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« on: March 16, 2010 06:18:02 PM »

Hi any can help me decide what is the best sewing machine to buy that are capable of different kind of cloth. Either is cotton or silk. Any idea will be much appreciated .. Than you.
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2010 07:05:54 PM »

hey here is my 2 cents (for what its worth) I LOVE LOVE LOVE MY 1964 SINGER. it sews through anything & everything!!!& i use it all the time. i bought a singer simplicity SSSUUUCCCKKEEDDD!!! i went with a singer facilita (because of cost & couldn't give up on singer) it does rather well.  but i'm extreamly partial to my 64 I've had it 15 years. & i've learned everything on it. plus the ALL METAL construction, no broken parts (knock on wood), it's quieter & smoother. 
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2010 07:33:32 PM »

For different varieties of fabric, you will want a sewing machine w/ adjustable presser foot pressure. You want to be able to set these settings yourself to accommodate the various fabric types you want to sew.

In regards to models and brands, this is something you'll want to test out as much as possible at a dealer. I just ordered a machine from the US (I live in S. Korea) and I am trying to bond w/ it but I don't know if we're clicking so it might be returned. If you have access to a variety of machines to try them out, I would do it.

I also am realizing I am more partial to mechanical and/or vintage machines that are well built. I prefer thinking for myself at the machine vs. pushing buttons and letting the computer do all the work. I am also strictly a garment sewer and my needs for that don't require fancy stitches. You will want to think about what kind of sewing you're planning to do on your new machine.

Using the correct needle for your machine is also very important. Be sure you read up on that topic.

Take your time finding a machine, it's something you will probably want for a very long time and it could be a long process. Sometimes even with lots of research you still might not bond with it (like me and my Janome Threadbanger!). Good luck in your hunt.
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« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2010 11:47:23 AM »

Thanks for your sharing so much :x
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« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2010 04:37:50 PM »

I found my Singer Slant-o-matic 401a at a garage sale for 20 bucks. Turns out they go for a couple hundred on ebay.  I love this machine and my fiancee uses the same exact one (yup turns out we are sewing machine soul mates  Grin). We both love the old machines, built with all metal parts that will out last several generations as long as they are cared for. If anything ever happened to my machine I would look to repair it first, then if that wasn't possible for another just like it before going with a modern plastic machine. That's just my personal 2 cents though.
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« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2010 10:28:55 AM »

ming brings up a lot of good points.  I would go to several dealers and try some out.  At the very least, doing that will help you to figure out what you like and what you don't, what you need and what you don't....and of course, all those "silly" things that are nice to have.  It also helps to do a cost comparison too I think.

I love the machine i got about 2 years ago that has the needle threader and drop-in bobbin....all my machines will have that from now on, but I definitely would not have figured that out unless I tested them out at dealers first (heck...I didn't even know there were machines with these functions! LOL)
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