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« on: October 27, 2012 03:21:58 PM »

Hi everyone! I have spent a while researching and I'm starting to feel like my head is going to explode, so I thought I'd skip to the source and ask for help.

I'm trying to decide on a new sewing machine - I'm intermediate and make dresses, costumes, hemming, quilting, etc. and often need to be able to sew thicker fabrics. I don't care about embroidery much, nor do I need 5 million stitches. I DO, however, need button holes and different fabric stitch options, as I use everything from denim to lace to jersey to chiffon. I'd like to spend in the $200-300 range.

So the big question: Do I get a reasonably nice new machine (like the Brother CS6000i, the Singer 7258, or the Singer 160th Anniversary model), or do I get a lower range/older model that can't do heavier fabrics AS WELL AS an antique that can power through anything? I found a bernina 1005 for $200, and my local Craigslist is currently full of old models:

I appreciate any advice! I can't afford to do this wrong and be stuck with one or more broken machines later, and I'm really trying to become more experienced in sewing.
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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2012 05:55:14 AM »

Hmmmm.  Interesting dilemma.  I, personally, would go for the new machine because I don't have enough room in my house for two to be used often.  If you purchase it at a reputable dealer (I got mine at Joann's), if there's an issue, you will probably have somewhere to go for help/maintenance.

« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2012 08:12:30 PM »

I vote for an older machine.  My 1970s Kenmore portable still makes great buttonholes and does a buncha decorative stitches (that I never use).  Because it's mechanical instead of electronic, I can do my own maintenance on it, and the all-metal insides will last forever. 

A few years ago I submitted some stitching for a magazine, and they said, "not everybody has a fancy new machine to do this finish.  What are you using?" and were shocked when I told them about my 40-year-old machine.

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