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« on: August 11, 2012 09:48:35 AM »

I know that alot of people are asking the same question as me. Fix the old machine or buy a new one. I had an awesome Kenmore a few years back but gave it to my sis in law when my hubby got me a new machine for Mothers day. Now 3 years later that nice machine he got me is dying! Its a Singer that was a walmart special. And its CRAP! I'm really torn right now with having it fixed or buying a new one. I keep looking at brothers and drooling over them! (though this time I'm making sure not to get it from walmart!!)

Anyone have any thoughts on Brother vs singers?

I've really thought about taking mine in for service but our small town only has 1 place to do it and will cost me $100! (thats just for the cleaning and basic service, not for fixing anything!) funny thing is the machine cost only $80 on clearance! so its hard to justify spending more then that on cleaning and basics and hoping that will fix the irritations it is causing me! (And I'm pretty sure it needs a part or something since it does not sound happy when I use it)

I really have my eye on this brother right now: http://www.joann.com/brother-xr9500-project-runway-computerized-sewing-machine/zprd_11188869a/
(sadly joann doesn't ship their sewing machines to canada! boo, but at least amazon does!)

« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2012 07:00:07 AM »

I say go with a Brother...I bought a cs8072 back in 2003 and I  L-O-V-E   it...
it has never given me any trouble...and i also bought a brother vx1120 at a garage
sale for 3$ and with a few minor adjustments it is working GREAT...good luck in
your decision...
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2012 01:07:27 PM »

I also say go with Brother. They make very high quality machines, and I really like my $300 Brother over my mom's $500 Singer. I've also had a lower end Brother (around $100) that worked very well. I have to say though, I'm not a fan of their low-end electronic machines (the ones with the LED screens). I would say either go for the most expensive non-digital one you can find, or go with a mid-to-high range digital machine.

« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2012 03:19:48 AM »

I own two Brother machines, a cheap mechanical one and a mid range electronic one. I've used both of them a lot and recently 'broke' the cheaper one and it's not worth fixing. The older electronic one runs ok but has issues. I wish I still had my Nanna's vintage Singer, it never missed a beat!
I guess it depends on the type of sewing you do and how often you do it. My next purchase is going to be the heavy duty Singer machine because I sew all kinds of fabrics and I sew daily. But for what they cost to repair I'd be tempted to just buy another cheap one and use it until it dies then buy a new one lol.

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