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Thread: What is the best straight stitche sewing machine?

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    What is the best straight stitche sewing machine?

    So I have been looking on online for good sewing machines for me to piece on that way if I need to get my other sewing machine cleaned I can have a back up. I have looked at several but before ordering I would like to know if you have used these sewing machine's or know anything about them. I have read and researching them for a couple weeks know.

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-XR9500...VV5HP4KX3EK68Y

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKKPW3K?psc=1

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-XR1355...sewing+machine

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    If you are only looking for a good straight stitch, I would skip all of those machines and purchase a vintage Singer in good working condition. Check your local Craigslist, E-Bay, and GoodWill stores. You should be able to pick up a machine for $50 or under that needs some cleaning, or a machine that is cleaned and ready to go for under $200 ... with a cabinet.

    Models 15 & 15-91 are good strong machines that can sew a beautiful straight stitch. The 15-91 is gear driven (no belts) and providing you keep it in good working order (oiled and cleaned), it will go forever. It's a fairly large and heavy machine. Another fantastic full size Singer is the model 201. I wish I had a 201 in my collection.

    The model 99 is a smaller (3/4 size) machine and is also a nice machine.

    The 401 and 221 (featherweight) are smaller and lighter weight machines, but both sew a great straight stitch. The featherweights are harder to come by at reasonable prices - expect to pay upwards of $200. The bonus for both of these machines is the portability - easier to travel with.
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    While I agree with DogHouseMom mostly, don't overlook vintage Japanese machines. I've got several 1950's Brother machines that will rival any Singer for stitch quality ( I have several Singers too) and can usually be found for less $$.
    I can't really comment on the machines you're looking at, but for just a basic back up any of them might fit the bill.

    Cari

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    I can tell you that I have a bunch of low end Brother machines and they are very good. I have the first one on your list and although I don't use it much in favor of a different low end Brother I am very pleased with all of them. I also collect and spruce up a few vintage machines. I have a featherweight, a 301, a 401, a very old red eye, a 15 without a motor that shares the treadle cabinet with the red eye, a 66 in a cabinet and a sew handy. The vintage ones took me years to collect. If you want something faster go for a Brother. If you have time to spare search out a vintage. It is easy to think you can just find a good vintage. And maybe you can. That has not been my experience. Good luck whichever way you go.
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    Thank you Stitchnripper, I will defiantly looking in to buying the first one just wanted some incite and yes I would love the get vintage machines, but haven't been able to get one. The lady that I wanted to buy it from was too far away for me to buy it from her.

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    I have a Juki and Babylock Jane. Both straight stitch only. They are all I use and I love both of them. I have four other machines, these are my favorites.
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    My old Pfaff makes a beautiful straight stitch! IDT is the way to go!

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    Although proponents of vintage machines have a low regard for the new machines....I will duck as machine parts come flying over my head....my feelings are get a NEW reasonably priced, good rep machine as a traveler or a backup or even the everyday go to machine.....vintage is for those who want to collect.......thought I really wanted a FW until I bought it...NOT!!!! Love my new plastic ones better!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DogHouseMom View Post
    If you are only looking for a good straight stitch, I would skip all of those machines and purchase a vintage Singer in good working condition. Check your local Craigslist, E-Bay, and GoodWill stores. You should be able to pick up a machine for $50 or under that needs some cleaning, or a machine that is cleaned and ready to go for under $200 ... with a cabinet.

    Models 15 & 15-91 are good strong machines that can sew a beautiful straight stitch. The 15-91 is gear driven (no belts) and providing you keep it in good working order (oiled and cleaned), it will go forever. It's a fairly large and heavy machine. Another fantastic full size Singer is the model 201. I wish I had a 201 in my collection.

    The model 99 is a smaller (3/4 size) machine and is also a nice machine.

    The 401 and 221 (featherweight) are smaller and lighter weight machines, but both sew a great straight stitch. The featherweights are harder to come by at reasonable prices - expect to pay upwards of $200. The bonus for both of these machines is the portability - easier to travel with.
    I totally agree with this. I have several 15-91's, 201's, featherweight's, 301's and they are all terrific at straight stitch sewing. They are also very easy to maintain and rarely need a repairman.

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    I picked up a barely used Husqvarna viking for $150 off craigslist, doesn't have all the bells and whistles but it purrrs like a kitten, just love it. freesia 415. I was able to find an instructional video on line before purchasing. The poor woman bought it new then lost most of her vision. Her son had it posted for a year, can't believe my luck.

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    I also want to put in my vote for a vintage machine, I believe that their stitches will put to shame any new machine.

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    I agree that vintage machines are nifty. But if someone wants to start sewing and not go on a long quest to find a decent vintage machine that works then a newer one could be a starting place while the quest continues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hairquilt View Post
    My old Pfaff makes a beautiful straight stitch! IDT is the way to go!
    Absolutely! Get a machine with both upper and lower feed dogs. You'll never regret it. For years, Pfaff was the only brand of machine with them, now some others have top feed dogs built in (so you never need a walking foot, and top and bottom fabrics feed at the same rate. Thus, piecing points match!). I know Babylock makes some machines with top and bottom feed dogs built in, and some of the Janome machines have them as well. Not sure if there are others brands now. Just fyi, both my piecing machines have built in top feed dogs. The newer one is a Babylock and the other an older Pfaff. Once I experienced the joy of piecing with both feed dogs, there was no going back!

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    I bought a 9 inch throat Janome on Craigslist. It sews 1600 stitches a minute. Awesome!

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    I bought an old Singer 15-91 last summer and love it. The tension is forgiving, the stitches are beautiful and it is working really well for my FMQ. I'm new to sewing and bought the Singer for quilting because we were making the move to Ecuador and I wanted a machine that my husband could take care of for me. It is simple to use, runs like a champ and doesn't look like it will ever need a sewing machine repair person.

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    I agree with others. Skip the new Brother machines and either purchase a vintage Singer or a new Juki. I have both and they are definitely my favorites.mi also have a Husquavarna and a Brother. I use the Husquavarna for decorative or zigzag work and have not had the Brother out for a couple years. I really do not care for the Brother as I find it hard to trouble shoot when there is a problem with it.

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    I have several vintage Singers, and all of them have been GIVEN to me. Never paid a cent for them. I suggest you tell everyone you know that you are looking for an old machine, and I just bet Aunt Betty or Fred from down the street will tell you they found one in their Grandmother's attic. One of my dear QB friends was talking to me on the phone while she and her DH were on their way to church and saw an old machine in a front yard. Long story short, they picked it up for $5, cabinet was worth much more than that. I cleaned it up and it is in my bedroom in front of the TV. That is by far my favorite machine. My DS emailed me from work one day asking me if I wanted an old Singer portable that someone found while cleaning her Aunt's attic out. Another wonderful find. They are heavy machines but the straight stitch can't be beat. They are very easy to maintain, no dealer necessary. I love my electronic machines, but for a plain old machine, nothing beats an old Singer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    Although proponents of vintage machines have a low regard for the new machines....I will duck as machine parts come flying over my head....my feelings are get a NEW reasonably priced, good rep machine as a traveler or a backup or even the everyday go to machine.....vintage is for those who want to collect.......thought I really wanted a FW until I bought it...NOT!!!! Love my new plastic ones better!!!
    You don't have to duck, GeriB! I do everything except appliqué on my vintage singers, but also have two modern Janome machines! I think the advantage of the vintage machines is no plastic gears to break. They are all metal. The advantage to modern machines are all the decorative stitches and most are light weight.
    For vintage I would recommend: singer 15-91, 201, 301, or a Featherweight (sorry, GeriB, I love mine).
    For modern, I would recommend a Brother or Janome machine. I had a Brother 6000ci that was very good, but the needle always defaulted to the left and I would forget to center it when I had a straight stitch foot on. Broke a lot of needles that way, but otherwise a great little low cost machine! I think the more expensive Brothers default to the center.
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    Buy a machine that only does a straight stitch. The ones that can zig zag will have a slight zig if you look at them closely through a microscope. Old vintage machines are hard to beat!

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    I love my Singer Feather Weight for straight line piecing. My DH got mine off Ebay. I went to a FW class and I know how to take it apart, replace the belt and oil it. Just my 2 cents - Susan

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    Quote Originally Posted by lclang View Post
    Buy a machine that only does a straight stitch. The ones that can zig zag will have a slight zig if you look at them closely through a microscope. Old vintage machines are hard to beat!
    .....slight "zig". Where/how. Don't have a microscope....don't want to buy one either......

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    Quote Originally Posted by oklahomamom2 View Post
    So I have been looking on online for good sewing machines for me to piece on that way if I need to get my other sewing machine cleaned I can have a back up. I have looked at several but before ordering I would like to know if you have used these sewing machine's or know anything about them. I have read and researching them for a couple weeks know.

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-XR9500...VV5HP4KX3EK68Y

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AKKPW3K?psc=1

    http://www.amazon.com/Brother-XR1355...sewing+machine
    I have found that my Singer 301 is excellent for the job. It is a basic machine forward and backward only. The feed dogs can go down so you can machine quilt, Very little goes wrong with it as it is a basic machine. If you are a speed demon, this is the machine for you but you have great control of fabric.
    It is like a souped up Featherweight--

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    I've been quite happy with low end Brother machines. Usualky I end up passing them on to friends or family needing a machine. Lol!

    However I will hang on for dear life to my Featherweight! I use it almost exclusively.

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    Love my Singer 15-91. (Paid $80 in a cabinet with no attachments.) And love my Pfaff. I totally agree, I am also spoiled with the IDT.
    My next machines will be a Singer 201-2 and a Juki 2010Q.
    If you do go the vintage route I strongly recommend purchasing a walking foot, wished I bought mine much sooner. Found it cheaper online vs local store. Good luck!

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    I have the Brother XR9500, I've had it for a while and love it. Have used some of the decorative stitches and it works great. I bought it as a back up and to take to classes because it is lightweight compared to my other machines. I also have a featherweight, I use it but it is mostly for looks. I like the Brother because you can just about take it to any sewing machine repair shop for service and parts are usually available. With the featherweight service and parts in my area are hard to come by.

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