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« on: November 02, 2016 09:43:08 PM »

I'm looking for a cheap sewing machine that will last at least 2 years.  I'm doing a huge move then, and will get rid of the machine rather than move it.

I've had my beloved Kenmore since 1972, but the reverse lever has broken off, and if I use the stretch stitch, it goes in reverse until I take off the top and wiggle something.  That makes sewing a chore instead of fun.  I can't fix it, took it to a repair place that didn't fix it.  Time to let go.

Recently, I bought the most expensive non-computerized machine at Walmart.  A Singer, about $110.  It lasted about a year, then locked up.  I'm good at fixing machines, but couldn't get this one apart enough to find the problem.  You can't even oil this piece of junk without taking the case apart.  Obviously designed to fail.  quickly.

So, any suggestions?   Huh

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« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2016 05:49:15 AM »

A friend bought a cheap Brother machine at WalMart a few years ago and loves it.  She sews quite a bit throughout the year.  Does anyone else have experience with one of these?
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« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2016 11:59:06 AM »

my local Walmart only has Singers, but Target has the "Brother International SM2700 Sewing Machine" for about $100.  The reviews look good until you notice that nearly all of them mention they got the machine free in exchange for a review.  How do I get on that program?

It occurs to me that I have two old Singers in the garage somewhere (under the pool table?) that I got on Freecycle.  As I recall, I got one working, maybe it would still work if I dug it out.  And I could give the other one away!
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