Welcome to the Quilting Board!

Already a member? Login above
loginabove
OR
To post questions, help other quilters and reduce advertising (like the one on your left), join our quilting community. It's free!

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 42

Thread: Looking for a reliable backup machine

  1. #1
    Junior Member racerh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Los Gatos, CA
    Posts
    254

    Talking Looking for a reliable backup machine

    I am looking for a reliable backup sewing machine for those times that mine is in the shop getting a tune up or heaven for bid has an issue. I will search craigs list and my local vendors but am wondering if anyone has any suggestions about a machine and about what it should run. I am just looking for something to do piece work - nothing fancy.

    thanks in advance!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    870
    How about a Singer Featherweight 221. Get one of the older ones, not the new plastic ones. They are small, very portable, very reliable. They do a straight stitch, that's it, but is great for piecing. I've gotten all mine from eBay for less than $225 (which included shipping & handling), or you can get one from a reliable dealer for $350-$400.

    If you want a newer machine that has a few bells and whistles, the Janome Jem is a good one, as are the Berninas. My suggestion is to start looking around and trying out the machines.

  3. #3
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    NE Pa.
    Posts
    1,527
    Check with your local Sewing machinee dealer for a used one. sometimes you can get a good bargain if they have a machine they took on a trade in.

  4. #4
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,057
    You need to determine how much you have to spend before getting carried away!!! The Featherweights are wonderful machines (I have one) but their smallness is sometimes a liability too.

  5. #5
    JLe
    JLe is offline
    Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Posts
    19
    Also, check local shops for school buy-backs. Sometimes the schools don't take the machines they order and you can get a very good machine for bargain prices.

  6. #6
    Power Poster BellaBoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Front row
    Posts
    14,664
    Blog Entries
    2
    Schools don't order machines anymore, at least not in this area. The machines are bought by the teacher out of her budget for the class. The ding dong teacher here, bought one embroidery machine with her home ec part of the budget even though most of the machines are broken or non working, all plastic portables. She said she wanted the machine for the class to do monogramming on bought clothing but the kids weren't allowed to use it, only her. A few parents complained but nothing was done about getting the machines fixed.
    Got fabric?

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Location
    Corpus Christi, Tx.
    Posts
    8,622
    Blog Entries
    3
    May also be able to find one at a thrift shop. Just give it a good look over. Check your local newspaper, my friend got a Featherweight for $50.00. One of the relatives couldn't get it to work and gave her a garbage bag full of scraps and parts to the machine were thrown in. She said she made out like a fat rat and she did. The machine's bobbin case wasn't in correctly. needed cleaning and she's been using it for about 6 months. She love's using it. Just gotta look!

  8. #8
    Super Member ckcowl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    9,549
    my faithful back up machine is a 1956 singer 99-K...picked it up for $20...it stitches the most perfect straight stitch imaginable- is a little work horse- I love it!...best $20 I've ever spent! when I bought it made a large lonestar and for the first time ever ---every single point is perfect, every seam meets perfectly- it is my 'dream machine' (I do have a nice $800+ Janome that is a nice machine too) but for a nice straight stitch- piecing machine the singer is great.
    hiding away in my stash where i'm warm, safe and happy
    Colleen's custom quilting; longarm services and custom quilt commissions.

  9. #9
    Junior Member racerh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Los Gatos, CA
    Posts
    254
    I was hoping not spend more than 350.00 - I will start looking around. I was so upset when I thought I would have to go a weekend without sewing. My husband got a good laugh outta that one! He was able to fix my issue and I was up and running again. I do not want to be there again!

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Posts
    162
    I have a brother sq9050 that I love and it runs around $240 at walmart. It comes with all the quilting feet too.

Page 1 of 5 1 2 ... LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.