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Thread: Help me buy a sewing machine

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    Junior Member jkwynn's Avatar
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    Ok - these are the facts:

    - I already have a sewing machine that is in perfectly fine, working order and I know how to use it now, mostly, lol. It's a featherweight.

    - I only have about 200 dollars to spend on a new one. Had a little surprise in my mailbox today, woot!

    - The only reason I even want a new one is to learn machine quilting (since I've been told it's not suggested that you do that with a FW, and I don't have the feet for it anyway), *plus* I'd like to have extra stitch options, like decorative ones, or side to side ones (clearly, I'm still learning the lingo, too.) I am interested in sewing other things like aprons, bags, wallets, towels, etc. Not looking to be a fashion designer, but you know, gift-y type stuff.

    - I'm learning to sew, so nothing too complicated, but it'd be a bonus if it came with extra feet like zipper foot, the free motion quilting foot, walking foot (?), etc. In other words, I'd like to get a little bang for my buck, hehe.

    Know anything that might fit that bill? Did I leave any important info out?

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    Many like Brothers and you should be able to get a good one for that price. I would not get one with the embroidery, I made that mistake...and returned it,

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    Several department stores carry entry level machines with a few decorative stitches for around $150 to $200.

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    My "back-up" sewing machine is a Brother CE5000 Project Runway model. It came from Walmart and was very reasonable in price. (under $120). It has lots of decorative stitches. I enjoyed using it while I was waiting to get enough money for the BabyLock I wanted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carolaug
    Many like Brothers and you should be able to get a good one for that price. I would not get one with the embroidery, I made that mistake...and returned it,
    Yeah, that embroidery stuff looks neat, but I don't want to get too much on a machine. It's just more stuff I could break. I'm talented like that, lol.

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    Check out Kenmore machines. They have nice machines in that price range. And I think they are made by Janome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dellareya
    My "back-up" sewing machine is a Brother CE5000 Project Runway model. It came from Walmart and was very reasonable in price. (under $120). It has lots of decorative stitches. I enjoyed using it while I was waiting to get enough money for the BabyLock I wanted.
    Thanks! So what you're saying is, there will be money left over for some new fabric? I like the way you think! :)

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    You should check out your local Craigs List for a Singer 301, 401 etc. Those are great machines and won't cost a fortune. And are so much better built than the cheap, plastic ones you'd otherwise be looking at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    Check out Kenmore machines. They have nice machines in that price range. And I think they are made by Janome.
    Good to know. Is that the Sears brand? I think I actually have a Sears gift card around here somewhere, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkwynn
    Quote Originally Posted by SherriB
    Check out Kenmore machines. They have nice machines in that price range. And I think they are made by Janome.
    Good to know. Is that the Sears brand? I think I actually have a Sears gift card around here somewhere, too.
    Kenmore is carried and sold by Sears. It is not made by Janome, but is made by Janome specifications.

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