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My friend's BF has already decided he's buying her a sewing machine for Christmas. He's open to spending up to $250, but would be happy to spend less. She is not an experienced seamstress (but is vaguely familiar with sewing) and doesn't anticipate sewing a ton. She has a spare room where it can be left set up. The biggest thing her BF is looking for is reliability. He'd rather spend closer to his top budget if its going to be a better machine, you know?

I suggested the machine I have, the Viking Huskystar E20. I got a steal on it used, but the lady from the Viking store said they usually retail around $250, include a beginner class and have a warranty. He's pretty pleased with that idea, but at the same time, it's probably more machine than she needs. Any other suggestions?

ETA: he'd prefer to purchase new and from a B&M store.

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I don't know how the Emerald's compare but the 116 is the most basic and very simple to use but it retails for around $300. It's well worth it in my opinion. My Vikings have lasted forever and are great to learn on.
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Re: BFF's BF is looking for suggestions

Brother ES2000 77 Stitch Function Computerized Free Arm Sewing Machine

This is what I have, it was a gift from my aunt. I love it, it was really easy to learn to use, and it's light weight so I can take it with me to my mom's house.
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Re: BFF's BF is looking for suggestions

I got the project runway edition of the brother machine and it's great. It was around $150, I think.
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Re: BFF's BF is looking for suggestions

If he's open to buying used, he should go that route. He could probably get a much better machine for his top price than he would be able to get buying new. So many people take up sewing and decide to quit that there are always sewing machines for sale out there. If he sees one, he can look up reviews online and then ask to see the owner sew on it when he picks it up. Don't know if he'd want to give his gf a used present, but it might be way better than if it was new. I personally have a Kenmore that I got free on the side of the road it it works just fine.
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