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« on: March 30, 2010 03:50:19 PM »

So I know this isnt really the proper board for this post, but I know that this one is more frequently visited and I need feedback ASAP

Im pregnant in my second trimester and rapidly outgrowing my clothes, so I need a new sewing machine like NOW

[needle broke on my ancient cast-iron vintage hand-me-down singer, plus it had a whole other host of problems and was never really able to complete a satisfactory project without major trial, error and frustration, so I figured I deserve something a little more modern. just didn't feel like going through the effort to refurbish it, don't want to deal with it anymore.]

My price range is under $90 , preferably under $85 or $80. I pretty much just want to sew simple, comfortable spring/summertime dresses, so I don't need anything industrial or fancy. just something that sews.

I'm not super experienced with machines but I know enough, I'm actually better at hand-sewing.

Anyway, the main two I am looking at are:

#1: Brother LS2125I 10-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Automatic 4-Step Buttonholer http://www.amazon.com/Brother-LS2125I-10-Stitch-Automatic-Buttonholer/dp/B000EOX28E/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269988965&sr=8-2


#2: Brother XL2600I 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Multiple Stitch Functions
http://www.amazon.com/Brother-XL2600I-25-Stitch-Free-Arm-Functions/dp/B000F7DPEQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269989024&sr=8-3

I'm also considering a mini-sew, and holding out on a bigger one until my wedding in june, since I registered for both of those brothers and my parents have expressed desire to get me a sewing machine. [especially since they are much cheaper] But I don't know what the general feedback on those are? These are the mini-sews I'm looking at:

#1: Michley LSS-202 Lil' Sew & Sew Mini 2-Speed Sewing Machine
http://www.amazon.com/Michley-LSS-202-2-Speed-Sewing-Machine/dp/B0021L931S/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269989024&sr=8-4

#2: Michley LSS-208 Lil' Sew & Sew Mini 2-Speed Sewing Machine
http://www.amazon.com/Michley-LSS-208-2-Speed-Sewing-Machine/dp/B001UIIRO2/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269989217&sr=8-17

Also considering these:

#1: Singer LockStitch 2000 Sewing Machine
http://www.amazon.com/Singer-LockStitch-2000-Sewing-Machine/dp/B000JD5B4S/ref=sr_1_27?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269989217&sr=8-27

#2: Singer Portable Sewing Machine - 2250
http://www.amazon.com/Singer-Portable-Sewing-Machine-2250/dp/B0018KVLYK/ref=sr_1_28?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1269989217&sr=8-28


Feedback will be much appreciated. I'd really like to have one ordered by the end of this week, because I am rapidly outgrowing my clothes and if you've ever been pregnant, I'm sure you understand that tight jeans are massively uncomfortable and can be dangerous.

Thankyou!

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2010 08:38:38 PM »

My recommendation is to, no matter what, NOT get a mini-sew anything. I never used one but from what I heard you outgrow them very quickly...and usually they're not built sturdily enough.
Go as expensive as you can, and simple but sturdy makes for better sewing. You only really need straight stitch with length regulator, 1 or 2 zig zag stitches and a buttonhole to make pretty much everything. Both Singer and Brother are easy to find accessories for, never heard of Mishley or what's it called.

Good luck, best wishes and congrats on baby and wedding Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2010 08:52:13 PM »

I have and brother LS-2125i and so far so good Smiley I got it for Christmas a couple years ago as my first sewing machine so it didn't need to be fancy for me. I've had it since 06 and it's worked well for me so far. Sometimes it likes to eat my thread but I think that's more my error than the machine's. I does basic stitches, zig zag, and buttons and zippers but I haven't tried or figured out the last two yet.
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« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010 11:45:49 PM »

Stay away from minis.  You don't want to spend, let's say $25 (to say something) only to discover ten minutes after the purchase that you cannot sew anything at all.  That's only $25 wasted, you still haven't been able to do anything, and you've wasted time as well.
I have used them, several models.  I'd rather sew all my clothing by hand rather than spend a penny on one.
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