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« Reply #340 on: February 12, 2005 02:06:47 PM »

I tried reading through the posts but I think I'm too tired to find what I'm looking for.
I am also thinking of buying a sewing machine. I have never used a sewing machine and instruction manuals have to be super easy or else I get lost. ( I'm not good with written direction. More of a see and do)
So even though some of you made some reccommendations, the comments about poorly written or long or confusing manuals are too much for me to make the plunge on the models mentioned.
Can anyone recommend a sewing machine that is under $150 ( I guess I am willing to go up to $200) with easy clear directions/manuals?
I am interested in making my own bags ( since I can never find one that fits my needs in the stores),  learning how to hem my own pants  and fixing loose stitches on items I already own.
Will I need a serger to do these things as well?  I don't want to buy one if I don't have to until I get super confident with my sewing skills.
Thanks in advance and I'm sorry if this was already answered in the previous 21 pages.
« Reply #341 on: February 12, 2005 02:54:46 PM »

Hey everyone!

I'm a fairly new sewer, and I've had to rely on my hand stitching for a while now. Hand sewing, I've found, is ridiculously tiresome and painful on bigger projects, and I'm becoming rather bored with smaller projects like hats and gloves. :x Plus, I think I'm developing a bit of carpal tunnel (at a young age too, 15, damnit) from typing and cracking my knuckles AND attempting to sew.

So, I've decided to look for a sewing machine. I don't have a very large budget, but I've looked through Amazon for machines that look nice based on reviews and price. My main function with this sewing machine would probably be to make clothes. I don't intend on sewing any hard fabrics like leather or vinyl. Denim's a maybe. :x I also don't want to do anything super fancy like embroidery or whatnot, so something with simple yet practical functions for a beginner - intermediate user would be great.

Anyway, here are the links to ones that I've found to be okay. Note that in my city, we don't have a specialized sewing machine store, just the big chain kind of businesses (Walmart, Sears, etc). I'll probably either buy these models online or hunt around for a place I could buy it IRL.


So what do you think?

Thanks for the help, in advance. Cheesy

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« Reply #342 on: February 12, 2005 04:57:11 PM »

Lizzy, Singer & Brother are both proven brands.  Simplicity is made by Brother, so it should be a good one too.  Actually, I haven't used a Singer since high school sewing class.  I've had a Brother for a year and half, and I'm very satisfied with it.  And I had an Elna for the 37 years in between.
« Reply #343 on: February 12, 2005 05:15:44 PM »

Simplicity Creative Spirit Sewing Machine or Deco Mate are the ones I would pick between. Best thing about them-all metal parts. That's the problem with a lot of new machines, they're all plastic and therefore aren't as heavy duty. Any of those machines would be fine for what you want it for though.

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« Reply #344 on: February 13, 2005 10:21:24 AM »

After breaking three so-called heavy duty sewing machines in the space of about six months I decided to spring for an industrial machine. I'm just so proud her her I could burst! Here she is:

Hmmmm... now I'm just full of heavy-duty sewing project ideas. Anybody want some chaps??  Wink

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« Reply #345 on: February 13, 2005 11:35:45 AM »


BTW That's a lot of sewing to break three machines !

« Reply #346 on: February 13, 2005 11:38:34 AM »

No, it's a lot of abuse. Smiley Mostly physical but sometimes emotional abuse, too.

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« Reply #347 on: February 13, 2005 04:46:49 PM »

Chaps, out of leather?  Yeah, you needed an industrial machine.  Happy sewing.
« Reply #348 on: February 13, 2005 06:29:49 PM »

Chaps, out of leather?  Yeah, you needed an industrial machine.  Happy sewing.

Haha. I'm not going to make chaps, but it's a crafter rush know that I COULD!!  Grin

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« Reply #349 on: February 16, 2005 12:22:53 AM »

I could always use a pair of leather chaps Shocked. Thats one crazy cool lookin machine. Have you named her?

One should either be a work of art or wear a work of art.
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