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canokie
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Date: 9/11/13 9:07 PM

Hi everyone,

I did some sewing over 20 years ago but I'm starting up again. I used to have a Kenmore (I don't remember which one but I'm sure it was a cheap one) and I didn't like it because the stitching would always get bunched up. Maybe it was something simple I don't know, but I remember having a lot of problems with that. Anyway, I want to get back into sewing and plan to make most of my own clothes and probably some stuff for the home too (duvet covers, curtains, etc). I don't want to spend too much on a machine and am willing to get a basic one to save money. Could some of you please point me in the right direction? I read through some reviews under the Sewing Machines tab and tried the finder, but I feel like I don't know enough yet to know what to look for All I can remember from my sewing days was that our instructor had a Bernina and they were pretty much top of the line, but they appear to be way out of my price range as well. I'm looking for something under $200 - could I get a good, basic sewing machine for that?

berngard3
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Date: 9/11/13 9:15 PM

Recently I purchased a Husqvarna Viking 100Q to use at my weekend place, and really like it. Sewed a small quilt on it, with thread lace, and it worked beautifully. It has as standard many features I like: stop/start button, up/down needle, a variety of zig-zag and decorative stitches, light, drop in bobbin, etc. It's light enough to be portable to classes (comes with a hard case), yet has the power and capabilities of larger machines. Presser feet are interchangable with larger Vikings. And at around $200 it is a decent purchase that won't break the bank, and it will last for many years.

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Date: 9/11/13 9:17 PM

Sometimes it's better to buy a good used machine, rather than a lower priced new machine. Do you have any sewing machine dealers close to you?

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Date: 9/11/13 9:20 PM

Sounds like a good deal!!

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Date: 9/11/13 10:21 PM

Check out the gobs and gobs of great advice on this thread, found in the Beginners Forum:
Are you a beginner looking for a machine?

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Date: 9/12/13 1:01 AM

I'd buy a better used machine than a new one, if you find the right deal. If you have sewn before, you'll pick it up quickly. Outgrowing machine quickly is annoying and ends up costing more.

What's your budget like?

canokie
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Date: 9/13/13 11:19 PM

Thank you for the responses. I will see if I can find a sewing machine dealer around here. The Viking 100Q sounds like a good one - I'll check it out. And I'll check out that other thread (thanks Sewandwrite).

Vandoels, my budget is under $200 (hopefully). However, I don't want to end up with something like I had last time, so I guess if I have to spend a bit more I will just wait a little longer to purchase one. What do you think - is $200 doable? Or would an extra $100 or so make a big difference?

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Date: 9/14/13 12:06 PM

the Viking may be more depending on the dealer. I loved my janome 2212 (recently sent to my sister) and it's around $150 online. definitely recommend for a beginner. my friend has w brother cs-6000i which she loves. I think she paid $180. do look into used machines. sometimes you can find a real gem on craigslist. my first machine was a 1970s Kenmore and it was awesome for about 10 years. I got t at a thrift shop for $30 and then paid $70 to have it serviced. that means just $10 a year for 10 years. not bad. good luck

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Date: 9/17/13 9:03 AM

I wouldn't want you to go into debt for a machine,but I know that here in Australia for $200 you're only buying frustration. It does sound like you have better options in the us though....
Go to a dealer and test out machines with your own fabric stretch and woven
You could always lay by a machine that cost a little more if it has a good amount of utility stitches,stretch stitchs,buttonholes and a few decorative ones. If you intend to make most of your clothes ,basics like adjustable foot pressure (great for stretch fabric) stitch width and length adjustment are pretty much a must.

A good quality older machine would be worthwhile.

Good luck on your sewing machine quest. 😃

Jillyjonks
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Date: 9/17/13 8:42 PM

That was a great price for the Viking 100Q machine that you purchased. I looked into buying one for classes be didn't see it for less than $399.00.

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