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« on: June 23, 2012 09:35:51 AM »

My mom and step-dad have decided that they will be getting me a sewing machine as a graduation present to take to college with me in the fall. Im am completely clueless about which one to get. Any suggestions?

I will be attending a small (less than 1200 students) liberal arts college, majoring in a biology type science (so not tons of free time, but...), playing a varsity sport (tennis!), and living in a double occupancy dorm room (meaning, zero space...).

Is it even worth buying a machine for college? I know i won't have as much time as i do at home now, but I do love sewing, and could possibly make some money on the side altering things for people in the same dorm as me.

Any ideas from y'all?

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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2012 08:26:57 PM »

Hm...given your situation, you may want to hold off on a machine, or at least, hold off on bringing one with you.  You are going to most likely have little room to store one, but the bigger issue is absolutely no room to use one.  Added to the no time thing, which sounds like it's pretty guaranteed.  If anything, I'd suggest investing in a very nice sewing kit for hand sewing.  Often times, mending is something that can, and possibly should, be done by hand anyway, so that may provide a nice creative and possibly lucrative outlet that lets you get some sewing in, without the requirement of finding space, or staying in one spot.  If you bring supplies to do hand work, you can take your sewing to a commons area, to the cafeteria, or to coffee shops, so you can sew and be social at the same time.

If your parents would still like to buy you a machine, go to a shop that specializes in sewing machines, bring some scrap fabric, and ask to try some of the models out.  Most dealers will let you (their fabric tends to be thick and crisp enough to make every machine smooth and awesome--regular quilt cotton, or whatever you usually sew with, will give you a better idea of the machine's handling).  That's the best way to find a machine that suits you.

And good luck in school!
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« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2012 02:36:06 PM »

When my daughter was still in high school, I got her a Kenmore Mini-Ultra.  It is a smaller sized machine but it has a full sized motor.  It is great for traveling.  She toted that machine back and forth to school al the time (she was in theatre and a costumer).  It is a great machine and can sew pretty much anything. 

I do agree though about holding off on getting a machine right away.  You need to get into your room and see just what kind of space you will have to store it.  I am sure that you would be able to find places to set up and sew and it would be a great way to meet new people.  And you are probably right about being able to make a little extra cash on the side doing alterations for people.
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