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« on: July 27, 2010 05:01:54 PM »

my mother is looking to buy me a sewing machine as a birthday present, so i have been looking online at both singers and brothers (brothers are the main machine where i live whereas singers seem to be more american). i worked on singers growing up and never had any issues with them.


this is the machine that i am looking into at the moment.

or, any other suggestions?  Smiley
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2010 06:16:06 PM »

I haven't tried that particular Singer, but don't get the Singer Tradition. Ugh. It has given me nothing but trouble since I got it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 09, 2010 03:55:21 PM »

Get the best machine you can afford but be warned, the cheap machines (under $200) will be tempermental and difficult to sew.  If you have dealers nearby, visit them and bring fabric samples with you so that you can test-drive the various models.  If there are no dealers; avoid buying machines from bg box retailers, especially if you are a novice and have no one on which you can rely for advice. 

Brother makes some decent machines that are not too expensive and so does Janome. Singer's repuation is not good.  They traded in quality during the 1970s and made some awful machines that did not last more than a few years, however I am told they are trying to reclaim the market they lost and have begun to make some decent machines. 

Expect to pay at least $250.  Check online retailers like Allbrands.com.  I've bought three machines from them over the years and have been very satisfied with their price, customer service and quality.  PatternReview.com has some good advice about the experience people have had with various brands and models.  Consumer Reports magazine did an issue on sewing machines last year.  They recommended Brother, Babylock, Pfaff and Janome models. 

As a beginner, you don't need fancy embroidery or hundreds of stitches.  You need a reliable machine that is easy to thread, fill bobbins, and has good stitch formation. 

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