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Thread: What sewing machine to buy?

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    I can't afford an expensive machine right now. But Walmart has two, one Brother, and one Singer. They are both pretty good straight stitch machines. Which one do you think would be the best to buy?

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    Brother. Singer's gotten a pretty bad rap lately...OR I'd look for a vintage machine...(my personal choice).

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    Thanks. After having a top of the line Viking, anything else will be hard to get used to. But at least it will let me sew up something.

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    I also would get a Brother.

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    I would get the Brother also. Bought a Singer at WM and always was a pain. Sold it and bought a vintage machine...well several!! LOL

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    Thanks, everyone.

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    i bought the Brother and am happy with it

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    I would find a sewing machine dealer or repair place and buy a good used one that the dealer will warranty &/or throw in some freebies with it.

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    Definitely the Brother!

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    I'd search your local Craigs List for a used, good machine and drag someone with you to pick it up:> You can usually find a quality, vintage machine in the $20-$50 range that will last forever.

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    I would get a vintage. You can pick up a nice used one really reasonable - 100 or less.

    Yes it may not have the automatic threader and cutter as I see on the newer models.

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    I have decided not to buy another new sewing machine. I bought a Memory Craft 7000 when they came out in the 90's. My daughter wanted to know if I would give her my machine when I was finished with it. I told her I was never going to be finished using it. I went on eBay and found a 2nd one that was like new. I gave d. the machine I bought new. Then later I bought a 2nd one...identical. Now I have 2 of those New Home machines in my sewing room, along with an earlier model, the 6000.

    some of the older machines are real work horses and unless you need or want all the fancy stitches, get yourself a good machine that is known to be reliable. I can understand why so many people on this board are crazy about the old machines. Mine was one of the first computerized machines and has served me well.

    Consider buying a good used one...and ask around, the members here will tell you what they have that they love and would not part with.

    June in Cincinnati

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    Brother, singers I have heard are just junk. I love my brother machines, none of them have ever given me any trouble. My MIL was sewing on my 17year old cheapo brother last week that I gave to her.

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    If I had to choose, I'd pick the Brother. I would only buy an older model Singer....

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    I would suggest checking out the Kenmore's at your local Sears if you have one. Their machines are really tough and very reasonable.

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    I would not hesitate to get the Brother. I sew on 3 dinky mechanical Brothers and they are all very obedient. they are not fussy with thread or cleaning the lint. they sew through anything.

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    The older Pfaffs are great machines. I use my 1986 Pfaff Creative 1471 all the time and would buy another one if I could find it. It is a real workhorse.

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    My Daughter bought a Brother, simple with an extension table. She has used it to make 10 or 12 quilts and has never been serviced and it just keeps working. She has had good luck with it.

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    I would opt for Brother.I have a Brother and find it a good machine.

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    I would get vintage also. Ann in TN

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    I bought a Brother at Walmart so I wouldn't have to take my machine back and forth to Denver. It works very well. I have had no problems with it. Cost less than $100. Not all Walmart's carry sewing machines. You can order it on line to be picked up at the store nearest you. No shipping charge that way. There is a very good selection.

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    For $300 you can get a Janome. Anyone have an opinion on this one?

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    Not the Singer

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    I would see if you could find a better used machine on craigslist...just a thought.

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    Janome and Singer are not by the same company, are they?

    I have vintage machines but don't think I can machine quilt on them. Any advice?

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