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Old 03-01-2013, 07:20 AM   #1
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Hey everyone! I was hoping for some advice. I recently made the decision to become a SAHM. I have always been interested in sewing, but have never used a machine. I used to hand sew clothes for my dolls as a kid and have hand sewn a few smaller items here and there. I was considering purchasing a sewing machine, but don't know where to start.

I don't want to get one that is really expensive or complicated, but I want one that will work well. Does anyone have any recommendations?

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I got a brother machine when my Singer machine bit the dust. I didn't have the money to get a fancy machine even though I do know how to sew. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20 This looks like a good machine. It is cheaper then I paid but it has less stitches then my machine.

Good luck and I hope this inspires a life long love of sewing!
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Thanks! I tried to research them on my own, but there are so many! I did find someone on Craigslist that has a like-new Singer Brilliance for $50, which seems like a good deal. I'm not really sure how it compares to the one you recommended though. I want something that will do a good job, but not have so many options that I can't figure it out!

I hope it inspires a lifelong love of sewing as well! I have always had an interest in sewing, but was too scared to get started. Hopefully I can teach myself!
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The singer could be good for you. I made this: http://www.ourunplannedlife.com/2013...nel-board.html in college and it killed my machine. I tried to get it repaired and the repair man laughed at me.

Needless to say, anything I think might be as thick as this, I don't make. It isn't worth it to me.
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The machines that sew the best, will last and won't cost a huge amount are vintage. Look for a used 50's or 60's machine on your local CL.
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The machines that sew the best, will last and won't cost a huge amount are vintage. Look for a used 50's or 60's machine on your local CL.
I agree with this! I am using my mom's Viking/Husqvarna from the 70's and it works like a dream! It is a total workhorse!
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The machines that sew the best, will last and won't cost a huge amount are vintage. Look for a used 50's or 60's machine on your local CL.
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Thanks for the advice! There are a TON of older machines on CL, but I just assumed that a newer one would be easier to use. Is any particular brand better?
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I've always heard vintage machines are best too. I'd love to learn to sew myself so I'm keeping an eye out for one.
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Thanks for the advice! There are a TON of older machines on CL, but I just assumed that a newer one would be easier to use. Is any particular brand better?
I don't know of any older brands that were total lemons. Singers and Kenmores are the ones you will likely find the most of, I believe they were the top sellers in the US during that time. Another advantage of those would be the ability to find parts or accessory if you need to.

I have a 1968 Kenmore 158 that is HEAVY(table model) and ugly(named The Hulk) but will sew through anything, 10 layers of heavy denim, no problem. In contrast my new to me, expensive(MSRP $2,500) Janome 6600 balks going over a seam with only 4 layers of quilting cotton.

My only suggestion is to look for a "zig zag" model. Many machines at the time were only straight stitch but they had special models that did both, you can do pretty much anything with those 2 stitches.
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