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nospin
« on: February 13, 2008 03:33:50 PM »

I NEED HELP FAST =]

Somebody please contact me who knows about sewing machines. I need to buy a model right now, and i am not sure what one to get.

contact me on msn: yar_rk@hotmail.com

Or if you dont feel like contacting me then please post the differences between say

Electronic vs older non electronics

I need some good models and not just guidelines because i don't know anything about sewing machines. I really want to get a cheaper model regardless if its used or new. I want to sew some t-shirts out of regular cotton and some are going to be stretch cotton. What machine is going to give me the least amount of trouble to do so?

Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008 09:50:43 PM »

Electronic Machine
tend to have many more stitch functions along with more needle postion options

Older Machines
tend to be limited in their stitch functions/specialty stitches they also tend to weigh a lot more, but many of them are kept around for years.

I've had a vintage kenmore, and new model, and now have a janome...My kenmore is for sale if you check out

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« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008 11:19:22 PM »

do your research, don't just buy on a impulse or you'll be buying a new one within a year. that said, you will need a stretch stitch for stretch fabrics, otherwise your stitches will rip when fabric is stretched and a walking foot because it helps to reduce the slinky fabric from sliding by feeding both layers evenly.
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purple_angus
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2008 12:10:55 PM »

if you're looking for cheap machine, my best advice is to go to a store that sells sewing machines. there's one in my town... they sell high end machines too, but they also refurbish older machines and resell them. that way, you only pay a couple hundred dollars, but you know that everything works right. and the older machine might be better quality than a new one for the same price. AND the staff there can help you figure out which one will suit your needs.

i hope that helps.

ps. babylock brand is god.
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008 12:15:31 PM »

um. i don't know how i made all of that bolded. sorry.  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2008 01:46:47 PM »

i use a brother  ls-2125 .. I got it at wal mart for about 60$ I use it almost EVERY SINGLE DAY ( check my posts if you dont believe me  Wink ) Iv had it for 2 years and have never had one problem with it .. Ive sewn leather, jean, and vinyl several times and several layers thick .. with no trouble at all ... YOU DO NOT NEED TO SPEND A FORTUNE TO GET A GOOD MACHINE !!!! I have also recommended this model to other friends and craftsters who have said they are quite pleased with it ... good luck on what ever machine you choose

have a Happy V day  Cheesy
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2008 09:23:38 AM »

I have a Brother LS-30 that I bought for $55.  It has the most beautiful stitches I have ever seen, perfectly balanced straight and zig zag stitches, but that's all it does.

I also have a workhorse Viking Huskystar 219 that cost me $500 6 years ago.  I think an equivalent machine today would be about $250.  It has a one-step buttonhole -- INVALUABLE, I think -- and a stretch stitch, plus an overlocking stitch I use constantly and several decorative stitches I don't use as much.

The biggest difference is the Brother sews WAY fast, and you have to have some confidence/control to manage it.  I find I pin things more putting them through this machine because it's better than ripping out the seams.  The Viking was the machine I started sewing clothes on, and I think it's a better beginner machine because it has variable speed control.

I second the idea of going to a sewing machine dealer.  If nothing else, you get to check out the machines on the floor and see what you are comfortable with.  Bring some scrap fabrics to practice on.  Also, make a list of what you want to be able to do because the dealer can steer you to a machine that will grow with your abilities. 
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SpottedFrog
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008 08:48:22 PM »

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I need some good models and not just guidelines because i don't know anything about sewing machines
the problem with this question is: we don't know how you sew or what kind of experience you have with machines.

It's sort of like saying "I need to drive to Milwaukee, someone tell me what car to buy". Where are you driving from? do you want to get there in a hurry? can you drive a stick shift? Without knowing we can't offer anything beyond "Toyotas are really reliable". Camry, Accord or Tacoma are up to you.

Just like I wouldn't reccomend a Ferrari to someone who's had their learners permit for 3 days, I wrote up the guideline (in the Your First Machine thread) with as good a base of information as I could. Companies change model numbers and style names frequently, like every year, but will keep a line or series for a long time (like ten years).

Good luck, I hope you find one you like Smiley
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