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Old 03-31-2013, 12:08 PM   #11
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Re: Best sewing machine to begin with

I've always used Singers and love them! Just got a new one as a gift off from Amazon.

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I'd honestly get a cheap, vintage ANYTHING off Craigslist over a cheap, crappy machine made today. Especially a Singer.
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Old 03-31-2013, 12:48 PM   #13
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And if you can spend between $400 and $500, I definitely recommend buying from a dealer.
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I've been very happy learning on my Brother CS-6000i. Reviews are excellent on Amazon. If I had it to do over again, I would probably look into which dealers were in my area first. I want to get my machine cleaned now that I've had it almost a year, but the nearest Brother place is an hour away.
I also started with the Brother CS-6000i and love it. It's easy, with great instructions and there are a few YouTube videos of how to use this specific machine, which saved my life!
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Another vote for going to your local sewing store. They will be super helpful, classes and fix any issues you may have with usually no charge by just taking a look and offering advice

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Another vote for going to your local sewing store. They will be super helpful, classes and fix any issues you may have with usually no charge by just taking a look and offering advice

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Old 03-31-2013, 04:19 PM   #17
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And buy with a credit card. Usually extends your warranty by a year or two!
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Re: Best sewing machine to begin with

Sewing store is a great place to start. Check out a couple if you can, though, because they are sort of like car dealerships - they all have a brand that they focus on. I, personally, am a big fan of Juki machines. However, Janome, Babylock, and Bernina all make good machines.

Brother is hit or miss. I have a PC-420 that I like, but I don't love it, and I wouldn't recommend it as a first machine.

Finally, when you buy a machine, it's easy to get drawn in by a machine that does 400 stitches and whatnot. Odds are, you'll use about 3 of them. If you want to make clothes, an automatic buttonhole feature is pretty handy, but aside from that, you really just need the basics. You'll get a much better machine if you spend $200 on a machine that does 10 things than if you spend $300 on a machine that does 200 things. If and when you're ready for a machine that can do all the other cool stuff, you'll know what you want right away.
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Oh! You can also haggle on price at a dealer. Just like with cars!
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