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ok4now posted 8/20/2013 22:25 PM

Hello,

I was hoping someone could recommend a sewing machine.

The only time I used a machine was many yrs ago in high school.

My daughter inherited my short legs and after a $45 bill to hem a few pairs of pants I think I might buy a machine.

Any suggestions? I was hoping to stay under $200.

Thanks,
K

GabyBaby posted 8/20/2013 22:41 PM

I loved sewing in high school and picked it up again about a year ago after a few (ahem) years break.

Hubby bought me a Brother XL-3750 for my birthday and love it. I too was looking for something inexpensive to jump back into sewing and I've not had any problems with any of the projects I've done, including quilting with layers of denim. Its got a number of stitches (far more than I've used so far), extra sewing feet, and a few other goodies.

Here's a link to the machine on Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Brother-XL-3750-Convertible-35-Stitch-Free-Arm/dp/B000VGAMU6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375321464&sr=8-1&keywords=brother+xl-3750

I think when I wear this one out, I'm initially thought I'd ask hubby for something with a few more bells and whistles, but for just over $100, this little darlin' sings! I'd honestly buy it again.

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 10:48 PM, August 20th (Tuesday)]

GabyBaby posted 8/20/2013 22:45 PM

Also, Singer is another brand that is solid.
Singer has long been a "staple" in sewing and I think they still are.

[This message edited by GabyBaby at 10:46 PM, August 20th (Tuesday)]

Thriving posted 8/20/2013 22:59 PM

I got the Brother Deluxe CS6000i a couple of years ago from Target. They have it now for $185. A ton of stitches that I'll probably never use but I was more interested in the automatic buttonholer. Pop the button in the presser foot and it automatically makes the right size.

Watch for a sale and/or a coupon code for free shipping.

UnexpectedSong posted 8/20/2013 23:11 PM

I asked my theatre seamstress friend for advice on a sewing machine when I started and she said, second from the bottom machine at Sears. So, I got a $150 Kenmore and it has been fantastic for me. I've only used 2 of the available stitches, but I did buy a couple of extra feet that I love.

Too_Trusting posted 8/20/2013 23:31 PM

I haven't sewed in YEARS, but

I got the Brother Deluxe CS6000i a couple of years ago from Target. They have it now for $185. A ton of stitches that I'll probably never use but I was more interested in the automatic buttonholer. Pop the button in the presser foot and it automatically makes the right size.
Watch for a sale and/or a coupon code for free shipping.

Amazon now has this for $139 w/free shipping!

Sad in AZ posted 8/21/2013 08:00 AM

I've used Singer for years, but only because the X's mother worked for the company They have stood me in good stead--I used to make about 75% of my clothes. I have what was at the time (35 years ago) a top of the line electronic machine. At that time the computerized models were just coming out, and MIL said they were not perfected. I also have a 4-thread serger. I still use them.

I got an embroidery machine (Singer also) about 6 years ago but I've never used it because that's when my life fell apart, and sewing went by the wayside.

Having said all that, if I could afford it, I'd buy a Husquevarna (Viking) machine.

tushnurse posted 8/21/2013 08:13 AM

My MIL loves her Brothers. She has 2 different ones, one for just sewing, and the other I think can not only do embroidery, but cook a meal too. Seriously way over my head. LOL

Look on CL for them you may find them free or next to nothing as it's usually kids getting rid of Mom's stuff. I know she got her super fancy one for $75.00 and it's like $1K machine. Plus they gave her all the threads, and a ton of the computer files to make lots of stuff (emboirdery) wise.

Lucky2HaveMe posted 8/21/2013 11:08 AM

If you are just going to use it for altering/hemming get just a basic machine. So many are filled withbelsn whistles that you pay for and never use.

My sister got a basic Kenmore on sale @ Sears a couple years ago under $100

tushnurse posted 8/21/2013 11:12 AM

I can hem, and do minor repairs. That is all I have the patience for. I have my MIL's old Kenmore, lucky for me it's same model I learned on in Home Ec about 200 years ago. LOL.
Anything that needs more than I can do gets put in the Grandma basket and she happily does it all.

ok4now posted 8/22/2013 20:35 PM

Thanks everybody for the responses. Pay day is next Thursday and I am going to buy one off Amazon.

Sorry it took awhile to post I had a bad few days w/ WS.

Now if I can just figure out how to sew a new H I would live in a perfect world. LOL

StrongerOne posted 8/23/2013 20:21 PM

I have a Viking that I bought used in the mid 1980s. Top of the line right before the computerized models came out. Finally gave up the ghost a few months ago. My problem is finding a repair shop that can get parts. Anyway, they can be pricey but work great. If you can find a reputable seller a used one is an outstanding value.

peridot posted 8/23/2013 21:51 PM

I bought a sewing machine once. It was a Kenmore from Sears. I got it for around a $100.

I ended up selling the thing though because the only thing I seemed to be capable of doing was breaking needles.

GabyBaby posted 8/23/2013 22:15 PM

YouTube and Pinterest has been WONDERFUL for tutorials and refresher information. I hadn't touched a sewing machine in over 20 years, but I'm making quilts and clothes again in less than a year of being back in the saddle.

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