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« on: May 18, 2010 09:08:24 PM »

I'm looking into buying a sewing machine, although I've only used one once. It was in Middle school... I made a sweat shirt that was pretty awesome if I do say so myself.

Crusing on here I really want to make some summer dresses, but I am without a machine. My mom told me its best to get a used one. Anyone in the New York City area know a good place to pick it up?
or even somewhere online? I heard rumors... <_< >_> that I could buy some good ones for $75?
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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2010 01:01:00 PM »

Buying locally in NYC is problematic.  There are virtually no dealers left, but if your neighborhood has one, by all means check it out.  They may have a trade-in.  See if they give lessons too.  There are a couple of dealers on Route 17 in Paramus if you have a way of getting there.  Be prepared to bargain.

You can get a NEW Janome 7306 6 Stitch Magnolia Basic Freearm Mechanical Sewing Machine  for $100 at Allbrands.com.  (I've bought two machines from Allbrands.  Their prices and customer service are excellent.) 

Buying off Craigslist or posting a request on Freecycle might also be somewhere to look for a bargain on a used machine.  When buying used, stick to Kenmore, Pfaff, Viking, Elna or Bernina.  Stay away from Singer machines made during the 1980s-1990s; they were made of nylon and plastic and worthless. 

Don't ever buy  a so-called  "vintage" machine for anything more than $120, unless it is a top-of-the-line Bernina with all the parts INCLUDING THE MANUAL! and you have test-driven it yourself. 

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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2010 09:35:43 PM »

ooo thats a lot of useful information! Thanks a lot!

My mom says she has an old machine that was my grandmothers, but its in Missouri. What's the best way to ship a sowing machine halfway across the country?
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2010 07:49:17 PM »

When buying used, stick to Kenmore, Pfaff, Viking, Elna or Bernina.  Stay away from Singer machines made during the 1980s-1990s; they were made of nylon and plastic and worthless. 
Or Necchi!  Don't forget Necchi!  I got used-but-not-all-that-old Necchi (it wasn't made in Italy, it was made in Taiwan, so it's not *that* old, but I don't know how old it is, it's hard to find info on it.  No model name or number on it, just says "Necchi" "Heavy Duty" "Made in Taiwan" and a serial number.  Googling for "heavy duty necchi" is unhelpful because they're all listed as heavy duty.  Mine is just.. more so.) from a dealer for $75 a few years ago.  It sews right through six layers of leather without complaint.  It's a totally awesome machine.  And it's the older ones (made in Italy) that people really rave about!
When looking for used machines, never forget Necchi!
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2010 07:04:32 AM »

UPS will wrap and ship sewing machines for about $35.  (I've done it three times to get factory repair for my machines.)
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2010 09:13:10 PM »

hmmm I will certainly think about it! thanks for the help guys
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