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    Hey there! Very new to quilting.

    So new I don't even have a proper machine yet, which is how I found this site actually. I'm researching for a good beginner machine under $400. I'm looking forward to reading through this forum!

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    Welcome from Ontario, Canada. If I was just starting to sew, I might pick up a machine at Walmart or similar to see if I actually liked sewing. You might ask around to see if anyone in your family has an old machine that they want to get rid of (that works) and has all the parts.

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    My advice would be to not spend that much on a machine and save the money for fabric which gets very expensive. There are many used machines on sites such as craigs list, or perfectly good new machines at walmart. I still sew on an old kenmore I bought 30 years ago and at that time it was one of the least expensive sears had. Of course if you don't have to watch your money the fancy machines would be awesome to have but certainly not necessary .

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    I agree with Tartan - see if someone in your family has a machine you can borrow or purchase from them. I've recently begun this hobby myself and am using my mom's old machine. She can't see that well anymore and doesn't use it. But she can offer suggestions from time to time so it's been nice. If I stick with this for a full year, I plan to buy a nicer machine then. Good luck and hope you find what you are looking for.

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    Hello, welcome from Nevada.
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    Hello and welcome from eastern PA!

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    Welcome to QUILTING!!!!!!!!!!! I love old Singers, I have a sort of expensive Pfaff for everyday, but for beginners I love Janome machines. You don't need expensive to achieve a beautiful end product. Keep quilting. It is art, it is expression, it is therapy, it is improvisation, it is a revelation, it is creativity, it is YOU on fabric. You will discover your evolvement of yourself. This form of expression is truly AMAZING. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! God Bless, Sophie
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    Welcome from Alaska...you will love this site...

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    Welcome from Texas! Good luck finding a starter machine. I have seen some nice Janome and Brother machines ....Both new and used that were very reasonable.

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    Hi from Ohio!
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    Welcome from Spring, Texas

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    Welcome from OHIO!
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    Welcome from the SHO-ME state - Missouri - in the USA. Where are you located? I started my sewing experience by buying a cheap, used sewing machine from a sewing machine store - they sold new and used machines. I would "trade up" when I had some money and wanted a nicer machine.
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    welcome from se TX
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    Welcome from Adrian, MI

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    Welcome from SC Texas. I have a Singer 401A I bought new in 1958 and it has been a wonderful machine all this time. I also have a Brother I bought at Wal Mart that has all the quilting feet and things for quilting and have been happy with it. I only payed 169.00 for it. I hope you find one you like and get started soon.

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    Hello, welcome from NC. I have a Janome, a Brother 6600 (for the fancy stitches) and a Kenmore that I've been using for 20 years. The Kenmore is my workhorse (weighs a ton), but the Janome is what I take to quilt guild because it's so much lighter to carry. You don't have to go very expensive to have a really good, reliable machine. I agree, save your money for fabric. Once the quilt bug bites you........'nuff said!! Glad you found us.
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    Welcome to the board from New Hampshire!
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    Welcome from Tennessee, you have found the right place for any inspiration and questions you need.
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    Welcome from western NY and happy quilting
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    Welcome to the board! You can get a nice one at Walmart for under $200. Check the Local quilt shops. I got a Singer for $200.00 about 10 years ago. Take your time. I practiced with new machine doing some small strip quilts with scrap material. You can go to YouTube and search quilting for beginners. I'm not new at it but still enjoy watching the videos. This board is like an encyclopedia of quilting information. Sit back in the morning with your morning Joe and enjoy. Afternoon and evening nice beverages of choice. I like to have a conversation with Bud and/or The Bailey's and enjoy.

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    Hi from coastal Georgia!

    I picked up 2 machines last week from family and saw several machines at a mission store in central Indiana. Those machines were selling for $25 to $30 and had been cleaned and checked out. If I didn't already have 4 machines, I would have probably bought one of them.

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    Greetings and Welcome from Minnesota!
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