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« on: October 05, 2009 09:22:11 AM »

While I absolutely love sewing (bags n' clothes n' what-have-yous), I've yet to purchase my own machine. I have full use of my upper body as my situation is the result of an old spinal cord injury (t3). I'm pretty sure I could use my elbow with a foot-operated model but that seems like it would be rather awkward and irritating after a little bit. I've always done all of my sewing by hand and I'd really like to upgrade so I can finish my projects quicker. I guess I'm impatient. 

So my question is this: What would be a quality starter machine for someone who'd rather not have to operate it by pedal? I guess it doesn't have to be a beginner machine but I figure that would probably be the way to go since I've never actually used one that wasn't a hand held model (which was comprised of pure EVIL). I do learn quite quickly though, so if there's a complicated one you'd like to suggest then I'm all for that too. Quality is certainly a factor.. I'd hate to get one I could use easily only to explode it in my enthusiasm  Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2009 12:49:47 PM »

What about converting a machiine to hand crank?
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« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2009 01:24:34 PM »

Yeah, I was thinking about something like that. I found one that's operated with a "bytestick" or something similar sounding but I can't actually find anywhere to buy it from. I'm looking at a singer 1507, so I might just go ahead and do the elbow thing. Guess I'm just trying to see what my options are. Thanks for the reply.
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« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2009 05:27:52 PM »

I'm not sure what the best machine would be for you to start with, but I was just re-reading this post the other day: Brother SE-350 (sponsored content).  That machine has a button on it that controls it and it was found quite useful.

So, I don't have a specific machine to suggest, but at least we know that a pedal-less machine exists. ^_^
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2009 02:59:53 AM »

That's very intriguing, thanks so much! I'll definitely have to do some more research on that. It looks promising  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: October 07, 2009 03:52:07 AM »

There are plenty of electronic machines with a start/stop button right on the machine.Janome, brother, babylock- just to name a few brands that have such models.

It would also be possible to wire up a sliding or rotating switch to a variety of mechanical machines to give you variable speed control simply by placing the switch on the table top where it is convenient for you. 
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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2009 06:40:33 PM »

Thanks Sew-Classic. I figured there were probably others out there somewhere, I just haven't been able to find them. The variable speed switch is something I've been thinking about, I'm just not real sure how I'd go about making one. I'll probably enlist my fiance and his technical abilities to look into this for me Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2009 05:42:24 PM »

Look into a Bernina - the 430 and the 440 have a speed control slider on the front of the machine, as well as a start/stop button. Similarly, an older Bernina might have that - and I have heard nothing but good things of their quality. As an aside, though, these machines really are not cheap at ALL.
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« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2009 08:59:30 PM »

...Wow! Well, those basically look like a dream. Who wants to donate one to me?   Embarrassed

As far as reality goes, does anyone have any complaints on the brother 6000i? For being a cheaper plasticy new machine, it looks pretty decent to me.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2009 10:57:51 PM »

I had a demo on a Viking machine that was all controlled by hand, just a few weeks ago. It was a pricey model at about $1k, but the woman was making a point about how she was "sewing with her hands." There was a start/stop button on the arm, and it had auto tension and 'knots' and all kinds of neat features.
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