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What is the best sewing machine for a beginner?

I am interested in buying a sewing machine,I’m a beginner and I dont want to get anything to over the top. I’ve heard that some brands are worth the money but not much more detail then that. I dont want to buy anything that will be to confusing or too expensive ($ 150-$ 200), just something to get me started and that I can learn more from as I go.

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5 Responses to “What is the best sewing machine for a beginner?”

  1. seamstress says:

    As a professional seamstress I look back to the days of selecting my first sewing machines and it can be somewhat confusing. Some machines have the basic stitches (straight and zig zag with buttonholer) and others have all sorts of stitches, most all of which you will never, ever use.

    So, stick with a simple machine. Before you decide on what machine to purchase, remember that having a local service/repair shop to service your machine is ultra important. That machine is going to do you no good if you cannot have it repaired when need be. Call the repair shop and ask them who makes the best machines that they service or if they have a used machine that fits your needs.

    If you purchase a machine that is being shipped to you, demand that a piece of cloth which has been stitched in the machine is still under the pressure foot along with the thread still in the machine. You do not want someone stating that the machine worked perfectly and was damaged in shipping.

    My favorite machines are Elna, Pfaff, Bernina, and vintage Singers.

    Remember, a great expensive machine does not make a great seamstress. Trial and error will increase your sewing skills. Good luck to you.

  2. kay says: and;_ylt=AtVc8znRrlRdYqlm02KFETbty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100423044254AAnGzFy&show=7#profile-info-OKJf8nHFaa
    is my best answer for you.

    You’re actually more likely to have issues with the very cheapest machines than you are something towards the upper end of basic machines.

    In that price range, I’d probably send you to look at the Janome Magnolia series; if you could go up to about $ 250, I’d suggest the Janome 500 — one step buttonholes are easier than 4 step for most people. Either of those could get you through virtually any garment and most home dec sewing.

  3. Ant Boni says:

    I learned to sew on my grandmother’s Singer (with a treadle pedal.)
    The first machine I bought for myself was a Kenmore from Sears. I ran that little machine for better tham 20 years and paid 80 dollars for it.
    I have a Husqvarna now, but it took all those years on the little Kenmore to get me there.

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