay to see certain forums, I haven't looked it over that much.

I picked up cheap a Reader's Digest "Complete Guide to Sewing" very cheap at a second-hand bookstore, I've got the 1977 version. I wouldn't be surprised if there is a "Sewing for Dummies" book too.


Also is there a home economics (or consumer sciences or whatever they call it nowadays) teacher you could contact for lessons?

Bernina sewing machines are very nice but incredibly pricey. My mom still uses the one she bought in 1976, although it doesn't have nearly the bells and whistles the ones today do. I have a New Home and I'm happy with it, but I haven't done a lot of sewing in a while.

10-08-2006, 10:27 AM
Another Viking fan here. My mom got me a basic one a couple of years ago, and for my needs, it'll probably be the only sewing machine I'll ever have. Unless I get more into quilting, then I might get a fancier one, but for now it works really great. Vikings are solidly built, which is why they cost a bit more. But honestly, it's a good investment. Sometimes, if you buy a cheaper one, you end up getting so frustrated with it and end up not sewing anymore.

10-08-2006, 11:06 AM
I have a 1962 Singer, inherited from DH's g-ma. I'll never give it up. You can find old Singers on eBay. My mother has a 30 year old Viking, my sister and I will fight over it when she's gone. :teehee: My daughter bought a White sewing machine two years ago at Joann's for around $200 and it's a nice little machine, lots of conveniences.

If you're going to buy a Singer, go with an older model. I was in the bookstore on Friday and saw tons of really great looking basic sewing books. Have fun sewing!

10-08-2006, 01:27 PM
I'm trying to make a sewing blog with tutorials and videos. I'm off to a slow start, but it's pretty much what I thought was missing from the sewing world. Something like this site, for sewers who really need the help.


I'm also planning on writing sections and such on my website: http://www.geocities.com/mclittledrink

So leave me some questions and I'll see what I can do. I'm trying so hard to improve it. I'm thinking having people out there who expect more from me will get more from me, so I will be prompted to make myself learn and teach others.

10-08-2006, 02:30 PM
If you hop over to the crafster.org forums, there is alot of info there. That is where I go for my sewing needs. :)

10-08-2006, 03:15 PM
There's also http://www.whatthecraft.com - she has a forum there, and the website is mostly for people who serge. I made a new forum too at http://diysewright.forumup.com

10-08-2006, 05:26 PM
Ya'll are some crafty folks!! :notworthy: :notworthy: