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Old 07-24-2008, 01:25 PM   #11
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I was eyeing this one: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=8798084 but a lady at Joanne's suggested this one: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...DID=xprd623999 There are so many options out there (like with CDing ), it's easy to get overwhelmed with the choices.

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Old 07-24-2008, 01:33 PM   #12
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Oopsy!!!! Meant to paste the link. Guess I didn't get around to it!

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Old 07-24-2008, 01:47 PM   #13
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[QUOTE=tristens1mom;4262323]Oopsy!!!! Meant to paste the link. Guess I didn't get around to it!

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS.../chrisficti-20

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Old 07-24-2008, 03:37 PM   #14
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I have a Kenmore that I got from Sear for $110. Basic stitches can buttonhole (though I've never tried it) and has a zipper foot too. Works for me!
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Old 07-24-2008, 03:47 PM   #15
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I have a basic Singer machine, I forget the name of it, (it was 129 at Target and its one model up from the Simple one....) It has about 60 stitch functions for regular and stretch fabrics, its self threading (through the needle, you have to wind up and down first) and has an automatic button holer which is AWESOME. It handles denim and works well for the "housewife" projects that I do!
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Old 07-24-2008, 06:12 PM   #16
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I've been sewing since I was very small. I started on my mom's Kenmore and moved up to what I thought was a fancy Singer when I was older. My mom bought a Pfaff embroidery machine 10 years ago and that's when I learned what a really nice machine was like. I started saving and got my own (without the embroidery) a few years later. It is head and shoulders superior to the machines I grew up using. Most of my frustrations with sewing came from working with those lesser machines.

If I were starting over, I'd look at used high end machines. Brands like Elna, Pfaff and Bernina are really good machines that last longer than the machines you'll find at Walmart or Target. I would check at a dealership to see what used machines they have on hand. Sewing machines should last at least 25 years, so something that's 10+ years old will be inexpensive with lots of life left in it. If you decide sewing is not for you, you can easily get back what you paid for it when you resell it.

Oh, and never fall for that "sewing school machine" ruse. This is a common sales tactic to sell you a bottom of the line machine for regular retail price. Good dealers don't do this, but you may get flyers from Hancock Fabrics or Joann's that tell you about the overstock of used machines from a sewing school.

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Old 07-24-2008, 07:21 PM   #17
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I have a Kenmore and love it. I got one with quite a few stitches for $175, but you can get one with fewer options for quite a bit less that does the job.

Kenmore and Brother are also both written up well in Consumer Reports. HTH
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Check out overstock.com you can get great machines for cheap!
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I highly recommend the older heavy duty metal SINGER...they were just made better way back when! In my opinion...HAVE FUN!
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Old 07-24-2008, 08:30 PM   #20
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If you can, you might want to check out your local sewing machine repair shop. They usually have good and reasonably used machines that people have traded up with. They are better priced then the newer machines and have probably been tuned and oiled for you. Some shops will even give you a guarantee with them.
It's just a thought of one way to get more for your money.
Many of the tried and true machines will be better and last longer then the newer ones.
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