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    My son and daughter in law want a basic sewing machine for Christmas, mostly to do mending but if they like it I think they may do more with it. What are your suggestions for a good, not too expensive, not alot of whistles and bells, dependable machine. I have and love my Bernina and am not going that pricey. I've looked at a lot of Brothers, the price range is huge and I have no idea which is better than another and why. I was also thinking of a Janome. Ant suggestions would be very helpful, I don't know where to start and this board has a wealth of sewing machine experience. Thanks in advance.

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    Have you thought about a used Bernina???

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    A good basic Janome.... good workhorse!!

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    Joann's has a sale on Singers, would make a good start machine

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    Quote Originally Posted by jfowles
    My son and daughter in law want a basic sewing machine for Christmas, mostly to do mending but if they like it I think they may do more with it. What are your suggestions for a good, not too expensive, not alot of whistles and bells, dependable machine. I have and love my Bernina and am not going that pricey. I've looked at a lot of Brothers, the price range is huge and I have no idea which is better than another and why. I was also thinking of a Janome. Ant suggestions would be very helpful, I don't know where to start and this board has a wealth of sewing machine experience. Thanks in advance.
    Go to a reputable dealer and tell them what you want or need. They will be able to give you some great suggestions. I have Vikings and love them, find them very user friendly. There are many price ranges so you really need to think about what they might want or need. Just make sure you don't get one with plastic parts, they don't hold up very well. All the machines sold at WalMart, etc. have plastic internal parts and are made to be "throw-aways". This was told to me by a friend who works for WalMart and spoke to a company representative of the machines.

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    IMHO I wouldn't buy a Singer from Joanne's due to lack of support. Janomes are generally workhorses. Also there are some Brothers that seem to be liked such as the CS6000i.

    I would also consider checking older used machines that can be found at yard sales and resale shops. The older Singers are much more reliable than the newer ones.

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    Lots of good suggestions here. All the major manufacturers have basic "starter" machines that are all mechanical and not computerized, so that keeps the price down. And, for what they will probably use it for, one of the Brother models (is it Project Runway??) available at Walmart really isn't a bad choice for this purpose. Not expensive, and it doesn't seem like it will get heavy use from what you said. If it turns out either of them like to sew, then you can think about a higher-end machine in the future. But, if they don't, then it's not a lot of money tied up in a machine they don't use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scowlkat
    IMHO I wouldn't buy a Singer from Joanne's due to lack of support. Janomes are generally workhorses. Also there are some Brothers that seem to be liked such as the CS6000i.

    I would also consider checking older used machines that can be found at yard sales and resale shops. The older Singers are much more reliable than the newer ones.
    Wow, hadn't thought of that - no support! Thanks for the info, my machine was a gift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    Have you thought about a used Bernina???
    I think a used Bernina is an excellent idea. Also we really like the new Bernette line. The 12 15 20 and 25 check those out!
    The 46 is a good little machine too!

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    I think a good used machine from a reliable dealer is a great idea. They can probably get a few more bells and whistles than they would with a lower priced new machine, and sometimes if they're the "right" bells and whistles it may encourage them more more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom
    I think a good used machine from a reliable dealer is a great idea. They can probably get a few more bells and whistles than they would with a lower priced new machine, and sometimes if they're the "right" bells and whistles it may encourage them more more.
    That was my thinking. And Bernina is such a great machine.

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    I would check with your local dealer. Sometimes they have great machines they have taken as trade ins or when new models come out they discount the older model.

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    Janome all the way

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    Ditto good used from dealer

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    you can pick up nice Brother machines for $89-$159 that are good beginner/basic machines- have a variety of stitches-can do button holes- are easy to use.
    when we had the sewing school we had 5 of them and all of our students loved them- they took quite a beating too- daily use by many different people- aged 4-85...

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    I love my Pfaff.....Go to a dealer. Most have used machines.

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    For mending I would get an old singer. Growing up my neighbor used a Singer Treadle - still does and he does painting and house repairs.

    If you want something newer- look at a used Bernina.

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    I got my son a Heavy-Duty Singer for sewing on patches on his Navy uniforms. He says he likes it. I got it at Joann's on sale last year.

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    Brothers are great, if its for mending sewing i would go strictly mechanical and not spend the money on computerized. It will last them a long time with occasional use. I have a 18 year old XL-3010 that I gave to my MIL that till runs. I would just look at the reviews and go from there. I have the XL-3500i for 5 years and i love it. Got it from overstock.com for 109 i think. Where ever you get it from just make sure to take it out of the box and make sure it works because I did have to send one back to overstock because it didn't sew, they were very fast about it but you don't want to buy it now and come christmas realize it doesn't work and your 30 days or whatever has expired to return and you have to go through the manufacturer for the warranties.

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    Any dealer close to you and them so they can have support and take classes!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by littlehud
    I would check with your local dealer. Sometimes they have great machines they have taken as trade ins or when new models come out they discount the older model.
    Thats what I would do. Always stick with a dealer for support with the machine.

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    Janome!! I've been using my entry level Janome for almost twenty years now and have never needed a repair. I've moved it from the house to the RV to make room for my next step up Janome. I also bought each of my kids entry level Janome's when the left home after graduation and they all love theirs too. Very good quality machines in any price range.

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    I have a Bernina which I love. My second choice would be a Janome. Remember, Janome also makes Kenmores so you may get one at a lower price than a branded Janome.

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    I have a Brother CE4000, have had it for years, has never needed a repair, absolutely love it because it's a workhorse, and get tons of support from both the company and the local dealer. Right now they just started a sale. Don't count them out.

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