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« Reply #170 on: July 25, 2004 08:57:00 AM »

i don't know how if this helps you, but i make handbags on my little Kenmore sewing machine i bought for about $150.00. the thing to know is what size needles to use for certain fabric thicknesses. i run the heck out of my machine, and have been for about 4 years now, and it's fine.
i can sew through 3 or 4 layers of denim if i have to, and i'm fine.
just learn what type sewing machine needles are used for what type fabric, and you should be fine.
with the thicker fabrics i just use a super sharp "denim needle", which you can buy at any craft store, and i'm ok.

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« Reply #171 on: July 25, 2004 09:08:02 AM »

I also use a cheap machine...I think it was 100 bucks on sale from 150. I make handbags and similar items in the way of many layers of fabric and heavy fabrics and NO problem at all. Not that I wouldnt get a nicer machine if I could afford it...but I cant. LOL I just make sure to change needles often so its always super sharp.

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« Reply #172 on: July 26, 2004 05:41:12 PM »

I have an old 1951 Singer.  The bobbin works exactly the same as the bobbins in newer machines, but you put the needle in differently - the flat part faces to the left instead of to the back.  Don't know if that makes a difference.


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« Reply #173 on: July 27, 2004 11:02:22 AM »

I bought a sewing machine off of ebay recently, and it works fine.  I would just check out their feedback.  Also, in the description of the item, it said that it had been tested and it works.  I guess I figured that it was cheap enough that if it didn't work at least I didn't waste much money on it.


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« Reply #174 on: July 27, 2004 12:29:21 PM »

I see that it's already ended, but in case you are thinking about it still, I have this machine. I bought it from Walmart-I think it was a little over $100 and was brand new. If I were you, I'd get it from there instead of Ebay, especially since they say it's been refurbished, etc. It's a pretty decent machine for so cheap, I thinK!
« Reply #175 on: July 31, 2004 11:01:50 PM »

i'm a beginner at all of this craft stuff, and i decided to try out sewing.  however, i have recently discovered that i am extremely needle-illiterate.  therefore, i am going to buy an inexpensive sewing machine just to see how well i fare with it (if i really get into it, i will buy a decent one, but for now the key word is 'cheap').  but i don't know anything about sewing machines, so how do i know if i'm getting a good deal?

i ask the experts, that's how!

i would really like some feedback on two machines i found at target.  numero uno, numero dos.  any and all comments are highly appreciated!

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« Reply #176 on: August 01, 2004 06:24:36 PM »

My 1 1/2 cents....don't get those. Use the $30 and get a full sized, used, older sewing machine. Those toy-like sewing machines are just that toys and will frustrate anyone to tears. Plus they don't sew more than two layers of thin cotton. Not cool!!!! These machines won't help make purses or do home deco stuff.
Is there a sewing machine store near you? Since your a beginner I would go to a sewing machine store and tell them that you want a machine for $30. They will show you used ones that work very well. If you are feeling very adventurous you can find sewing machines at the thrift store for way less than $30. Thing is you don't know if they are truly broken and they usually are missing the manual and things like that and that would really not help a beginner.
Maybe you could borrow a sewing machine from someone first? Lots of people hang on to mom's sewing machine and is just waiting for someone to adopt them!
Good luck and have fun....
« Reply #177 on: August 02, 2004 06:38:47 PM »

That goes double for me-those things are pieces of crap. Usually only good for sewing on paper (if that) and extremely frustrating to deal with. If you're looking for cheap, do what JennaPotter suggested-check out sewing machine repair stores (that's where I got my first one-$50 and it was AWESOME!!!) thrift stores and yard sales (but ask to try before you buy!!!!)  Or if you have a bit more to spend, Walmart has some real cheapy new ones that aren't too shabby-around $80 or so I think for the cheapest one.
« Reply #178 on: August 02, 2004 07:45:00 PM »

hi... i went to one of the sites that someone recommended- the FAQ one, and they had a comparison chart that i looked at as well. i'm leaning towards getting a husquavarna, but on the comparison chart it says that none of the husquavarnas can do a "1 step buttonhole" or a "4 step buttonhole" but they do have "sensor buttonhole styles." does anyone know what these terms mean? can the husquavarnas do buttonholes or not? thanks so much for helping!
« Reply #179 on: August 04, 2004 05:32:03 PM »

well crap...  i was really hoping not to spend more than like $30 since i'm B R O K E (welcome to the life of a college kid!), but looks like if i wanna get anything done i'm gonna have to spend more.  but thanks alot for the help, guys!  <3

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