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Thread: buying a sewing machine

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    Super Member Joeysnana's Avatar
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    I received this week in the mail (free shipping to home) a 25-stitch free arm sewing machine, Brother XL-2600i that I ordered online from WM. It is for my little GS. I have been trying it out the past 2 days and really like it. The stitches are lovely. I am pleased with this purchase.

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    That is an excellent little machine. Have fun!

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    I have no idea. I would make sure she really wants to sew before I would spend very much money. DD has a 100.00 Brother machine from Wal Mart for about 6-7 yrs. and she has not had any problems with it, she quilts on it also. She is quite pleased with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilter7x
    I recommend a Janome Jem. Janome is a very easy brand of machines to learn on and the Jem line is light weight. So as a diehard Janome lover, that's my recommendation! :thumbup:

    For sure, others are going to recommend other brands and you should consider everyone's comments before making your decision. If you get the chance to test-sew on a machine before buying it, that would be the best.

    I don't recommend new Singer's either. The older ones are good, but not the new machines.

    Good luck! :)
    Ditto :thumbup: Good advise. I was in a sewing repair shop and a lady came in with one of those machine. He said they are not repairable. He did not offer to sell her anything.
    I've had this guy repair my many machines for over 20 years. I don't count them it is bad luck besides I can;t count above 12. :D

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    I just bought my granddaughter (she is 5) a Janome Sew Mini for $47.99 (discount and free shipping!!) from Allbrands.com. It does a straight and zig-zag stitch. I have Janome HT2008 and love it.

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    I prefer Brother. I have had mine for 30+ years and it is still going strong.

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    I have a Janome Jem and love it. Very light weight. Simple to thread.

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    Please support a reputable local sewing machine dealer. A good shop will most likely have some good trade ins that have been checked over and serviced; and will stand by your purchase. If people don't shop locally for sewing needs, it won't be long before the shops will be even fewer and further between than they are now. You might also give her a gift certificate at a good shop because after Christmas they will have plenty of trade ins.

    I also bought my daughter a nice Janome Jem from a dealer a few Christmases ago for a great price, she got as many free lessons as she needed to learn the machine. Later on if she wants another machine, she can trade it in or sell it privately and has a built in relationship with a trustworthy dealer. You get what you pay for, and any machine under $200 would be a mistake imho, unless it is a pre-loved good brand: Janome, Pfaff, and the better Brother machines; also Viking or Babylock. (Kenmores used to be made by Janome, not sure about them now tho.)

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    I've recently become a Brother convert. I have the Project Runway machine and I bought the Laura Ashley Limited edition. I like the drop in bobbin. If your daughter is going to be quilting, the Needle up/down option is really useful.

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    I love my Janome Jem

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