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Subject: Sewing machine?
Date Posted: 10/13/2010 9:00 AM ET
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Does anyone have advice on what sewing machine to buy?  I don't want to spend much.  I need something my girls (11 and 13) can use.   We make costumes, quilts, crafts......    any suggestions would be great.   Thanks!

I stopped into a sewing store yesterday and was shown a beautiful machine that did everything for you.  No thinking needed - the machine does it.  You don't even need to step on a pedal!   BUT $9,000.00 is a bit much for my budget and I enjoying some thinking now and then!   ;o)

Date Posted: 10/15/2010 3:05 PM ET
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I think Kenmore(sears)  has the best beginner machines for the money.  They are very user friendly. 

Date Posted: 10/19/2010 9:54 PM ET
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I have a Brother machine from Walmart.  I think it was $60 or so.  It has worked great.  I sews through multiple layers of flannel just fine.  I have broken a few needles by trying to make it sew through too much, too fast, but that's okay (denim isn't fun, but then again it never is).  If you're not wanting to do anything fancy, I'd recommend something like this for a starter.  You can always upgrade later.

Last Edited on: 10/20/10 9:16 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/20/2010 11:10 AM ET
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I agree with the Sears Kenmore rec.  I bought a cheapy $100 machine from Walmart, and the thing is fussy and loud.  My mom got a free Sears Kenmore from Freecycle and I've been using it for years now... it's a VERY basic older model.  For $9,000 you must have been looking at an embroidery/coverstitch machine or something.  I would check your local craigslist for a basic machine to get started on....

Date Posted: 11/17/2010 9:33 PM ET
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I agree with the others.  I had a Sears Kenmore and it worked great for years.  All a beginning sewer needs is a machine that sews forward, backward, and zig zags.  All the other fancy stitches will rarely, if ever, be used.  Singer also has some bottom of the line machines that are great and dependable.

Subject: Check your local Goodwill or VOA type stores first
Date Posted: 11/23/2010 11:48 PM ET
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If you call around you may be able to get a used sewing machine for as little as $10 bucks.  You can even try them in the store to make sure they work first.  This way if you do something to it that it breaks, or worse, decide this isn't fun.  You aren't out a lot of bucks.

Date Posted: 11/29/2010 1:01 PM ET
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I would go for a Bernina....  pricey if you get new but they always have trade in machines.  It sounds like you want to do more then just basic every now and then sewing, I'd try to go for a bit of quality and just get an older or more basic machine.