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Thread: Anyone with cheap sewing machine advice?

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    Senior Member LovinMySoldier's Avatar
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    I want to get a new sewing machine. Something with a few more stitches and a little more options. My first machine was a

    Singer Tradition 2250 Portable Sewing Machine

    I am currently looking at maybe buying this one from Walmart

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-50...chine/14237605

    I can't afford to spend much more than 150 bucks. I love my simple little singer. It works really well. Just kind of want a little upgrade but still nothing too advanced. This machine has a bunch of great reviews. Thanks!

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    I have one that is very similiar and I think it sews well, I just use my more expensive ones more.
    Good Luck!

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    Have you looked into re-conditioned machines or trade-ins? Your local quilt shop or sewing machine dealer may have some. Thrift stores sometimes have great buys on machines. They may not be pretty, but as long as they work well.

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    I You are going for a Brother...try Amazon

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-CS6000...4003530&sr=8-1

    I purchase mine through Amazon...great price plus free shipping...

    And I love, love, love, this machine

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    I started out with a Brother machine from Wal-mart and was really pleased with it. I sewed on it for about 4 years and last year hubby let me buy a new Baby Loc Quilter's Dream sewing machine so I gave the Brother to my daughter. It was very versatile and accurate and I thought was a great bang for the buck Good luck!

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    I have 2 brothers and love them. The one you are looking at looks real nice, I'm gonna have to start saving for an upgrade now.

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    Have you looked at the Kenmores at Sears? Mine was the exact same as Janome's, and has been great.

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    I have this machine. I don't use it much now because I got the Brother SQ-9000. I have never had a problem with it. I really like it. Last time I checked Overstock had them too.

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    You can buy a nice Kenmore made by Janome

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...1&blockType=G1

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    Do look at a used machine. Check the area dealers or the local sew & vac. They have great models often come with a warenty. I would spend the $ on a good used machine that you can get serviced from where you purchased. The newer machines at the lower end of the price specturm have alot of plastic parts that do not hold up over time. There really are lots of really great used machines that get turned in when an owner wants to upgrade.
    No matter what you choose ...test drive the machine. Bring fabric/batting that you would be using and take it for a "spin".
    I still have a used machine bought for 50 dollars over 35 years ago .. it has all metal parts... some special stiches and just will not quit.

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    There's a nice Kenmore that goes on sale for around $179-ish. Regularly $249.99. Many reviews online.

    Kenmore Drop-In Bobbin Sewing Machine - 90 Stitch Functions, Built-in 1-Step Buttonhole
    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...G3#reviewsWrap

    Somewhere online is a demonstration video created by a regular gal. I know I saw it on the board months ago but can't find it. Not on youtube.

    Hope you find something you like!

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    I have a Brother that I bought from Wal-Mart. Am extremely pleased with it. Have had no problems whatsoever.

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    When my good machine just cost to much to repair, I purchased the Brother you are thinking about. For the price I don't think you can bet it. I used my for almost a year before I invested in a BabyLock. The Brother worked just fine for me. It is now my travel and back-up sewing machine.
    Last week I had 6 11 year old girls learning to sew on it. It survived just fine.

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    Thanks for the help. You all gave me several other options to now consider.

    Mimi Baby Yow is that the machine that you bought?

    And for those of you that have bought a machine second hand how much issues did you have? I really don't want like any hassle at all. At this point in my life I would almost rather buy a cheaper machine brand new and have it work for a year or two then to buy a used great machine that I would have to take in and have it serviced and what not. Thanks for all the input. I truly value it all.

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    I had a low-end Brother and passed it on to a friend who used to sew on industrial machines. She says she loves it.

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    I have a similar model and a couple of guild members have the Cs6000i mentioned. They make great machines to carry to classes and I am sure would be wonderful as primary machines. One was purchased at Wal-Mart that I know of and I bought mine through ebay for a great price - new. Probably not supposed to mention a dealer by name but will anyway - Ken's Sewing Center in Muscle Shoals, AL is a great dealer and can often make you a deal on a new machine at a great price because they are extremely high volue. Their website is: kensewingcenter.com. Speak to Kevin or Jeremy. They are great. I have been doing business with them for 35 years.

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    Although you've received great advice. Mine would be go with what you are most comfortable with as you are the one paying for and using the machine. Remember you can take it home with you and try it out from Wal Mart and if you're not happy you can take it back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    I want to get a new sewing machine. Something with a few more stitches and a little more options. My first machine was a

    Singer Tradition 2250 Portable Sewing Machine

    I am currently looking at maybe buying this one from Walmart

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-50...chine/14237605

    I can't afford to spend much more than 150 bucks. I love my simple little singer. It works really well. Just kind of want a little upgrade but still nothing too advanced. This machine has a bunch of great reviews. Thanks!
    You want to watch out for those macines at Wal Mart, Target, etc. The internal parts are plastic and wear out fast. If you only sew occasionally they would be fine, but for quilting I would suggest you look for a used machine that has been reconditioned. Check your local dealers, they often have trade-ins, and can help you find one in your price range and needs. A friend used to work at the WalMart fabric dept. and told me she had several people bring their machines back because they broke the first or 2nd time they were used.

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    the young people in my world all own brother machines from walmart, the least expensive $89 the most expensive $139...there are 5 of them, and they have all held up well, with lots of different kinds of sewing done on them, they are user friendly, easy to maintain and work very well. 2 of them even had speed control so i could slow them down for the younger kids to use.
    I always recommend an inexpensive brother machine for a new 'seamstress' it s a good beginner machine and will hold up for a few years until you are ready to upgrade, or if you decide after some time you no longer want to sew you are not out alot and still have it for mending ect.
    i do recommend a new inexpensive machine; you can study the book and learn it without dealing with someone else's broke in machine.

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    Get the best Kenmore you can get for your money...you won't be sorry.

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    I broke down and bought the $89 Brother at Wal-Mart this summer and I had no problems with it.

    It was light and never gave me any hassles!

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    Bought an inexpensive Brother around 30 years ago and never had any problem so I just bought another at Costco and passed the old one on to DGD.

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    I know I posted already but I wanted to let you know that I use my brother LS-60 like a work horse. I do all my sewing and piece quilting on it. After I sandwich a quilt I pull out my other brother and quilt on it only because it is easier to move a quilt thru it. As long as you oil it and clean it on a regular basis it will last for years. If you haven't had one then please don't down it because it really is a work horse.

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    Hi, I have this machine and I love it, I have had it for a couple of weeks now and it works really great, I wanted to upgrade and this is was the only machine that they had at the time, so I bought it and I really love it. I am like you I can't afford one of those really expensive ones which I would love to have, so this one works great for me.

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    That machine on Amazon, i paid full price for it last year for one of my granddaughters. Cost me almost $500. with taxes etc. That is a fantastic buy at that price almost half off. It is a great machine does alot of what the more expensive machines do great stitches.

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