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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2005 02:47:09 PM »

I'm a big believer in "Buy the best you can afford".  If your looking for something under $100,  Your better off looking for a good used machine.  If you have a bigger budget, $500 or more, your looking a high end machines, so go for new.  In between, consider factory reconditioned.  I have a high end Brother, that I absolutely love, but I would never consider buying a Brother from Wal-Mart.
« Reply #11 on: August 26, 2005 03:12:18 PM »

I posted this already in a different sewing machine thread, but it's in the wrong area - so...

A few years ago I got a $15 sewing machine at a yard sale - early  90's Singer. It has a lot of stitches that I don't use/don't know how to use but it only came with 1 foot and 1 bobbin and that's making me crazy. It's a pain to thread and I never get the bobbin in right, the light works intermittently and there's a big melted chunk where the previous owner somehow burned it.  It would also be nice to have instructions. It has done its job but it is time to move on.

I have some projects to do that involve some thin suede and something else that is layers of fleece and mid-weight canvas. Can I do this with any machine or do I have to shell out big bucks for something that will do heavy duty? I don't need a lot of fancy stitches - just the basics - but I do need the ability to work with a wide range of materials. (Everything from hemming fine fabrics to making curtains.) I don't sew a lot, so it doesn't make sense for me to spend more than $200 - I'm already stretching it thin trying to get a new dremel, a button maker, gocco, lampworking torch kit, etc. etc... yikes.


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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2005 10:29:38 AM »

Over the years my mother and I have purchased several used machine, (and several new machines, too).  My first was a 25 dollar bernina sport from the 70's. It was a classroom model, so it hadn't been through anything too major.  I got it reconditioned and it lasted me through a lot of crazy stuff Smiley I eventually grew out of it, about the time I grew out of avoiding buttonholes.  My mom still uses her old Bernina that she's had since a child, and also uses a Pfaff she picked up at a thrift store for 20 bucks. 

I've had a lots of luck sewing heavy duty fabrics with all my old machines. One time in college my roomate and I were feverishly sewing for an entire month strait (just moved out of the house, didn't have a job...didn't have any money....so we SEWED. A lot). Anyway, her brand new (inexpensive) Janome from Joann's could hardly sew through the multiple layers of denim she was sewing through, whereas my ancient bernina sport could sew through vinyl, leather, nails etc. 

If you decide to buy an old machine, have it looked at by a technician.  Sometimes they come with troubles, sometimes not.  If you buy one for 25 bucks, and it turns out it has some major repair you can't reallly afford...then no big deal! Make a pretty house decoration with it, and try again!!  Maybe talk to local schools and colleges with sewing machines. See if they are planning on switching to new machines soon and would sell you one of theirs!  I bet your newspaper classifieds might have some deals, too.

I am with GLoryB, though in "Buy the best you can afford." Even with all my love for my old machines, my new machines are still my favorites.  My Bernina 1008 is a basic model Bernina, no big bells and whistles..but it's exactly what I need.  I don't need to do complicated embroidery, most my sewing is constructing handbags and clothing for myself.

Anyway, I've rambled long enough.


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