I want to learn to sew, but can't figure out what machine I should get, where to buy it, or what I should spend for a beginning machine.
One problem I have is that I've read somewhere on this forum that some of the cheaper machines by good brands aren't really the true quality that we'd expect from those brands because they are making machines to fit within a certain price range requested by the store selling it. Does that include Amazon? I have been looking at http://www.amazon.com/Brother-CP-6500-Computerized-Sewing-Machine/dp/B0039YOVRW/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1326695090&sr=8-9 but I don't know that it will be good quality because of where it would be purchased from.
Another problem I have is that I want to be sure to get a machine that can handle slightly tougher projects. I don't know what exactly I plan to do, but if I want to layer up some fabrics or hem/patch up (or maybe make a pair) of jeans, then I don't want a machine that can't handle it even with the proper needle/tension. I can't imagine me trying to work with anything tougher then denim though. Should I expect any machine to be able to do this, such as linked above, or will I have to hope I choose a machine that can do it?