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Thread: Advice needed: Buying older machines

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    Senior Member stefanib123's Avatar
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    I have a local thrift store that sells TONS of sewing machines. All are $15-20 no matter what brand, etc. They had so many it made my head spin! LOL!

    They had Berina's, Pfaffs, Janome, Husqvarna, Singer, and more!

    I don't have a lot of money to buy a nice machine, so I think this is the way to go for me.

    I have a Brother 9021 that my mom bought new that I love. It's my "main" sewing machine. Its a cheap machine, but I'm so comfortable with it, it works great for me.

    I have an old White 966 that I am using for quiliting. It's the only machine I have that I can lower the feed dogs on. I like it, too.

    I'm thinking, though, that I can get a REALLY great machine at that store. I didn't know enough about them to pick on out, so the only one I bought was a cute pink Sears Kenmore that was just TOO CUTE to pass up! There's a pic at the bottom of it. I gave $15 for it!

    I'm going back tomorrow, and I want to get me a good one! I would like to have one that does embroidery also. So, can you guys recommend some brands and models of older, good machines for me to be on the look out for?

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    The picture is terrible, sorry about that. I was using my son's crappy camera.
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    where are you in Kentucky? I am in Elizabethtown and if I am close enough I would LOVE to visit this store sometime

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    If they will let you, take a few pieces of fabric, a drop cord, and some thread and sit and sew at a few. Explain to them that you want to try out the machines before purchasing and that you'll leave your practice piece at each machine so that others will see what that machine can do and they'll be able to sell them easier. They'll probably let you do it. Then pick out the best one and take it home.

    You might even be able to work out a deal where if you do that on all the machines they'll pay you back by letting you take your pick at no charge. Tell them that if people could actually SEE what the machines are capable of that more would sell. Make sure you take contrasting thread and fabric. White fabric with red, blue, purple thread.

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    Wish i was in Ky !!

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    Husquvrna has embroidery machine but if it's the older model, can't find the cards for them anymore. see if it has any with them.

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    Bother has embroidery machines also . I think most of them have some sort of embroidery machines , but the question will be if that part works.

    Happy shopping :thumbup:

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    Tell us where this store is so that if we're ever passing through..... I don't think any of us will run in and get the machine you want in the next few days. LOL

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    If I could get a Bernina for $15, I'd grab it quick. Ditto Pfaff and Janome. Raptureready is right. Ask them if you can sew on them. Different machines have a different "feel" and a different sound. You need to try them out.

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    What great deals! I love the pink machine :D:D:D

    I check out our thrift stores too... looking for the perfect one to bring home with me :D:D:D

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