Sewing Patterns, Pattern Review, Sewing Classes, Sewing Machines and Sewing Machine Reviews!
Platinum Sponsor: Stylish Fabric
Over 20,000 of high quality reorderable fabric

[SIGNUP - FREE Membership & 1 FREE Sewing Lesson ]
[Sewing Classes|Shopping Bag Your Shopping Bag|Login|Help]
Sewing Review and Pattern Reviews Sewing Knowledge Base Sewing Patterns Sewing Classes & Sewing Lessons Sewing Machine & Embroidery Machinery Sewing Message Boards Sewing merchants Blog Help/FAQ About Pattern Review
Enter your e-mail address:




Advanced Search
Tags
New to PR?
Sewing Machines
Compare Sewing Machines
Sewing Machine & Serger Reviews
Embroidery Machines
Sewing Reviews
Sewing Patterns
Review Gallery
Sewing Books
Sewing Supplies
Sewing Websites
Sewing Stores
Sewing Class Reviews
Sewing Expo Reviews
Sewing Tips & Techniques
Sewing Podcasts
NEW!Fabric Glossary
Sewing Review Requests Add a Review Request
Your Account
Edit Profile
My Page
Favorites
Wish List
Pattern Catalog
Notifications
Friends of PR
Join Friends of PR
Find a member
Deal Corner
Photo Album
Calendar
Chat Room
Chat Schedule
Chat Transcripts
Sewing Classifieds
Add a Classified
Sewing Contests
enter contest
contest report
contest gallery
Favorite Links
reviews with comments
merchant gallery
article archive
newsletter archive
Craft Resources
contact info
shipping rates
returns & refunds
testimonials

Platinum Sponsor - Stylish Fabric
Stylish Fabric
You are not logged in. Login here.



Message Board > Sewing Machines > Mechanical or computerized--i can't decide ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
Go to Page:
Mechanical or computerized--i can't decide
Crystal

Crystal
Beginner
MD
Member since 4/14/02
Posts: 60
Login to reply to this post

Date: 6/19/03 7:08 AM

Hello everyone,

I'm interested in upgrading my sewing machine.  Right now I have a Kenmore 12102 and it only has straight stitch and zigzag and only came with the zigzag presser foot.  I want more in a machine like an automatic buttonhole, blind hem stitch, stretch stitches, etc.  I'm mainly interested in garment sewing and not embroidery.  I'm not sure exactly when I will upgrade, but I figured I'd better at least start looking so when the time comes I can just make my purchase.

Just when I think I've decided on a computerized machine--I'm leaning towards the Janome Memory Craft 3000 or the Craftmaster 5000,  I think maybe I should get a mechanical/electronic machine.  Can anyone offer any pros and cons of computerized vs. electronic/mechanical?  I'll keep the Kenmore as a backup either way.  Sorry for rambling on   :) I had no idea it would be this difficult to make a decision.

Crystal

AnneM
starstar
AnneM  Friend of PR
Intermediate
MA USA
Member since 7/30/02
Posts: 6998
Login to reply to this post

Date: 6/19/03 8:48 PM

My 2 cents, which is probably about all it is worth on this:  I have a nice Kenmore.  It is a mechanical model.  It has lots of stitches, and has an automatic button hole setting with a special button hole foot.  It has done everything I've needed so far.  An advantage of the mechanical, I think, is that there are slightly fewer concerns with the maintenance.  

That being said, I've heard very good things about those Memory Crafts.  They are supposed to have great stitches.  It would be nice to have more button hole options, which they have.  

Good luck.

------
With a great wardrobe that's still in the flat-fabric stage.

Everyday Sewist
star
Everyday Sewist
Advanced Beginner
USA
Member since 9/14/02
Posts: 2707
Login to reply to this post

Date: 6/19/03 8:58 PM

I went from a basic mechanical Kenmore to a computerized Brother machine.

I now wonder if I should have bought a high-end mechanical instead. The reason is that my Brother is not as powerful as my Kenmore. The Kenmore seems to go through the fabric with less effort and it can take more abuse than the Brother. Since the stitches are set manually, the settings are not lost when you turn off the machine.

On the other hand, I love having five automatic buttonholes, speed control, and a needle-down feature on my computerized machine.

If I had a chance to choose a new machine again, I would probably go for a high-end mechanical with as many features as possible.

I also now understand why some people have several sewing machines. Each machine has features which others don't have.
If I ever get a larger sewing space, I will have both of my machines out and I'll use them both, for different tasks.

That doesn't really answer your question but perhaps it will help you decide.

Kris O
star
Kris O
Advanced Beginner
OK USA
Member since 5/4/03
Posts: 321
Login to reply to this post

Date: 6/22/03 7:48 PM

I've been on the market for a machine and have frequently referred to the November 2001 issue of Consumer Reports.  There is some discussion about Electronic vs. Mechanical vs. Embroidery (I'm trying to decide between electronic or embroidery).  HTH.

------
You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.
--Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

Sherril Miller
starstarstarstar
Sherril Miller  Friend of PR
Advanced
CA USA
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 7478

Going to PR Weekend Austin!
Login to reply to this post

thumbsup 1 member likes this.
Date: 6/22/03 9:34 PM

On my Bernina 170, I can save any changes I make to my stitches, so even if I turn off the machine, I won't lose my settings. That said, before you decide on any machine, one of your most important decisions should probably be the dealer. They are not all the same! I drive past 4 Bernina dealerships, driving 35 miles out of my way to a great shop with wonderful, helpful, honest, kind, considerate people.

Once you know who you are buying from, then try out all the machines and all the stitches that would interest you. Take notes.

After borrowing my sisters Bernina 830 for about a year, she took it back. After using a really good machine (mechanical) I just had to go buy myself a Bernina. I started with a Bernina 1230, which is a computerized machine and have since upgraded to the 170. The reason I decided on a computer machine is the buttonholes! Each and every one came out exactly alike with no effort on my part! I have never experienced a knot in my bobbin since going with Bernina. I love the needle up/down choice. I love that I can change any stitch to my preference. If I usually use a stitch length 3 and the preset is 2.5, I can change the length to a 3 and it will be at 3 each time I turn on the machine. The same with special stitches like the blanket stitch that I use for some appliques. I don't like the preset width and length, so I changed it. I can also add, delete, and change out stitches whenever I feel the need. This does, however, require linking my computer to my SM.

My sister, however, is still very, very happy with her mechanical machine that she bought about 17 years ago. She doesn't do garment sewing much, and uses it mostly for hemming and home decorating. She doesn't make too many buttonholes (maybe none!;) and wouldn't even notice the difference in stitch lengths in a blanket stitch.

I mentioned mine and my sister's preferences hoping you will use it to decide what kind of sewing you do and whether your needs require a mechanical or a computer machine. Keep in mind there are some wonderful mechanical machines on the market today which are made to last forever (like my sis's Bernina 930). Just be sure to try out each machine you are considering and find out if it will handle the type of sewing you do on a regular basis. The TOL isn't always the best for your specific needs.

Hope I helped. - Sherril

------
Visit my blog at http://sewingsaga.blogspot.com

If it's worth sewing, it's worth sewing well;
and if it's worth sewing well, it's worth FITTING FIRST! - TSL

SouthernStitch
starstarstar
SouthernStitch  Friend of PR
Intermediate
LA
Member since 8/24/02
Posts: 9669
Login to reply to this post

Date: 6/23/03 11:28 PM

One thing I like about my computerized machine is that it really sails over thick seams - I noticed that on all the one's I test drove.  I always had to go over heavy seams by hand on my older mechanical.  Good luck in choosing - took me forever too, but the Memorycraft is great.  Can't go wrong with Janome.  

Mary

------
Bernina 780, and 530
Juki TL2010
Babylock Evolution
Singer 403a

When life gives you green velvet curtains, make a green velvet dress.

Crystal

Crystal
Beginner
MD
Member since 4/14/02
Posts: 60
Login to reply to this post

Date: 6/24/03 6:25 PM

Hello everyone,
Thank you very much for your input.  I have finally made a decision to go computerized  :)   Today I ordered a gently used, mint condition(so I'm told) Janome Memory Craft 3500 :D   I sent off my check today and hope to have my machine within 2 weeks or less.  I made a daring leap and ordered from an out of state dealer, but the price was so great at $399 that I just couldn't resist.  Various dealers near me are asking for $688-$1300 (wayyyy out of my price range)for a brand new 3500, sooo... I took the plunge.  Gee, now I'll have to explain to DH when I come home with my new machine :0   He knows I'm looking, but ...  Anyway, I'll contain my excitement until the big day.  
Happy sewing!
Crystal

elizabeth4367
elizabeth4367
Intermediate
NY USA
Member since 4/2/05
Posts: 3
Login to reply to this post

In reply to Everyday Sewist


Subject: Mechanical or computerized--i can't decide Date: 4/3/05 12:05 PM

Hi I am new to sewing and I am trying to decide which machine to get computer vs. electric. Two models computer isbrothers cs8060 or the cs8150 the electric is singer 2662. Do you have any advice.

I do not want to buy a milliondifferent machines but one that agood range. I really do not need the quilting option but I like the one that I grow into using embroidery . have any advice?
-- Edited on 4/3/05 1:09 PM --

arubert

arubert
Intermediate
Member since 4/19/05
Posts: 2
Login to reply to this post

Subject: Mechanical or computerized--i can't decide Date: 4/19/05 11:04 PM

I am currently shopping for a new machine and have always had mechanical machines in the past. I am strongly considering a computerized machine because of all the sewing options available that will make my sewing look professional and no tensions to worry about.

Greykat
Greykat
Advanced Beginner
CA USA
Member since 3/14/05
Posts: 14
Login to reply to this post

In reply to arubert


Subject: Mechanical or computerized--i can't decide Date: 4/20/05 5:46 PM

I few months ago i took the plunge from a mechanical (old Necchi) to a computerized (Viking D1) machine. I'm absolutely thrilled. The machine is incredibly powerful--much more so than the mechanical one. And the sewing is effortless. The stitch advisor is wonderful--never have to remember what stitch length, thread tension, etc. goes with what fabric. I'd highly recommend a computerized machine.

That being said, try out a few different models. (That's what really sold.) The only way you can tell what works best for you is to actually play with them. Good luck!

------
Greykat

Go to Page:
Please LOGIN or Join PatternReview
printable version Printable Version

* Advertising and soliciting is strictly prohibited on PatternReview.com. If you find a post which is not in agreement with our Terms and Conditions, please click on the Report Post button to report it. Sewing Machines >> Mechanical or computerized--i can't decide

Merchants on PR
Victoria Jones Collection
Timeless Hawaiian styles
Web site
So Vintage Patterns
Thank You for Joining!
Deals!
Fitz Like a Glove Ironing Board Cover
Made In Australia
Deals!
SewBaby
Unique Sewing Patterns
Deals!
Budo Bear Designs
Asian Designs
Web site

Copyright © 2014 PatternReview.com® , OSATech, Inc. All rights reserved.
Conditions of Use | Posting Guidelines | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Online Sewing Classes
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets
Fee: $34.00
(Regular $49.00)
Expert Sewing Techniques for Jackets

Online Sewing Classes
Break your Serger Out of the Box
Fee: $29.00
(Regular $49.00)
Break your Serger Out of the Box

Vogue Patterns 1228 misses dress
photo
Review by Blooms on 7/9/11
Read Review

Vogue 8852 Pattern ( Size 4-6-8-10-12 )
Vogue 8852 Pattern ( Size 4-6-8-10-12 )

Details
Price: $27.50
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 2053 Pattern ( Size 6-8-10-12-14 )
Simplicity 2053 Pattern ( Size 6-8-10-12-14 )

Details
Price: $17.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Simplicity 3939 Bark Avenue
photo
Review by lauramae on 11/2/11
Read Review

Salme Peplum Top Digital Pattern
Salme Peplum Top Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Blank Slate Lazy Day Pajamas Digital Pattern
Blank Slate Lazy Day Pajamas Digital Pattern

Details
Price: $7.95
Add to Bag Add to Bag

The City Bag
The City Bag

Details
Price: $8.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Christine Jonson Boyfriend Jacket and Shell
Christine Jonson Boyfriend Jacket and Shell

Details
Price: $18.00
Add to Bag Add to Bag

Subscribe to PR Message Board Feed Subscribe to the PR Message Board Feed Add to My Yahoo! Subscribe at NewsGator Online Subscribe at Bloglines Add to MyMSN