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« on: July 16, 2006 12:30:36 AM »

Okay, just dreaming, but I would REALLY love to get a new sewing machine.  Right now my mom and I share a Singer she got new when I was in high school when her old machine finally bit the bullet.  That machine (I want to say it was a Sears) was wonderful, solid metal and reliable until it was like 30 years old!  The Singer...well it's had tension issues from early on.  I hardly use it because I never have the time or inclanation to fiddle with the tension.

So, I ask, what's a good brand to aim for?  My ex boyfriend's mom got a Brother but then we broke up before I could find out if she liked it.

Thanks in advance!

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« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2006 07:01:34 AM »

I love my pfaff.  It's rock solid, and it can sew through anything!  At first, the dealer got me to purchase a Babylock Decorator's choice.  A computerized machine with tons of dazzle-you features and it looks really cool.  But when I got it home and tried to sew through only 2 layers of LIGHT weight corduroy, it just did NOT perform.  I suspect that this machine is great if you only sew callico fabrics.  For the rest of your life!  Which is not me by any means.  Back to the drawing board. Luckily, the dealer I bought from has an exchange policy and a trade-up policy.  (I actually traded down, but they were accomodating)
  After some more research, I decided on the Pfaff. It is like a professional machine- doesn't look very cool, not computerized, it doesn't even have a top drop in bobbin. But it ROCKS!  It sews through anything I put in front of it, and the all-the-time-built-in-waling-foot is a MUST!  Couldn't live without it!  (can you tell I'm excited?)
  What machine to buy depends largly on the type of sewing you do.  Research the machines and their performance while doing the tasks you'll be doing the most. This site is helpfull: 
http://sewing.patternreview.com/

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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2006 08:58:54 PM »

i would get a pfaff, too, if my favorite brother goes kaput on me, i've heard nothing but good things about them!  Grin  i have a brother XL 6452, i got (i think) 5+ years ago..i LOVE it!  with a size 16 or 18 needle, it sews through cords, canvas, etc up to a 1/4 layer of material-my macho workhorse. Grin  i also have an SE 270D (walmart version of the brother PE machines)..it embroiders like a dream..but it's crap sewing anything thick (like going over a seam  Roll Eyes ), i got an industrial this year for valentine's day..but i still don't use it as much as i do the XL.  i heard the janome machines are good, too..and if you get lucky enough to get those singer machines they use at sewing schools, they're pretty good, too..my bestfriend's mom has one..and that baby does well, too.

good luck in your..quest.  Cheesy
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