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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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Old 06-29-2007, 09:43 AM   #7
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I would recommend a Brother before a Singer. I have a little Singer Featherweight II (not the classic old black machine, this is a "new" Featherweight) and have always had issues with it. Sooo frustrating!

Also, before you go buy retail, check Craigslist in your area or the classifieds in your paper. Sewing machines are often in the classifieds and you can get a great deal. I bought my Janome through Craigslist. It's a $3000 machine, I paid $400. You may get more machine than you know what to do with, but that's a good thing!
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:08 AM   #8
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Believe it or not, I recommend Kenmore (from Sears) if you're in the US. I learned on a 30yo Kenmore, and I've had mine now for about 10 years. Never had a problem with either one!
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Old 06-29-2007, 11:19 AM   #9
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I agree with hunterjenn- my new kenmore (about $200) is a workhorse! I took a sewing class at my local JoAnns trying to get my old machine up and running, and the kenmore is what she recommended for a beginner. it does everything I could possible need for the projects I want to do. It came with all the appropriate presser feet for zippers, button holes, and blind hems.

I knew I didn't need 1800 stitch settings or computerized free quilting/ embroidery patterns and all that lovely stuff, b/c it is so unlikely I'll ever get that good. And if I do, I'll buy one then.

And believe it or not, kenmore and Janome are made by the same manufacturers.... (according to my class teacher).

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Thanks guys! I want the machine to alter clothes, make various projects, and maybe make curtains one day! I went to a Joann's but I didn't get very good information from the sales lady. She was under commision for Viking and basically trashed all the other brands.
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