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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012 10:27:26 AM »

I, personally, would go ahead and get the CS600I.  It gives you so many more decorative stitches including several one-step buttonholes.

Then when you go visit your mother, bring home your old machine.  As long as you have the space for it, an extra machine is always handy.  I have three sewing machines, a serger, and an embroidery machine to accomodate all my needs. 

I would recommend that you take the old Singer in for a servicing when you get it.  It is a machine and they do need maintenance every now and then.  Especially if they have been sitting in storage for a while.
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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2012 10:49:13 AM »

Thanks, Mary. Smiley

I remember my granny has two sewing machines (her old one, and my mom's), and a serger as well. I never got a chance to use the serger, and it was intimidating at best. But yes, I agree that having two sewing machines is a good idea.

Where would I take a sewing machine to get serviced?

I found an ad on Craigslist today for a Singer that looks like its from the 60s or 70s. It comes with a beautiful sewing table with fold out sides and a full cabinet underneath. It's only $50 for all of it. If anything, the table is worth that much even if the machine is junk. Either way, I'm going to wait for a reply before I run out and buy a new sewing machine.
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2012 01:05:09 PM »

You could ask at your Joanns if they have people they recommend.  Otherwise look for a sewing machine dealer or someone who services small machines.  I have a couple of small sewing shops near me and one services Brothers and Vikings and the other services Baby Locks.  There is also a small vaccuum store and they work on sewing machines as well.
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2012 08:23:46 PM »

For the price, I've been really happy with my Kenmore machines (from Sears).
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2012 04:36:35 PM »

Never heard back from the guy on Craigslist.

After much debate and many reviews, I decided on the Brother XL-2600i only to discover that it will take two weeks to ship out here. I'm impatient. So I called around, and the local walmart has the Brother LX-2500, which is a similar model with fewer features at the same price. I will be purchasing the LX-2500 tomorrow, and if in a month or so I decide it's too simple for me I will order another model with more features and return the LX-2500 when it arrives. Although, I don't think I'll need anything other than the basics any time soon, so I'm sure the LX-2500 is going to be great.

Thanks again, everyone for all of the advice! I'll post periodically around the forums so I can show off my progress. I think I'm going to start with simple projects, like my own cloth grocery bags and maybe some small plushies.
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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2012 06:07:09 PM »

Thanks for this thread. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2012 02:53:35 AM »

About the cat...

Make sure that you *always* put the thread away and/or cover the machine so that the cat cannot get at any of the thread. Cats have a tendency to eat thread, and that can kill them.

My cat survived, happily, but it was close.
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« Reply #17 on: March 13, 2012 08:05:17 AM »

About the cat...

Make sure that you *always* put the thread away and/or cover the machine so that the cat cannot get at any of the thread. Cats have a tendency to eat thread, and that can kill them.

My cat survived, happily, but it was close.

My cat has never done that!!! However, I will keep that in mind for future cats. (My old man is 14-15 years old Sad ... so there will be future cats)
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« Reply #18 on: March 15, 2012 03:38:51 PM »

About the cat...

Make sure that you *always* put the thread away and/or cover the machine so that the cat cannot get at any of the thread. Cats have a tendency to eat thread, and that can kill them.

My cat survived, happily, but it was close.

I got a Clover Stack and Store Bobbin Holder at my local sewing shop (at Amazon) and it's been a real life and thread saver. Even when I forget to put my thread back in the drawer, it's always clipped in, so I can always find it all. It's a little pricey for just starting out, but once you get enough bobbins that they start becoming cat toys, it's definitely worth it.
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« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2012 09:19:26 AM »

Thanks for this post...I have been really wanting to start sewing. I do cross stitch and i have 3 kids and really want to start learning to make things for them. this post has helped me a lot. i my self are thinking of going with the Brother XL-2600i or the Singer 3116 Sewing Machine. does anyone suggest which one would be better. just curious! Smiley
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