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SpottedFrog
« Reply #600 on: April 15, 2008 07:52:12 PM »

overstock.com? There's a REASON they are overstocked on some things. :/

I'm a broken record with this: go sew on one. seriously, you won't know if you like it unless you sit down & try it. If you can't find one near you it's not likely you'll find service for it near you either.


Sewing machines are not microwaves where you push a couple buttons & it does it's thing. They are more like cars, yeah they all can get you from point A to point B, but you might be a Mini Cooper girl where I'm a Chevy Tahoe girl, does that help? It's the subtleties of how you interact with the machine that make you like or dislike one model over another- you can't find that out from stats on a page.
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« Reply #601 on: April 16, 2008 05:46:49 AM »

I have a Brother CS-80 and while I like it and it is a decent machine, it does have one annoying habit. The tension has to be reset nearly each time I replace a bobbin or begin a new project.

I use mine for very basic home sewing and that suits me just fine.
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« Reply #602 on: April 18, 2008 11:17:26 AM »

I've been looking at some machines that do both sewing and embroidery...are the all so painfully expensive? So far I've found ones that range from $2k to over $3k. Is that typical for these machines? Are there any out there under $1k? Sad

I'm browsing online and at local stores, but wanted to get some input from people more experienced here. I've only owned two sewing machines my whole life (an old Singer that lasted 40+ years from my grandmother, and a Simplicity that lasted 8 years), and my current one just died.

ETA: Is anyone familiar with This machine? The Amazon reviews seem pretty favorable, and the price is excellent.
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« Reply #603 on: April 18, 2008 02:41:06 PM »

 In general, the lower priced (under $700) embroidery capable machines are pretty limited, basicly a couple letter styles and a couple dozen pictures in it's memory & that's all, they can't be added to or what you can add is very limited. All the really flexible embroidery machines are going to be at least $1500, but you have pretty much all clip art ever made available to you as pictures and hundredns of fonts, pretty much any true type font. Does that help explaining the difference? It's like a Leap Pad computer vs. a HP with Adobe Illustrator on it- they are both real computers you can draw pictures with, but you have way more flexibility and range with the HP.
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« Reply #604 on: April 19, 2008 06:03:58 PM »

Okay I am trying to work my sewing machine but I am really lost on how to thread it and the instructions are plain confusing!!  I really want to get to sewing... but alas Im confused.  Does anybody know how to thread a Euro Pro X sewing machine?
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« Reply #605 on: April 23, 2008 08:54:47 AM »

If you post a photo of it maybe we can help figure it out.
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« Reply #606 on: April 24, 2008 05:01:46 AM »

I'm relatively new to sewing and looking to buy my first new machine.  I used to work on my mother's Kenmore which was from the 60s or something but I've been far away from home for the past couple years and after some attempts at handsewing some alterations, it is killing me to spend over an hour on a hem that would take a couple minutes if I had a machine. 

I only need a straight a zigzag stitch and I mostly only sew simple cottons.. but I also like doing denim and vinyl, and maybe someday even leather but I don't think i'm likely to get a sewing machine in my current price range that can do leather.  I have a chance to buy a White #212 for $30 very lightly used and I'm considering jumping on it but I'm concerned it won't be able to handle even thin vinyl... does anyone have any experience with this or can give me advice on doing very simple sewing on tougher materials? 
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Muria
« Reply #607 on: April 24, 2008 05:08:08 AM »

If you post a photo of it maybe we can help figure it out.
Even a link to one for sale would help. I went looking, but didn't see any Euro Pros that didn't have some sort of numerical model number.
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« Reply #608 on: April 27, 2008 02:32:55 PM »

Okay, I'm a NEWBIE sewer and it's not the machine, it is me, because this is the second machine I've screwed up like this and CAN'T figure out how to fix it.

Can someone please help??
This is the top side of the work, what you see as you work on your project:



And this is the underside:


What is wrong?
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« Reply #609 on: April 27, 2008 02:47:21 PM »

You have to make the thread on the downside tighter. You have to read your manual for that. (I hope my English is good enough to explain..)
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