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« on: April 12, 2013 12:33:11 PM »

I have a couple of sewing machines already but they're really unsuitable for craft purposes. Yes, I've looked at the pinned topic. I need a work horse of a sewing machine.

I need something that can handle heavy material and also can accomodate a good amount of space between the needle and the machine so I can actually fit thick cloth in there. I'm not advanced at sewing, so I don't need a lot of fancy stuff, but I need good, strong stitching capabilities. Not a huge variety of stitches though.

An example of what I want to make would by nylon webbing dog harnesses, leashes and collars. So nylon folded on it's self and sewn with carpet thread for durability. Maybe some leather, I dunno.

The other limiting factor is that I'm really broke and can't afford anything very pricey. I know in most cases, you get what you pay for but maybe there's something out there that breaks this general rule?

Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2013 01:33:46 PM »

I can only recommend from my own personal experience. You sound like you are in the place I was before I got my machine. I had a no name home sewing machine that had a very hard time sewing thick fabrics or even very thin so I started to look into an industrial. I knew I wanted a very old one for a number of reasons. Price, they are made of metal.....no plastic and they are work horses. I knew it would be at least a second hand one. I just looked for one that someone had at home and that a salon or factory wasn't selling....less mileage. Finally found one at a reasonable price and the add said the price wasn't final so I asked what she'd take and she told me half of what they advertised...took it and haven't looked back. Love it. I got a Pffaf that does zig zag and is about 40 years old and is in great condition for it's age.Hope some of this is helpful. (BTW I was working on a non budget. I bought it with money I "made" by doing sewing (Hems and such) and heat pads. So it is doable.)
Good luck!
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2013 12:57:30 PM »

Just wanted to thank you for your advice! This price is actually do-able for me!
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2013 01:06:16 PM »

You are welcome! I hope I was of some help and I hope you can get the machine. (Also hope to see some of your work here!!!) Happy sewing and creating.
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