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« on: April 10, 2012 08:19:19 PM »

I'm extremely new to the sewing game, and I'm wondering if it's easier to hand stitch or machine stitch?  What inexpensive machine would you recommend if I wanted to get one just to try it out and not spend a lot on it?

Are the handheld battery driven sewing machines any good?
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012 12:32:10 PM »

Hi "unimehe" so glad you are learning to sew! You can hand sew a lot of things.  I do like to hand sew things a lot of times like embroidery etc. But for some heavy duty things it's good to have a sewing machine. Singer is one that's been around for quite awhile & I have a old one & it's still going, basic one under $100 & Used ones maybe half, that depends. Try a used one , or try a newer one just don't get to fancy of one for your first one. Just a basic one that zigzags & maybe a few more stitches. That should be enough for your first one.  My experience in the hand held ones weren't good, but they might be better now don't know!! Maybe even barrow someone's you know well & try it for a bit & see if you like it or not.
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012 07:37:07 PM »

Thank you! I'll look into a used one first. I'm sure they aren't hard to come by!
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2012 08:43:18 AM »

Hi!  I agree w/sharalee.  I don't endorse the hand held sewing machines.  I have a Singer, and I love it.  It's more advanced then my 1st Singer.  My 1st Singer was a basic machine.  If you buy a sewing machine, definitely go w/a basic machine 1st.  You can always upgrade, when you become more confident on the machine.  Machine sewing makes your projects finish so much faster.  But, hand sewing can be relaxing.  I hand sew the smaller pieces.  No matter how slow I go on my machine, it wants to "eat" the smaller pieces.  I used to only hand sew, because I was afraid of the sewing machine.  My mother taught me how to sew on her old Singer.  I started using it a year after she passed away.  Then it started to mess up, and that's when I bought myself a new, basic Singer.  After it started messing up last year, my husband bought me the more advanced Singer.  So, machines are good for your bigger projects, hand sewing is better for smaller projects, and embroidery, in my opinion.  Good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2012 09:36:33 PM »

You should do both! You will need you learn how to hand sew things, because as your projects get more detailed, the smaller things will need to be stitched on there. The long seems that need to be straight and perfect and tight... Sewing machines take away a lot of the stress away from that. Hope that helps! And good luck!

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