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Thread: Sewing machine recommendations

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    Hi all,

    I'm looking for recommendations for good, but not too expensive sewing machines for piecing and fmq. I am looking to buy at least a few to use in my endeavor of teaching beginning quilting (and more). I'd like to be able to offer these classes and to include the use of the sewing machine for those who don't already have one.

    Any suggestions to which model and your reason why will be helpful.

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    Phyllis
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    What's the maximum you're willing to pay for a machine?

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    i would pick up some vintage singers if you're going to be doing classes with them.

    you can pick up the Singer 201 which pieces and the feed dog drop for FMQ for around $25-$45 depending on the condition and how complete they are (do they have a case, a cabinet, etc).

    check out craiglists for some good deals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    What's the maximum you're willing to pay for a machine?
    $200 - $300 max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabric_fancy
    i would pick up some vintage singers if you're going to be doing classes with them.

    you can pick up the Singer 201 which pieces and the feed dog drop for FMQ for around $25-$45 depending on the condition and how complete they are (do they have a case, a cabinet, etc).

    check out craiglists for some good deals.
    I'll have DH watch craiglist for them. He watches it for lots of other things.

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    Phyllis,
    The feed dogs drop on the 301's and I used mine to do FMQ right up to the time I purchased my Janome 7700. I have seen several of them on Craigslist between here and Knoxville for around $50.00. Ann in TN

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    Amazon.com has new Brothers for under $200.00. I have 2 Brother CS6000i. I like it just fine. Sometimes you can get free shipping.

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    I have a whole bunch of Singers came out of the home ec room at the MAFB in Minot ND. would cost a lot to send to you. they are just taking up space. my mom and my daughter both have one and they work fine. had books and buttonhole attach with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyjo
    I have a whole bunch of Singers came out of the home ec room at the MAFB in Minot ND. would cost a lot to send to you. they are just taking up space. my mom and my daughter both have one and they work fine. had books and buttonhole attach with.
    Wow, wish you lived closer. I will think about it though. How much would you like for them not counting shipping?
    Send me a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ncredbird
    Phyllis,
    The feed dogs drop on the 301's and I used mine to do FMQ right up to the time I purchased my Janome 7700. I have seen several of them on Craigslist between here and Knoxville for around $50.00. Ann in TN
    Thanks, I'll have DH look.

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    I think the Brother machines work really well for that price. They carry one at our Wal-Mart that comes with different quilting feet.

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    when we had the sewing school we had 5 inexpensive Brother machines ($89- $139 each)
    they were wonderful machines for our beginning sewers- had threaders- and speed control capabilities-so they could be slowed down for those with lead feet :)
    i had my expensive Viking in the shop too---but 9 times out of 10 a student would rather wait in line for one of the brothers than sit down at the viking!
    they took a beating we had students from grade school age- up to 70+ making all sorts of things- clothing- purses- home dec---and quilts.
    i will always recommend inexpensive Brother machines for a beginner sewer :)

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    Yep, still have my old brother and a new bernina and they both sit up and ready at all times !!!

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