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!

Results 1 to 18 of 18

Thread: Sewing machines for new sewers

  1. #1
    Super Member AZ Jane's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Phoenix, AZ
    Posts
    2,761

    Lightbulb Sewing machines for new sewers

    I have seen the request many times for inexpensive machines for new sewers/quilters, daughters/granddaughters. Costco currently has a Brother XR3340 for $139.99 thru Oct 27th. Not sure if they have to be purchased online or in store.

    Brother XR3340

    https://www.costco.com/Brother-XR334...utm_source=HAD
    Last edited by QuiltnNan; 10-19-2019 at 09:44 AM. Reason: make link active
    Better to do something imperfectly, than nothing perfectly.
    Done is better than perfect.

  2. #2
    Super Member SusieQOH's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2017
    Location
    Central Ohio
    Posts
    9,919
    Jane, I know nothing about Brother but I do know that Costco has an excellent return policy.
    What I've noticed lately are those Eversewn machines look really nice and not expensive either.

  3. #3
    Moderator QuiltnNan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    western NY formerly MN, FL, NC, SC
    Posts
    49,250
    Blog Entries
    53
    When the 'big box' stores sell inexpensive Brother machines, they are usually 'throw away', meaning they can't be repaired at a cost that would make it worth it
    Nancy in western NY
    before you speak T.H.I.N.K.
    T is it True? H is it Helpful? I is it Inspiring? N is it Necessary? K is it Kind?

    Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

  4. #4
    Super Member Krisb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    Asheville, previously Lake Vermilion, Tarpon Springs
    Posts
    1,417
    Blog Entries
    29
    I would go with Eversewn
    I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it difficult to plan the day.

    Kris

  5. #5
    Senior Member ladyinpurple135's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Mooresville, NC
    Posts
    405
    I think I would also go with Eversewn purchased from a dealer so you know where you can go for service, questions, etc. I visited some quilt shops in Colorado where they were having a charity sew-in and several ladies had Eversewn machines and they were very happy with them.

  6. #6
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Alturas, CA
    Posts
    8,930
    I have to agree with QuiltnNan, I'd go with the Eversew.

  7. #7
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Posts
    7,744
    Maybe so, but my Brothers have been very reliable and last for years. They are usually excellent starter machine for anyone. at a good price, too.
    A quilt is like a good life. It's full of mistakes, but, in the end, it looks pretty good.

  8. #8
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Chula Vista CA
    Posts
    6,716
    My sister bought her Brother machine through Costco many years ago and she is still using it. I did giver her a FW a few years ago which she uses as a traveling machine. I know several people that have the Brother machines bought at Walmart and are very happy with them. For someone that doesn't know if they are even going to like to sew I would hesitate to buy an expensive machine.
    You could also invest in an old Singer that has been refurbished - they are heavy and have a nice stitch.

  9. #9
    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Mableton, GA
    Posts
    9,798
    I have said on this forum many times that I am still using a Costco version Brother machine that is over 15 years old. I also have another one - a little newer and with a few more features. And a really basic one at one son’s house and a different low end one at the other son’s House and over the years none of them had any issue, didn’t need a dealer and no need to replace. I am intrigued by the Eversewn but I don’t need another machine. Mine work fine with any thread and have a nice stitch.
    Alyce

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    62
    I would say and from experience, you should always, buy from a dealer.



  11. #11
    Senior Member Maire's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    Pennsylvania
    Posts
    549
    I've had great experiences with low cost Brother machines from big box stores, they were not throw aways. Only once did one need repair, Brother dealers must repair these machines when they are still under warranty. I had no problems getting it repaired at no cost.

  12. #12
    Super Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    1,826
    Blog Entries
    1
    I am asked this question every week. For a beginner, they only need forward, reverse and a zig zag! They will figure out what bells and whistles they like for their next machine and this one will always be there as a back-up or for another beginner. I personally do not care for brother machines because they are very difficult to adjust or fix (the basic, inexpensive ones). I also discourage people from getting the very, very cheap ones that are more like toys than actual machines. You can find GREAT older machines (METAL!!) at many sewing machine shops that have been refurbished for around $100. Also, stores like Joanns run their sales on singers often and you can get a very reliable machine on sale for $119 or $149, Singer's tech support is truly bad, but their manuals are very good, simple and can get you thru most problems. Again, for a first timer, these are good machines. Then they will discover what features are important to them and can upgrade to the next level of machines.

  13. #13
    Power Poster nativetexan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    home again, after 27 yrs!
    Posts
    19,069
    Blog Entries
    2
    the remark on Dealers was a good one. some people depend on them. i'm not near a dealer either though. so i shop where I can.
    "From hence only infer that an Englishman, of all men, ought not to despise foreigners as such and I think the inference is just, since what they are today, we were yesterday, and tomorrow they will be like us"
    Daniel De Foe -The True Englishman

  14. #14
    Power Poster Onebyone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Southern USA
    Posts
    11,293
    The Brothers made for box stores are not made for dealers because there is no profit in them. They are made using the same materials at the same plant. Of course they are cheaper to make so cheaper to sell. They are not made for heavy duty or fast speed. I see a lot of Walmart Brothers at classes and I know these women have thousands of dollar machines setting at home. If they weren't good they wouldn't be using them. I like Eversewn Sparrow 30. For the money it's the best over all machine I have used and like it better then my Bernina.

    My guild had a national teacher do a workshop. When someone asked her what machine she used she said well that's a story. She said she was meeting a deadline with a quilt and her very expensive machine quit on her. It was late at night and she had to have a machine to finish. She went to Walmart bought a Brother machine that had the decorative stitch she needed and finished the quilt. She said she like the Brother machine so much she is still using it and her expensive machine is sitting in the closet still not repaired.
    Last edited by Onebyone; 10-20-2019 at 09:23 AM.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

  15. #15
    Senior Member Sheri.a's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    The Woodlands, Texas
    Posts
    521
    I love Costco and grateful for their return policy. Not sure about this machine, but in addition to asking a machine to sew the straight stitch, reverse and zig-zag, I want a machine that will sew on light fabric as well as thick. If I purchased this machine, I would test it right away to make certain it can.

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2019
    Posts
    46
    [QUOTE=Onebyone;8315830]The Brothers made for box stores are not made for dealers because there is no profit in them. They are made using the same materials at the same plant. Of course they are cheaper to make so cheaper to sell. They are not made for heavy duty or fast speed. I see a lot of Walmart Brothers at classes and I know these women have thousands of dollar machines setting at home. If they weren't good they wouldn't be using them. I like Eversewn Sparrow 30. For the money it's the best over all machine I have used and like it better then my Bernina.

    I just bought a "red machine (Bernina 215)" while they were on sale for $600. A bit pricey for a beginner....but gotta say....I am really liking this little machine....it has a heavier motor and can stitch through layers of denim. It is simple yet has enough stitches and you can easily adjust width and length and is light enough to take to class or retreats. When I was young, my mom got me a cheaper Kenmore because that was all she could afford. It was hard to use and I ended not liking sewing very much and stopped doing it for 25 years! Then I got a bottom of the line Viking and it was a joy to stitch on....so while I have fancier machines now....I think a good brand basic one would serve a beginner well in that if the machine is easy to use and works well, they just may take up sewing forever...and then that little beginner machine would be a great one to take to class....or retreats...just my two cents! Linn...

  17. #17
    Super Member
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Silicon Valley in CA
    Posts
    1,828
    I was at Costco today and saw that machine. It probably is an ok machine for a beginner. I would not be happy with it because the throat space is so small. Also, serious quilting would be hard to do on this machine because of the limited throat space. With that being said, I have been amazed at some quilts I have seen that have been done with limited throat space -- so it can be done.

  18. #18
    Power Poster Onebyone's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Southern USA
    Posts
    11,293
    My grands started sewing on a machine at age 2. I started them with a vintage Singer with no needle. They ran it fast, turned knobs, etc until the novelty of operating a machine wore off and they wanted to sew with pretty string. The eight year old has graduated to my Bernina.
    I believe giving what I can will never cause me to be in need.
    Being cheap is not a badge of honor.
    My heroes are working people, paying their own way, taking care of their children and being decent human beings.

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.