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    Default Tell me about your sewing machine :)

    I need a new sewing machine and am feeling bamboozled by options. I have recently learnt to sew on a basic target machine that has now died.

    I would be using it mainly for alterations, basic toddler clothes and school costumes, etc, so pretty basic sewing.

    Tell me about your machine. What can it do, what features do you love, use heaps, and which features could you do without.

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    Mine is a Brother, don't know what model but it's purple. My mum gave it to me. Very basic.

    I almost fell over when I saw a great Singer machine on catch of the day for $399. Thought about buying it and keeping the old one as a 'spare' lol.

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    i got a fantastic one 2 years ago from Aldi its fully computerised and bargin price. I have not seen them at aldi since tho

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    ohhh, the catch of the day Singer machine is still available, and I'm quite tempted.

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    I have been sewing for....(let me think) OMG...it's more than 30 years!

    In my experience, I have found that for most things, you just need a straight stitch and a zigzag...all these lovely computerised ones are great if you want to do alot of machine embroidery, or quilting...

    Sewing machines are a bit like cars, in that you want a well known brand (Janome and Brother are some I saw mentioned, and they are great) just so you can get parts, bobbins that fit, etc

    If you buy your machine from a reputable seller, they usually include free lessons on how to use all the features (the more features, the more free lessons)

    Fortunately, sewing machines are one of those things that have come down in price and up in quality over the last 10 years, so you should be able to get a good one for $200 - $300.

    If you are going to sew costumes and clothing for every day wear, I would recommend an overlocker...about another $300...but you can get by with a zigzag stitch and a pair of pinking shears (knowing what you are doing? Priceless!)

    I love sewing! Have fun!

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    Mine is 100 years old and still going strong I want to get a new one soon though. I'm wondering wether to just get a sewing machine or one that does embroidering too.. Hmmm... Mum has a Newish brother and I like it, very easy to use.

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    I'm so glad I saw this thread.. I've just recently decided I want to sew... And didn't even know how much machines are..

    I do know that my local spotlight is selling off old demo stock.. So must check it out!

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    I got one recently for my birthday. It's a Janome, on sale for $499, $100 off! My sister picked it out for me. It does some fancy things like one step button holes and came with a quilting foot.
    I'm very much a beginner though and have only made some very basic things so far.

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    I've got a 25+ year old Elna that is still going strong. Last time I had it serviced, the guy said I should never get rid of it, that they don't make machines like it anymore. So, you could look at getting a second hand one.
    I generally use the straight and zigzag stitches and occasionally the buttonhole- you don't need all the fancy stitches. I use an overlocker for edges- babylock ones are awesome.

    But if I had a spare $500, I'd buy the 160th anniversary singer- it's so retro cool!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cindye View Post
    I've got a 25+ year old Elna that is still going strong. Last time I had it serviced, the guy said I should never get rid of it, that they don't make machines like it anymore. So, you could look at getting a second hand one.
    I have actually been looking on gumtree/eBay to try and get an older one.. Thing is I have no idea what's good and what's not!!


 

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