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Old 07-24-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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Howdy ladies!! I'm wanting to take up sewing (never touched a sewing machine in my life and have only hand stitched a few buttons here and there). DH is going with me on this (although he's quite skeptical) and has agreed to purchase me my very 1st sewing machine for my birthday. My mom is gonna teach me the basics and I plan to take a new owners class too. So for all you experts out there, can you recommend a good machine for under $150. What should I look for?? I can't wait to try out Katrina's fleece soaker pattern!! TIA mamas!!

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Old 07-24-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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I got a Shark Euro Pro for 75 at Targets. IMO its a good beginning machine as it has less options then a more expensive (erego less chance of getting confused with wth u are doing).
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:45 AM   #3
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I have a brother that i got from walmart for $90 or so. It's served me well I'm ready to move on to a serger almost but for now I'm happy with it.

For fabric, try thrift stores! You can usually buy things like a huge flannel sheet for $2 which gives you tons of fabric to work with. You can also practice with different kinds of fabric from the remnant bins in the fabric stores. Don't bother with patterns and expensive fabric for the first while, and don't feel bad if you throw tons of projects out. That's how you learn
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Old 07-24-2008, 11:49 AM   #4
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I have a brother that i got from walmart for $90 or so. It's served me well I'm ready to move on to a serger almost but for now I'm happy with it.

For fabric, try thrift stores! You can usually buy things like a huge flannel sheet for $2 which gives you tons of fabric to work with. You can also practice with different kinds of fabric from the remnant bins in the fabric stores. Don't bother with patterns and expensive fabric for the first while, and don't feel bad if you throw tons of projects out. That's how you learn
They also generally have a table of fabric at wal-mart for around $1.00/yard. Start with basic stuff (pillowcase dresses are good!). Good luck! You'll be addicted to fabric soon!
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I highly reccommend the Brother machines for a beginner. You can get a decent one at walmart.
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That's what I have... excellent beginner machine and for any "light" sewing.
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I've got a brother too, it's my 3rd machine(all brothers)
They're good for light (in duty and weight) projects.
2 of them were under 100$..
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Old 07-24-2008, 01:03 PM   #8
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I have the Singer Simple. I love it! I use it in conjunction with my Serger now but for the longest time it was my only machine. They sell for about $100.00.

It is what it says it is...simple. Basic stitches and it can do buttonholes etc.

ETA: This is the machine I have

http://www.allbrands.com/products/ab...ogle&ovtac=CMP

They also carry it at Wal-Mart.

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I bought this one when it was on sell at amazon with free shipping only $124. It is super easy, has an automatic feeder, a twin needle for what I call "mock serging" for my contour diapers that I make & a whole lot of fancy stitches that I haven't even tried. It came the very next day after I ordered. I was thoroughly impressed.
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I bought this one when it was on sell at amazon with free shipping only $124. It is super easy, has an automatic feeder, a twin needle for what I call "mock serging" for my contour diapers that I make & a whole lot of fancy stitches that I haven't even tried. It came the very next day after I ordered. I was thoroughly impressed.
Which one mama??
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