Advice re Sewing Machine

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Hello --

I've been lurking awhile, this is my first post.  I need to buy an
inexpensive, simple, lightweight sewing machine to carry to quilting
classes. I presently have an old Singer which works okay but weighs a
ton-and-a-half, it's a killer to schlep around.  I've seen several
inexpensive machines in the stores which I know will not be the greatest
machines but for this purpose might be fine.  Does anyone have any
experience / recommendations?  I'm hoping to keep it to under $200... my
other ulterior motive for keeping it cheap is that I'm asking Santa for a
nice new "real" machine so don't want to spend much in the meantime.

Thanks!
Cindi


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Are you going to quilt on this machine , or just piece?  Takes a pretty
solid machine to quilt, but piecing is less of an issue, since the fabrics are
lighter.  

At under $200, I'd probably be looking at a basic Janome.  They also make
Kenmore.  Something like the Jem series or Magnolia series machines, but
they're not going to be happy doing major quilting projects.  The Jems are
about 12 lbs, the Magnolias about 18.  You won't get the needle up/down
functions that are useful when you want to piece curves or do Y seams, though.

Kay
 

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On 10/7/2011 5:42 PM, Kay Lancaster wrote:
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A good second-hand machine might be a possibility.

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Kay, I'll be using it mainly to carry to quilting classes. I'm a beginner so
just piecing for now. I do sew in general, used to sew a lot of clothes but
now mostly crafts. So I should be okay with an inexpensive machine, and then
have a good machine for bigger jobs. I was looking at a couple of the
Brother machines, they have fairly good ratings at Consumers Digest and
Consumer Reports. I'll investigate the Janome and Kenmores, as you suggest.
Thanks!


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Are you going to quilt on this machine , or just piece?  Takes a pretty
solid machine to quilt, but piecing is less of an issue, since the fabrics
are
lighter.

At under $200, I'd probably be looking at a basic Janome.  They also make
Kenmore.  Something like the Jem series or Magnolia series machines, but
they're not going to be happy doing major quilting projects.  The Jems are
about 12 lbs, the Magnolias about 18.  You won't get the needle up/down
functions that are useful when you want to piece curves or do Y seams,
though.

Kay


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I have a Janome and love it. With that said my grandmother has the
brother sewing emboridery machine combo and just a plain brother
emboridery machine. She is the second owner of the brother emboridery
machine and it has held up well. So far she has just had to have
maintenance done to it.




--
victoriaphillip


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Just as a follow-up in case anyone is also shopping for a similar machine:
I ended up getting a Brother CE8080. It's working out fine, at least for the
purpose for which I bought it (carting to quilting class). It's not a great
machine but it sews well and is extremely easy to use, and it's very
lightweight. I appreciate all the recommendations, I'll keep them in mind
for when I shop for the "good" machine. Thanks all!


Hello --

I've been lurking awhile, this is my first post.  I need to buy an
inexpensive, simple, lightweight sewing machine to carry to quilting
classes. I presently have an old Singer which works okay but weighs a
ton-and-a-half, it's a killer to schlep around.  I've seen several
inexpensive machines in the stores which I know will not be the greatest
machines but for this purpose might be fine.  Does anyone have any
experience / recommendations?  I'm hoping to keep it to under $200... my
other ulterior motive for keeping it cheap is that I'm asking Santa for a
nice new "real" machine so don't want to spend much in the meantime.

Thanks!
Cindi


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CindiA wrote:
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A machine that sells new for $144.97 at Wal-Mart as a
"Limited Edition Project Runway" machine?

Good luck with that. Let us know if it holds tension after
the first week.



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It's been several weeks and it's holding tension just fine.
And here I thought this was such a welcoming group.


CindiA wrote:
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A machine that sells new for $144.97 at Wal-Mart as a
"Limited Edition Project Runway" machine?

Good luck with that. Let us know if it holds tension after
the first week.


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On 10/27/2011 9:55 PM, CindiA wrote:
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It is, Beverly sometimes comes across a bit braash,but underneath she's
a pussycat. Just don't cal her Bev. I also suggest you jump over to
alt.sewing. there's more going on there and lots of people posting.

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I'm just a cynic when it comes to $144.00 "sewing machines"
from Wal-Mart/Costco/Amazon.com, etc.

In the sixties I paid over $700 for my new Singer 401A
(which is still in everyday use).
http://www.dollartimes.com/calculators/inflation.htm
"$700.00 in 1961 had the same buying power as $5,148.50 in
2011."

Put another way, $144.00 in 2011 dollars had the same buying
power as $19.58 in 1961. I question whether anyone in 1961
would have thought a $19.58 sewing machine would have been a
worthwhile investment.

I think a good 50-year-old well-maintained mechanical
machine would be far better then a new 'plastic miracle'
FWIW.

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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On 10/28/2011 3:47 AM, BEI Design wrote:
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I couldn't agree with you more.But and it's a big but, she's happy for
now. I was stung about 20 years ago with a cheap wonder toy, learned my
lesson and wouldn't tough another machine like it. Sometimes we have to
learn the hard way. And your, still a pussycat.
juno
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Juno B wrote:
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Meow...  purrrrr....

;-)



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Key phrasing there is "she's (and I'm guessing you're talking about me)
happy for now." Which is all I asked for "for now."

FWIW, that is to say, to somewhat redeem myself in your eyes:  Both of my
parents worked their entire careers with Singer. As such I learned sewing by
osmosis and was raised in a household that had more sewing machines than you
could shake a stick at. Several of which I still own and use. I am certain
beyond any doubt that both of them are furiously rolling over in their
graves over my purchase of a cheap plastic Brother machine. LOL!! BUT they
were also frugal and practical, and for the purposes that I wanted this
machine, even they probably would've said "Yeah, buy the cheap one for
schlepping to class and hold out for Santa to bring you a really good
for-real one."





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CindiA wrote:
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Please accept my sincere apology, I was not intending to be
snarky.  We just see so many newbies "here" who want to
learn to sew, hope they can cut corners on their tools, but
then are so frustrated by them they quit sewing all
together.

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My advice remains:  with a small budget, an older well
maintained mechanical machine will be a better investment.
One can always keep it in reserve for the times when the
'good' machine goes in for regular service.  I hope your
Brother CE8080 performs well, and you get your dream machine
soon.  ;-)

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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