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Old 06-28-2007, 11:25 PM   #1
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I am looking to buy a sewing machine. I would like something moderately priced. Any advice as to brands or even specific models? Thanks!
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Old 06-28-2007, 11:48 PM   #2
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Oh boy.. so many to choose from! There are a lot of good machines out there. I love my Janome though.

When you say "moderately priced", how moderate? Less than say, $500? Or $1000? $3000? There's a huge range of machines everywhere from $150 to $10000.

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Old 06-28-2007, 11:54 PM   #3
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i was thinking in the 100-200 price range
I am a beginner, for sure
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Old 06-29-2007, 05:48 AM   #4
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I recommend 'Brother' I have a 'Brother super ace 3', and it's S***t hot, but I do do a LOT of sewing, (See signature). At a college course I went to they all had the basic Brother model, and they went through some hard times with those students yet never failed. They are very robust. You can pick up a 'Brother' from $135 - well a lot for the top of the range.

The basic one's come with a good amount of stitches on them and I think for a beginner you couldn't ask for a stronger more forgiving machine.

Make sure when you get it, you get a couple of lessons. The shop I got mine from gave out a free hour's lesson. I know a few shops do that but I don't know about the US (which where I assume you are?)

So what kind of things are you planning to sew? I love sewing it's my first love, I taught myself from scratch on an antique 'Singer'! If you ever get stuck let me know, I'd be happy to help.
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:42 AM   #5
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Hi dovery,
Nice to meet you..That's great you are a beginner sewer. I've been sewing since I was in Jr. HS & made my first "gathered skirt". LOL. I actualkly leanred on my mother's 1040's Singer machine & in 1969 (the yr I got engaged to the man I've been married to for 37 yrs!) he gave me a White sewing machine for Christmas. I used that machine for everything...and in 2001, he bought me the top of the lline Husqvarna Viking. White & Viking are under the same ownership now & they have wonderful machines for all purposes. I don't know much about Brother, but from reading comments made on other bulletin boards, it is a great machine..What type of sewing are you interested in? Some gals like to sew apparel & of course there is home decorating. They also have machines that do have embroidery capabilities.
Good luck researching & let us know what you decided on!
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:47 AM   #6
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I have a Singer Simple - it was around $100 and it serves. I'm a beginner as well so I didn't want to spend too much and regret it.

I think going with something in the $100-200 range is a good idea for a beginner - anything cheaper and you're not going to get what you need most likely, anything more expensive and you may get more than you wanted lol.

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If you want a machine that will last you and give you good service, get a reconditioned Bernina. The dealers have great buys and the warranty will be a plus. Also there's so many good things about using Bernina products.

I have been sewing since I was 5 .. (40 years of professional work) and have used Singers, etc. In our 4-H club we used various machines. I had 2 Singers before the Berninas and you would be amazed at the difference.

I have been a professional tailor (brides, handmade beading, dance costumes, twirler competition uniforms and cheerleader/dance team uniforms. So I do have a lot of experience and lots of mileage on the machines.

Brother has a *poor* repair history. .... Singer does not have the quality control they once had.

Google a Bernina dealer in your area and go talk to them. I got a great warranteed, reconditioned machine for my beloved daughter-in-law and got it for $495. Along with additional treats for her enjoyment.

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i've had a Pfaff sewing machine for over thirty years and i've been very happy with it,had no trouble with it and i have done a lot of sewing ,i use to do all the kids sewing,make curtains,heming all the stuff you do, sewing is my first passion.
I'm making things on it still after all those years.
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