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lucastheboo
« on: December 06, 2007 10:30:28 AM »

I'm getting a sewing machine for x-mas and was wondering if anyone has used this model. I really know nothing about them, other than it would make sewing alot easier than doing it by hand (after I learn to use it of course) I'll include the link to wal-mart so you can see a picture, a review would be swell.

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=4698205
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2007 07:04:40 PM »

Are you looking at Wal-mart because of your budget? Don't sell yourself short!

I tell everyone looking for a new machine the same thing- go sew on a bunch of machines! Friends, schools, old ladies from church, new machines at a fabric store & a sewing machine specific place if your town has one- try them all.

Learning to sew is a bit like learning to drive, sure it's great if you get to practice on a new Mercedez, but trying to learn on a '79 Pinto is going to work against you. Just sampling you will find some machines feel better to you. This in itself will give you a better idea of what you want to learn on.

There are a number of brands/ machines that are just as good used & 25 years old. Likewise there are machines that are crap brand new on the store shelves.

Janome makes a number of very reasonably priced ($79 on sale-$149 US) good, basic machines that are available through most Hancock's & Jo-Ann's stores. I just got a fancy schmancy new Janome Professional for Christmas, you don't want to know how how much...
Most Singers over 15 years old are very reliable and often under $50. New Singers are up for debate.
Any Bernina. Note: Bernina are Swiss, like Rolex, and pretty much the Rolex of sewing machines Smiley don't die of sticker shock.
Brother: many feel their low end machines aren't worth much, but the higher end/ more complicated ones are very good, as are the much older models. Like Singer the company has changed, where the machines are manufactured, etc. This has affected quality to a certain extent. YMMV
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2007 05:47:02 PM »

I get a discount for working at walmart, but I'd buy elsewhere for one that is good to use.
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