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I am looking for a basic sewing machine.

I do not need any "bells or whistles."  

I was in a sewing machine shop and they showed me some Brother machines.

Cheapest was around $500.

I do not need 26 varieties of stitches and programmability.

Here are my wishes.

1. Able to wind the bobbin
2. Be able to stitch heavier fabrics like denim
3. Use generic items such as bobbins, needles, etc.

 Thanks.
          

Re: Basic sewing machine
On Fri, 26 Jul 2019 23:01:00 -0700 (PDT), AK

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You don't say if you need zig-zag or straight stitch.  And how many
layers of denim do you want to go through? And is this going to be for
occasional use or are you intending volume production?

Re: Basic sewing machine
On Sat, 27 Jul 2019 02:47:18 -0400, J. Clarke

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Good questions.   I might also consider  
 electronics  vs  non-electronic   in a basic new machine.

 I have had quite good luck in finding older machines
that are in very good condition  -  including  Swiss made
Elna   from  early 1970's  ;  German made  Pfaff
  < from  1990's  I think >  Bernina seem to demand a premium
in my area.  My price range to purchase is  ~  $ 25.  -  $ 50.
One of the Elnas came in a beautiful sewing desk  for  $ 100.
    John T.

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This is the hive minds answer to which Sewing machine should I buy?
The eternal question.
https://clairessewing.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/which-sewing-machine-should-i-buy/

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Claire in Montreal FRANCE
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

Re: Basic sewing machine
On 07/27/2019 06:05 AM, Claire in France wrote:

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I bought my 195x Husqvarna at an estate sale for $3.00 and later on  
found a box of genuine Husqvarna attachments at a rummage sale for  
$1.00.  It has oilite bearings (no oiling required) and a stump-pulling  
low gear.  Uses Singer bobbins and probably attachments too. It's heavy  
as hell and  I love it.  I also have a Husqvarna motorcycle :-)

I gave my 195s Singer straight-stitch machine to my granddaughter, but I  

bet she never uses it.  Those things are bulletproof too.  Things in  
general were simpler and better back then.  OTOH, I haven't tried a new  
sewing machine so maybe I'm wrong.

That being said, My cheapest-model Brother laser printer has been going  
strong since 2009.  It feels light and cheap, but it hasn't failed me  
yet and I've run through 2.5 toner cartridges so far.  If I were going  
to buy a new machine I'd probably go with a Brother from WalMart.

--  
Cheers, Bev
    There is no such thing as a foolproof device
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Re: Basic sewing machine
On Monday, July 29, 2019 at 12:00:15 AM UTC-5, The Real Bev wrote:
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thanks. Walmart has a Brother for around a $100.

Andy

Re: Basic sewing machine
On 7/27/2019 2:01 AM, AK wrote:
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Find your self a Singer 15-91 no belt geared motor. Used machines garage  
sales etc cheap to maybe $100.00


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Ron Anderson A1 Sewing Machine www.a1sewingmachine.com

Re: Basic sewing machine

If it was originally painted black and it's still running, you can't
kill it.

If it isn't still running, odds are that all you need to do is to lift
the needle plate and pick out the lint.

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Joy Beeson
joy beeson at comcast dot net
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Re: Basic sewing machine
On 07/29/2019 06:24 PM, Joy Beeson wrote:

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Or tighten up the bobbin-winding knob :-) A little oil in all the right  
places couldn't hurt, though.

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Cheers, Bev
         Save the whales for dessert

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