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Old 03-15-2013, 10:55 AM   #1
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Hi crafty/super talented gals.

Looking into some input on easy to manage sewing machines. TBH sewing looks extremely overwhelming to me since I am NOT CRAFTY whatsoever! But I would love to learn or at least give it a whirl. Maybe I can even manage to make new pillows for the living room . Any suggestions on where to start?

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Old 03-15-2013, 01:11 PM   #2
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The best advice I can give is to find a local dealer & buy from them. They will give you lessons showing you how to use the machine. I've been sewing since I was 10 & still have learned a ton in my machine owners class.

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Old 03-22-2013, 04:18 PM   #3
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The best advice I can give is to find a local dealer & buy from them. They will give you lessons showing you how to use the machine. I've been sewing since I was 10 & still have learned a ton in my machine owners class.

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I agree. That's what I did when I got my first one you'll be able try them out and they can give you a lot more helpful information. I can tell you, the first machine I bought was a janome DC1050. It has all the stitches I'll ever need for basic crafts/sewing and is really simply to use. I have never had any issues with it.
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I agree for a new sewer. A $500 or less janome would be a great starter.

If you are a good self learner, can learn by tail and error, or can learn from YouTube and blogs, you can start with something cheap to try the hobby out and upgrade if you grow out of your machine. Lots of people are very happy with their $100-200 brother sewing machines from Walmart and amazon. It really depends on how you want to learn and your budget for doing so.
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I just started sewing and got the 150$ janome off amazon and I love it. It was very simple to figure out
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Old 03-23-2013, 08:21 AM   #6
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I love my Brother SE400. Bought it at Walmart. It does an amazing amount of stitches and simple embroidery. The manual is excellent AND it cost less than $200. This was my upgrade machine from a very simple Singer and I couldn't be more happy. I've sewn clothes, blankets, buttons, button holes, appliqué, quilts...lots! My next machine will be an actual "quilting" machine but holy moly those are e-x-p-e-n-s-i-v-e!
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Re: Best sewing machine to begin with

I've also been looking at getting a sewing machine. I think I've decided on a brother that I'll get from Target with gift cards.
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Honestly, I HATED my cheap Brother that I bought at Walmart. I was convinced that I "couldn't" sew. I was wrong. It was that my machine completely sucked.

Worth every penny to shell out $200 for a low end high quality machine. I've since upgraded, twice, but I still miss my $200 Janome. It was a dream machine and gave me the confidence to really tackle sewing.
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Re: Best sewing machine to begin with

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.
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I agree for a new sewer. A $500 or less janome would be a great starter.
This for sure! Janome makes some great quality machines made with quality metal parts, and comes with a ton of accessories that cheaper machines don't have. They are WELL WORTH THE PRICE!

Whatever you do DON'T waste your money on a cheap brother. They are basically disposable machines and you will quickly find out that servicing them costs MORE than the machine itself. I always spent more time fidgeting with the machine that I did actually sewing. I thought I was just a terrible seamstress. I bought a better machine and TA da! Who knew I actually had a bit of talent?,

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