Go Back  Quiltingboard Forums > Main
recommendations for basic machine >

recommendations for basic machine

recommendations for basic machine

Old 10-19-2012, 04:49 PM
Thread Starter
Join Date: Oct 2012
Posts: 2
Default recommendations for basic machine

anyone have a recommendation for a new machine, not too technical, i'm interested in basic sewing and
would like to machine piece and free motion quilt...?
morningglory is offline  
Old 10-19-2012, 05:04 PM
Super Member
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Iowa
Posts: 2,101

how much are you willing to spend??? You could buy a used machine from a dealer or private party or you could buy one from walmart
newbee3 is offline  
Old 10-19-2012, 06:03 PM
Senior Member
Patti25314's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: threading a needle or pulling a weed
Posts: 483

My LQS sells refurbished Singers for great prices. Even if you don't want to spend much, spend those dollars wisely. Take the machine for a test drive. If you like the feel of it, you're probably good. For FMQ, you either want feed dogs that drop or be prepared to do the plastic card cover method. Just make sure you can get a darning foot to use for FMQ.
Patti25314 is offline  
Old 10-19-2012, 07:03 PM
Super Member
AliKat's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Posts: 2,943

Make a list of wants and needs. Also realistically look at how much you are able to spend. Browse LQS's and sewing machine stores. Remember some owners trade up rather quickly if they have the financial resources, so a used machine may be a great buy. Take your time. If possible make the lookings 'outings' and treat yourself while you are out. Negotiate where possible. Take a notebook with you so you can keep track of what you like/want.

Check that the store where you buy your machine has classes and ongoing help free of charge.

You find many who are only going to recommend a particular brand over another. There are Pfaff lovers, Bernina lovers, FW lovers, etc. Find what works best for you.

Sometimes quilt guild/group members have gently used machine they want to sell and are just looking for that 'right person' to appear. Word of mouth is very helpful.

Personally I avoid the net because that is me. However there are some good buys 'out there' if you take the time to look. Estate/garage sales sometimes have great buys as the average attendee isn't into sewing/quilting. [This is where I got my good 'ol FW.]

AliKat is offline  
Old 10-19-2012, 07:45 PM
Power Poster
Jingle's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Outside St. Louis
Posts: 36,517

No ideas.

Welcome to this wonderful board, you will love it here.
Jingle is offline  
Old 10-19-2012, 08:41 PM
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Montclair, New Jersey
Posts: 19

Garage sales always have used machines, but a lot of times they have been sitting around a long time and need a tune-up! Your local vac and sew always has used machines for around $100. But you have to know how much you are willing to spend first a foremost.

If it is a new machine, be very careful, brands that were amazing years ago are not as good as they were once.
irishredhed is offline  
Old 10-19-2012, 09:27 PM
Super Member
Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 1,703

Since you're a beginner, I would stay away from the machines that can practically do everything. At least for now. Not that there's anything wrong with those machines, but you should discover whether or not you actually like machine sewing before buying something a little 'fancier'. I think its best to buy a basic machine and upgrade later if you wanted than to buy the machine that can do everything and find that you never even use the extra features, thus finding you wasted your money. But no matter what machine you buy, always do your research.

I bought a Brother LX2500 a couple months ago. I think it was $80 at Wal-Mart. I don't free motion quilt so I'm not sure how well it would do with that, but I can say its perfect for basic sewing and machine piecing. So far I've started five different cosplay costumes and did some test piecing for my fiance's quilt. And its easy to use. I'd definitely recommend this machine for the beginner or someone who doesn't need much to get their sewing done.
Flying_V_Goddess is offline  
Old 10-20-2012, 03:03 AM
Super Member
117becca's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: dayton OH
Posts: 1,911

Hit the Goodwill/Salvation Army/Garage Sales and find a machine. I have an sixties Singer 247, it straight and zig-zags and has the ability to free motion quilt. Cost: free....
117becca is offline  
Old 10-20-2012, 06:36 AM
Super Member
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Norfolk, VA
Posts: 5,397

Viking just came out with two Opals that would be great for quilting or sewing. Also, since they've just came out with new models alot of LQS will have either trade-ins or last yr models. I would ck into that; rather its viking or a different one. You get a warranty and classes
romanojg is offline  
Old 10-20-2012, 05:39 PM
Super Member
Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southern California
Posts: 6,203

First you need to tell us budget because machines have huge price differences. I love brothers, low end I love my sq-9050 mid range if you have , around $400 I would go brother PC-420 has some awesome features, if you are looking high end just sewing you could go for a Laura Ashley nx-2000 which will run you $1800 my machine the dream weaver can run you over $5000 so there is a huge range but I have loved all my machines it's just what you budgeting for yourself
Dolphyngyrl is offline  
Related Topics
Thread Starter
Last Post
10-15-2015 08:34 AM
10-21-2012 12:14 PM
Links and Resources
05-01-2011 11:50 PM
01-29-2011 07:34 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

FREE Quilting Newsletter

SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.