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« on: May 21, 2008 07:19:27 PM »

Hello, everyone,

So, I worked aaaaaall semester long to save up and buy a sewing machine with the express idea that I would start quilting this summer. Problem is,  I have no idea WHERE to start! There is already a great post about what to do once you've gotten the materials together, but I can't seem to access the post about what kind of sewing machine/serger to get. I know how to thread a sewing machine, but I haven't sewn since I was a little girl (I'm 19 now--still a girl but not quite so little). I am looking for something in the $100-$150 range, but I am willing to go a bit higher if it will really help. I will also be using the sewing machine to make/alter clothes, which I've been doing by hand for a long time. Any recommendations?

Moderators, please delete this post if it's too redundant... I apologize for my newbie-ness!

Thanks for all of the help!

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008 03:52:29 AM »

I am semi-new to quilting..I've done only 6 quilts or so. I was given a Janome machine and those are really good but I think can run expensive. If I were you...I would go to walmart and pick up a nice singer machine those run about a 100-150. I think I would be a nice first machine. Welcome to quilting (the addiction!) Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2008 07:19:10 PM »

JoAnn fabrics has some on sale this weekend. I think Hancock's does too. If you're at all mechanical try the thrift shops. someone was looking to buy one on overstock.com. Good prices but I've never bought from them. You can buy a second hand machine at a sewing machine and vacuum cleaner repair or a place that sells the better machines. Those last two places will let you test drive the machines. Get a feel of what is available and how much it's going to cost. After you've done all that, think about it for about a week and then go back and buy.
I don't know anything about the new ones but I understand that some of them are mostly plastic and anything less than $100 probably won't last very long and won't be able to handle heavier fabrics like denim.
there are a lot of other posts w/ similar info maybe you can find some info there. Go to the home page, bottom right, general sewing.
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