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« on: March 23, 2014 04:50:11 PM »

Hi everyone! I'm new to the forum. I've only been sewing for 4 or 5 years, so I'm not very experienced with sewing machines, and I really need a machine recommendation. My 4 or 5 year old $200 Brother HS-2000 is in need of $100 in repairs, but it seems like a more sound investment to purchase something of higher quality rather than replace a cheap machine every few years. (Would you agree with that?)

I sew a few times per week, but I usually sew pretty thick things. I use mostly fleece and a recycled denim fabric -- usually 3 to 5 layers total. I only need to do a straight stitch forward and backward, maybe a zigzag. I basically need something sturdy and simple.

I'm open to a vintage model or something new. My budget is $400 or less. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks!
« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014 02:26:58 PM »

I love vintage machines made before 1980-ish.  They're all metal, instead of plastic and nylon like today's machines (probably what's wrong with your machine--a part broke and needs replacement?)

I'm most familiar with Singer and Kenmore, both are good names for vintage--may be good for modern, too, don't know.

Try looking on Craigslist for an old machine.  And I've gotten three machines free on freecycle (including an industrial), but only one actually worked when I got it.  The other two needed some work, but that's a whole other hobby!

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2014 09:28:56 AM »

I am not up to date on all the various makes an models of all the machines out there.
Especially domestic. versus the industrial and commercial.
Craigs list can be a good place to find something in your area and thus a chance to try before buy.
Also REPUTABLE sewing repair shops and even pawn shops.
I have a 1927  15-31 singer straight only a 1957 15-31 straight forward and reverse a 6211 with simple zig zag.
Was looking for something to replace the 1957 as an updated workhorse.
I went to singer and emailed them (I'm a buy AMERICAN person). They made suggestions for me within 24 hr.
I checked locally nothing around.
So off to Ebay I went.
Found several. One had a asking price and a make offer. I offered $50 less and got the machine for $135 including shipping.
So I would suggest, contact singer. tell them what you have and what you want to sew, that you are on a limited / fixed budget and inquire about their older model machines.
301, 401, (my) 6211 etc. 
My case I only need forward back and simple zig zag.
I can open and clean and lube myself, so will.
Good luck
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