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Artsewer
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Date: 6/28/13 9:34 AM

I would like some advice.
I am going to start looking for an older mecanical machine that has a good amount of utiltiy stitches, and at least a 5mm stitch width.
Aside from Berninas, as I know about them already, which would you all recommend.
I want some thing that is smooth and quiet, and powerful with zigzag stitches. (could be a new one too at least it would have a needle threader!)
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Date: 6/28/13 9:56 AM

A Kenmore fits that bill but as I just wrote in another thread, it is not good with knits without a lot of fiddling. I have cams with mine so I had lots of cool stitches to use when my kids were little. Mine has a super high needle bar so I can get lots of material under the foot. I bought all the feet with it at the time except for a walking foot. The buttonholer is better than on any of my newer machines. If you start looking at those, make sure they lots of feet with it. Feet for the super high models are expensive and hard to find. As to a newer machine, I am looking at an Elna I saw at the dealer's. I am sure Janome has a similar model but the Elna was demonstrated sewing a wad of folded up denim (about 8 layers) without an issue. It was about $399. I may get it eventually as I really liked it. I would also look at the Pfaff mechanicals. That IDT is a very nice feature.

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Date: 6/28/13 10:03 AM

Elna Super 62C - I got mine on Craigslist... had it serviced and sews like a top...
love the CAMS - see PR reviews on it.
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Date: 6/28/13 10:37 AM

Have 2 old Brothers from the 70's, all metal made in Japan, 20+ stitches is all I need, still humming. No repairs.

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Date: 6/28/13 12:48 PM

I would suggest a Singer 401 or 500 Rocketeer. They are the same machine with different looks. But the guts are mostly the same. They have an internal gear drive motor and more utility and decorative stitches than you probably need. The parts are easy to get and they just keep sewing over anything you put under them. I am still amazed at them after all of these years. They were TOL for Singer 50 years ago. All metal gears and body and completely mechanical. They are genius! and quiet pretty or handsome to look at also. Depending on you standards of beauty. Id check ebay or craigslist locally. I picked up a 401 at Goodwill for $25. I cleaned and oiled it and rebuilt the motor. Easy with tutorials online. You'll have a like new machine that will outlast you.
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Date: 6/28/13 12:51 PM

Also checkout Elna Su and Pfaff 1222 or 1222E. The Pfaffs will cost alot more, but the IDT is great. Lastly there is the Necchi Supernova. I true jem. One of the smoothest sewing machines ever made. So tightly tooled that when oiled properly they have a certain smell when you sew of hot oil. Not bad but you know you are sewing on a Necchi. They dont make machines this way anymore. So quiet and smooth!!!!
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Date: 6/28/13 1:45 PM

Have to agree with Jay on the Rocketeer. I pulled mine out and gave it a spa treatment. The machine if 60 years old and still goes like new. I doubt you will see any of our computerized machines still going in 60 years.

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Date: 6/28/13 4:54 PM

Kenmore that begin with 158 series. The one guy who sells everyone's feet and manuals on his site states that these are the workhorses and not to ever get rid of one. It has two belts that power over every thing I have every sewing including jeans and leather as long as I use a hump jumper to cross quadruple seams!

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Date: 6/28/13 8:58 PM

Yep, those old Kenmores with 158 serial #'s are good workhorses, but they can clatter - some clatter more than others. I have about 6 that I'm working on right now.

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Date: 6/28/13 9:25 PM

I have to - respectfully - disagree with Singer's. I CANNOT get along with a Singer, new or old, tried them both. I thought I was "mentally challenged" with sewing UNTIL I had another brand besides Singer OR Brother. However, I can say that I can get along with almost any other machine - old or new.
They all have benefits and drawbacks. Try out what you can; get a bargain, and sew, sew, sew.

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