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Library Lady
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Date: 7/21/06 3:09 AM

Hi! This is my first post!

My ten year old niece wants me to teach her to sew. She's asked for a sewing machine as a birthday present. I found a link to a nice looking machine for young teens off the Viking site in conjunction with a show produced for young sewers on PBS. The machine is called Teen Dream Machine (I'm serious) Sew Young, Sew Fun. Please take a look at this and tell me what you think. I've downloaded the PDF info brochure and searched all of the vendor links, but I can't find a link to purchase this machine from anywhere.

Have any of you ever seen this machine in stores or know anything about it? If not, what recommendations do you have for purchasing a good (new or used) starter machine? I want it to be reliable above all else.

Thanks and I really enjoy this website.
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Date: 7/21/06 7:21 AM

That looks like the White 1730 Quilt and Sew (1740, and 1750 are similar with more options). Available at Joanns and at internet dealers.

Drop in your local sewing machine dealer. The one near me had a nice selection of serviced, solid, used machines for under $100.

The Kenmore Mini Ultra, and Janome Gem are also frequent choices for younger sewers or someone in the market for a simple, small, portable. The blue mini ultra is on clearance for $69. (was $59- not sure why the raised the clearance price- but still a good buy).

JennyG

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Date: 7/21/06 7:31 AM

I'm not familiar with that machine, but i think that a sewing machine for a teen would be the same as for any other beginning sewist. It needs to be easy to use. My first machine was a low entry level White, and it was AWFUL. It tangled...was always out of time, didn't stay in time once serviced. I couldn't sew on it. it was just a bad machine. I would NEVER buy my daughter a White because of my experience. However, there was a teen, who had her White at church this week as we have decorating for VBS. Her White was just sewing away with no apparent problems. Mine didn't do that. So I guess they can work. I would check reviews and buy the best machine in your price range. I wouldn't worry about it being marketed for teens. I think that Janomes, Kenmores (made by Janome) and Brothers are all supposed to have good entry level machines...reliable at a lower price. Used can be good, too. I have a janome that I love, but it isn't in the same price range as a entry level White.
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Date: 7/21/06 7:40 AM

http://quiltersreview.com/article.asp?article=/review/product/040315_a.asp

This is a review from Quilters' reveiw website on the White 1740.

A few "cool' stickers can turn any machine into a "teen machine".
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Date: 7/21/06 7:44 AM

My seven year old has been happily been using a Brother CS-8150. It has all the high end features, and does a very nice tight stitch. They are cheap now on ebay, because the cartrige sytem is kinda touchy if you don't read the directions. Read the directions and it is a nice solid machine. She sews on it without much supervision because I put the needle guard from Viking on it, and it completly surrounds the needle with plexiglass.

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Date: 7/22/06 3:46 PM

With a name like "Teen Dream Machine" she might outgrow it quickly, even if she is only 10 and even if the machine works fine. As a teen, I was very suspicious (or critical) of anything labeled "for teens." Even if I liked it, by 13 there was not I chance that I would use it. I think that a model designed for any entry-level sewist would be a much better bet. Personally, I like the quality of vintage models but I would have been hung up on the "it's old" factor at 10 so a new machine might be better.

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Date: 7/22/06 5:55 PM

When I was a beginning sewer, I was given a bottom of the line Brother. Oh brother! What a mess. The tension was wrong, the threads snarled and I *hated* using it. I hope the one you get for her is a little jewel that will help her express her creativity.
Victoria

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Date: 7/22/06 9:31 PM

My favorite machine is an Elna Jubilee. It's over 20 years old and sews like a dream through anything. It was made in Swtizerland (one of the last Elnas to be made there). I've never had any problems with it, with yearly maintenance. So when my 13 year old daughter wanted to get started sewing, I went out and bought her another Elna, identical to mine. Found it on Ebay for $200 shipping. They are great machines.

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Date: 7/22/06 10:27 PM

I just purchased a Huskystar C20 for a take and go craft/class machine. I did see a C10 for 399.00 at our Jo Ann's. The Huskystar is made in China to Viking's specifications. I really like this machine. It is electronic and my C20 has a few more stitches than the C10, but the stitch quality is quite good. My main machine is a Bernina and I don't like carting it around.

I've edited this. I've gone back to our store, and got the prices mixed up with their E10 and E20 that they sell. I still really like this machine.
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SusanSews
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Date: 7/22/06 11:52 PM

My first machine (at 7 years old) was a Singer Touch and Sew. Due to an "injury" in a move 17 years ago I no longer have that machine but 30 years later I have my cabinet/chair etc. It was bought used and I'm sure I'd still be sewing on it today. I've a fan of vintage machines; however they don't have the bells and whistles of the new ones. I have a white that I bought on clearance just for the auto buttonhole. I hate to do them on my vintage machine, it doesn't even have a 4 step method, it's a me doing it method, LOL.
I'm excited that she's wanting to learn to sew. I agree with the others about a regular machine and not something she'll view as a toy or a "teen" machine. ANybody remembers those singer Daisy's from the 70's? They make me cringe to look at them.
Susan

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