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piratekittie
« on: August 09, 2005 11:24:27 PM »

I bought a Janome Jem Lite from QVC last summer for $100. I figured it was cute, small and would work for what I have to do. I'm not great at sewing but I'm trying to learn. Well, this summer I had to move all my stuff out of the dorm and I just tried to use my machien for the first time since May and turns out it got damaged in the move. Sad So I'm without sewing machine and I don't know what to buy now. I don't need anything super fancy and I definitely don't want something expensive... Any suggestions?? Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2005 11:58:48 PM »

I'm also looking for a simple 'learner' sewing machine. They had machines at our local Wal-Mart that run from just below $100 to over $200 that are by Singer and Brother. I heard Singer is a good name but I could never seem to work on my mother's because it's quirky and old. Perhaps it's just breaking down after 40 years of use.  Tongue Anyway, does anyone reccomend getting one of these models at Wal-Mart? Or should we regard the lower price as "You get what you pay for."

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/search-ng.gsp?search_constraint=0&search_query=sewing+machines&Continue.x=0&Continue.y=0&Continue=Find&ics=20&ico=0

Also, what should I look for when buying one and deciding that it's a good deal?

Any help from you sewing experts out there would be greatly appreciated!!!
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« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2005 03:51:43 AM »

I had a look at the Walmart site machines  for you. They all seem to be fairly good beginner machines. Both Brother and Singer are good sewing machine brands.  The Brother 100 Stitch Computerized sewing machine (CS-6000t) looked to be a really good machine. Even for a learner or beginner sewer I would reccomend getting a machine with lots of features for what you can afford so the machine can grow with you.

What to look for in a sewing machine for a begginner:
* a good range of stitches incl. Straight, zig zag,at least one  button stitch  and some over the edge stitches( some a re very similar to zig zag)
* a needle threader and built in thread cutter
* ability to drop teeth or feed for free stitching (used for decoration)
* a good variety of accessories and feet.

Hope this helps  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2005 01:57:53 PM »

Thank you for looking into them for me Paulie_86, I've never had to purchase my own before, so I really appreciate it.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005 02:38:10 AM »

No problem Saturn  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 25, 2005 09:11:38 AM »

does anyone else have an opinion on the brother cs6000t? I'm researching my first machine and so far this seems to be ok to me, although i dont much know what to look for. I liked the computerized aspect, and over 100 stiches..

what do you guys think about it.

btw way, i need to keep it under $200.

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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2005 03:33:13 PM »

I ended up waiting until my Mom came into town to buy one (she quilts so she knows sewing machines). She gave me a limit of $200 and we went to Costco and found a Brother CS-100 (I *think* that's the number) It's computerized, has a whole bunch of different stitches, button hole maker for every size... And it came with this extra table thing which apparently is helpful for quilting (My mom said it was a good thing) and a carrying case. So yea. It was a great deal. I haven't had the chance to make much with it yet but I love it. And it was definitely affordable.
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