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Date: 5/8/12 6:15 PM

Hi my name is Shawn and I found this site by trying to find a sewing machines and reading reviews.. I am ready to become a sewer!!! so many people I know are sewing .. I have a yorkie named CoCo and I am wanting to make her some clothes.. I am 50 years old and do not know how to sew .... If someone can help me find the right sewing machine that would be great, even though I am a beginner I would like a machine I can grow into.. I saw this one Brother PC-420 PRW Limited Edition Project Runway ..also one that sews and embrod...

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Date: 5/9/12 5:09 PM

Welcome, Shawn.

I suggest you start by going to the beginner's forum. There, near the top, you'll find a pinned topic about beginner's looking for a machine. It has lots of advice. You can also post questions on the sewing machine board. Also, feel free to ask questions in the beginner's section.

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Date: 5/9/12 7:29 PM

I would go to a dealer and look at used/vintage machines. I would probably start with a regular zig zag machine...not a embroidery machine but that's just me.

Pet clothes can be really simple. And for embroidery you could hand embroider some little designs on them, fairly fast....

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Date: 5/9/12 10:26 PM

I wouldn't start out with a combo machine... personally I spent about $200 on a basic, but new computerized machine. That way if I didn't end up liking sewing as much as I thought I would, I would only be out $200... and if I really liked it, then I could upgrade fairly soon and keep the other other as a good backup.

It turned out to be a great investment! I ended up loving sewing and about 10 mos after I started, I upgraded, but still LOVE my original machine and keep it for all kinds of things.

That's just MY opinion though :-)

BTW - I bought a Singer curvy 8763

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