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« on: March 25, 2007 10:53:03 AM »

I'm dying to sew, but can't justify buying a full on machine this late in the game.

Anyone know where I can get some cheapy kids machines in Tokyo?
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2007 06:57:24 PM »

Hello !

I understand how you feel about buying a good sewing machine in Tokyo as they are very expensive - but there are very good simple models (no embroidery stitches and other fancy stuff)  of electric sewing machines available that you can buy for about 100$  - "cheap" kids machines would probably cost about the same or a teeny tiny bit less.

I would suggest that you visit a local craft shop (most of them have sewing machines on display - usually high tech ones) in any of the large department stores in Tokyo or a crafting department store (Shinjuku or in Ikebukuro - sorry the names of the stores are not committed to memory - I live in Aomori and I just surf the net for shops if I am going down to Tokyo for a bit). They can help you out with your choice if you give your preferred price range. If they don't have it on display they can help you order it and when it arrives (you either pick it up or have it delivered). If you pick it up at their shop they may even be able to help you set it up and teach you how to use it before you bring it home.

Although some of the stores selling electric appliances also carry sewing machines (Bic Camera, Yamada Denki e.g.) but they will not be able to teach you well on how to use it).

If you don't speak Japanese - bring a Japanese friend to help you out.

I hope that helps - happy sewing. Smiley

PS check out YUZAWAYA store - they have 3 stores in Tokyo (Kamata, Machida and Kichijiyoji) - the website url is (list of stores is listed on the right panel and is clickable for the maps and floor guides)

http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A//www.yuzawaya.co.jp/information/mise_fu.html&hl=en&langpair=ja
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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2007 04:18:01 PM »

Don't know if you have a meitetsu department store within reach but they currently have the Toyota QB on sale for 18000Y ( http://64.233.179.104/translate_c?hl=en&u=http://www.aisin-alp.co.jp/homelife/shopping/qb300c/qb300c.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dtoyota%2BQB300%26hl%3Den - I've seen it online for less than 14000, grr!). It's a boxy little thing and has a start-stop button instead of a pedal, but I got one!
I have good experiences of toyota machines, my RA series has seen 10 years heavy service and survived shipping 5000 miles, several moves, and being stored in a damp shed by my idiot ex-stepdad. If i hadn't lost the pedal it would still be going strong!
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