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Thread: Sewing Machines--what do you suggest?

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    [ :?: b]As a newby to this wonderful hobby, I am currently using my mom's White sewing machine. It is ancient but I learned to sew on this machine as a child and am quite familiar with and is an old friend. But, it has its drawbacks (tension requires constant supervision and it balks and groans at anything too thick) I am seriously thinking of getting a new machine. I want one that is well made (no plastic parts if possible), simple to operate----it doesn't have to have lots of fancy gadgets and attachments. But, it does have to be dependable so I can think more about sewing and less about getting the machine to work correctly. I think I'll buy something new and have been cruising E Bay but don't know if that's the best place to purchase such an important item. What kind of sewing machine would you suggest[/b]?

    THANKS!

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    Hi Joan, I have a Singer Futura sewing/embroidery machine. I only used it for embroidery untill my other Singer went to the shop for a week. So I pieced some of my blocks on the Futura while I was waiting. I absolutely love it . It has needle up/down option and with my other I had trouble feeding strips in when chain piecing, not the emb. mach. it just took them so smoothly I could hardly make myself quit! It does have a lot of fancy stitches that I may never use but some times it's fun to use some of them for some top stitching.
    Then a friend recently cohersed me into buying a basic White. Nothing fancy but seems to be a good machine and for 75.00 not a big investment if we're wrong about it.

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    Joan, A lot of the newer machines are made with plastic parts. The old reliabels for having the majority of metal and durability are both
    Singer and Bernina as far as I know. I still have my Bernina I purchased 30 years ago and it has been a work horse. My mother has her Singer still. Check out either of their sites. You can also check out www.sewingmachines.com and get an overview of machines and which will best fit your needs. Good luck, a good machine is a quilters next best friend. :D

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    Joan, I have a New Home/Janome, bought online from a dealer in MS., have been very satisfied with it. :lol:

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    my machines are all old, Kenmore and singer. Mine all from thrift stores and garage sales. All were under 10 dollars. You could buy a couple of these, and send your sick friend in to be overhauled or tuned up.
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    [b Joan:

    I have a Pfaff machine not the most expensive but expensive enough and I just love it they are well made and are very sturdy. I think you should
    go and at least have a demo on one. You will not be sorry.

    ef

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    I bought my Bernina in 1975 for $555.45, which seemed like a fortune at the time. I regularly clean and oil it. I also have had it professional adjusted about 3 or 4 times. It's absolutely the best machine I could ask for. I highly recommend a Bernina, and since they are so dependable, if you can find a used one, treat it like gold. The biggest secret is to clean and oil it REGULARLY. And once you are familiar with your own machine, why switch? I think you will find that we all love our own machines and recommend them. Shop around enough that you know what you want. S.

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    I bought my Pfaff Creative 1471 last year from E-Bay and it came with a warranty and was reconditioned when I bought it. Have had NO problems with it.
    I am a new quilter and besides that never learned to sew. THe Pfaff was very easy to learn to use. I looked for four things in a machine for quilting after doing much research. 1. the ability to drop the feed dogs for free motion quilting, 2. can sew thick or heavy fabrics easily 3. the needle down feature. 4. an even feed or walking foot.
    The 1471 comes with 99 built in stitches which I have used in machine quilting. You can also program your own. I took it to a quilting class and the teacher looked over, saw it and said: Good choice, that one's a work horse.

    hope this helps :)

    Marybeth

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    My mom started out with a brother about 27 years ago...got a new brother about 3? years ago.
    I Have about a 5 year old brother and a new Brother SE270D (sews and embroiders).

    So, we love brother and our brother's brother!
    i've never owned a singer, but I've heard great things about them, too.

    I'm not familiar with the other brands.

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    I wanted a machine that was easy to take in for repairs etc. So I bought a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire. It was 1200 dollars but worth it. It has a 10inch arm so it is soooo much easier to squeese a quilt thru. It has all the bells and whistles I need for quilting except a stictch regulator. You can buy a fabric mover with a stictch reg. but it is an expensive extra.
    Anyway I got it at Joanns. So its easy to take it in for anything I need done and for any extra attachments I might want.

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    I ahve 3 brother sewing machins the first one is great and has taken a beating when I was finishing up my last of five quilts for christmas(two weeks before christmas day) my dog got cought on the cord and took off running. the sewing maching went with him for about 5 feet. bounced twice and I cried.My husband picked it upset it on the table we had to put the belt back on but it limped throught so I could finish the quilt. I did have to take it in to be fixed later and got a brother with a push button start stop never used the foot peddle. not I have added the brother pq1500 bigger open for quilting. so sorry it long winded.

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    I have a Viking. It is 10 years old I got it when I did garment sewing so it doesn't have some of the quilting features on it. I have been trying to save up for a viking Designer 11 but it costs alot, so maybe I might think about a Bernina I belong to a small guild and over half own a bernina.Goog luck it is a hard decision to make, so take your time and go test drive. Donna

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    Yes, 3incollege I have heard really good things about Bernina and had them demonstrated for me at our local quilt shop. They were promoting the most expensive one ($3200!!!!) with far more features than I think I would ever use. They do seem to be very dependable and I've never read anything but positive comments here on the message board. I would just love to find a used one somewhere "pre-computers". I'm not sure all of the computerized stuff is that great but I admit to being technically challenged. Regardless, all of your comments are much appreciated and I do intend to "shop around". In the meantime, I'll just use my mom's old trusty White machine (even if it is tempermental, etc......)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joan
    Yes, 3incollege I have heard really good things about Bernina and had them demonstrated for me at our local quilt shop. They were promoting the most expensive one ($3200!!!!) with far more features than I think I would ever use. They do seem to be very dependable and I've never read anything but positive comments here on the message board. I would just love to find a used one somewhere "pre-computers". I'm not sure all of the computerized stuff is that great but I admit to being technically challenged. Regardless, all of your comments are much appreciated and I do intend to "shop around". In the meantime, I'll just use my mom's old trusty White machine (even if it is tempermental, etc......)
    Yes Joan, a pre-computer Bernina will last you the rest of your life. I am very happy with my 830, my sister likes her 1030, and I have heard nothing but good things about the 930. My 830 is an early 70's model I think. I advise not getting one off ebay, but finding one in a local shop where the mechanic has gone through and cleaned and adjusted everything on it. The part that amazes me is how few oil points there are in this machine. I was use to seeing Mom oil her Singer and I know from personal experience the Elna Super I have has lots of oil points.


    Anyhow, I can attest to the durability of the Berninas. If it can survive me, it can survive most anything.

    tim in san jose

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