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What kind of sewing machine should I buy?

I would like to buy a sewing machine but have no idea what kind to buy. I would like something relatively inexpensive as I’ve never sewn before, but I’m a fast learner when it comes to “crafty” activities so I don’t want something so basic that it’s meant for a child either. Any suggestions would be great!

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6 Responses to “What kind of sewing machine should I buy?”

  1. Ann says:

    Sears stores sell Singer sewing machines, and they are the best. You want one for about $ 250-300., somewhere around there because at that price they are not so complicated that you can’t understand, while being powerful enough to sew any material once you begin to sew more. Singers are the best. I have over 15 years sewing experience. Have fun!

  2. kay says:

    New. Cheap. Good. Pick any two.

    Here’s my basic take on the situation: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20111020035301AAowAnQ Trade any number of decorative stitches like rows of duckies for machine features that are actually useful, like presser foot pressure adjustment or really nice buttonholes.

    Better yet, take a basic sewing class somewhere there are machines you can use. When you go to shop for your own machine, you’ll be much better prepared to judge what you’re seeing.

    More: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AtVc8znRrlRdYqlm02KFETbty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20100423044254AAnGzFy&show=7#profile-info-OKJf8nHFaa and http://www.kwiksew.com/resources/articles/p65-Machine%20Buying.pdf

  3. thejanith says:

    I have sewn for years and have fancy and simple machines. I say get a simple machine. It needs to go straight and zigzag, forward and backward. That will let you do pretty much everything you need to do. When I had the machines with all the fancy stitches, I used them for the first week or two. Then, once the novelty wore off, I only used the normal stuff (forward and backward, straight and zigzag) anyway. My next machine was a simple one again.

    You can get grown-ups’ machines that are basic. Now is a good time to look, as many are on sale. Check out http://www.joann.com and see if there is a JoAnn’s store near you. You can find the store and the sales online.

  4. Diane B. says:

    As mentioned, you don’t need a fancy sewing machine to be able to do most anything but do stay away from the hand-held sewing “machines” and the little tiny sewing machines for kids (though at least *some* of them would do in a pinch but a regular-size basic machine wouldn’t cost much more).

    Check out my answers in these previous questions for much more on buying a beginner sewing machine, things to think about, and even places to check out for more on sewing as a beginner in particular:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070101130648AAvr5ux
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100701074032AAgimi6

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100607142131AA7DINW
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100121173318AAiaHCs
    videos at Simplicity site for doing a whole pattern, and other info in left bar:
    http://www.simplicity.com/t-sewing-videos-jumper-1.aspx

    info on sewing “all kinds of things” at Craftster.org:
    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ap1m_4expht5QAlFMDdDg1UW53NG;_ylv=3?qid=20100407221500AA1GZwK
    …Clothing: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=348.0
    …Purses, Bags, etc: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=349.0
    …Home Sweet Home (including Pets): http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=347.0
    …Toys, Dolls, Other Playthings: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=358.0
    …Sewing In General (& machines): THIS LINK IS BELOW
    and duct tape dress forms to make on yourself: THIS LINK ALSO BELOW

  5. pattiann42 says:

    Visit your local sewing machine dealers – not a big box store or fabric store unless the fabric store has a dealer’s kiosk in the store.

    A sewing machine dealer will show you what is available for they type of sewing you wish to do. They will show you how to operate the machine and some have lessons and classes to further improve your expertise.

    PS: those who “dis” Singer have not sewn with a new model. They are just as good as the much sought after Bernina. I have own and used several brands. The new Singers are very good sewing machines.

    Kenmore is sold at Sears and KMart and those stores are closing in many areas of the country.

  6. RoofingPrincess says:

    Singer was a good brand when I was a kid, but they’re not so good any more.
    Janome is an excellent brand, and if you can’t afford to get one of those, get a Kenmore, because Janome is the manufacturer for those as well.
    When my mid-1950s Singer started giving me problems earlier this year, I got a Janome 8077 for about $ 300 and it’s a good compromise machine – a decent sized “throat” (the area between the motor on the right and the needle on the left), straight and zigzag stitches, the ability to do buttonholes and a few decorative stitches.
    http://www.kenssewingcenter.com/janome-8077-sewing-machine-p-30444.html
    Would’ve been nice to get a bigger Janome, but I didn’t want to spend over $ 500 and the women at the quilt shop kept showing machines that were $ 750 and up. Found this one online at a decent price at a place called Ken’s Sewing Center. The woman on the phone was delightful, and I’m happy with the machine.

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