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Message Board > Sewing Machines > What's a good machine for no more than $300? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 9/30/13 6:35 PM

My Pfaff is 22 years old and lately the stitching has been giving me problems especially a wider stitch. The foot pedal does weird things too and of course the buttonholes suck! It has all the fancy stitches which I never use. I do like the walking foot though. I have a cheap Kenmore that does pretty decent buttonholes but the bobbin case gets jammed quite often so I'm thinking about purchasing a new machine.

Basically all I am needing is a zig zag for knits, decent, consistent buttonholes. I don't like fussing with using a blind stitch and I don't use or need embroidery, fancy stitches either. I don't want to pay more than $300. Any suggestions?

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Subject: Whats a good machine for no more than $300? Date: 9/30/13 10:03 PM

Ill enjoy the responses to this one as we no longer have the value packed kenmores to recommend. May need to have a look at the brother models. The 6000i at $200 has been around for years and has a couple of buttonhole styles. Lots of reviews on that one.There could be a janome model under $300 also but it will have fewer features than the same price brother models. Of course used is an option too esp since you aren't asking for much beyond the basics. There are loads of good used models out there...too many to count!

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Subject: Whats a good machine for no more than $300? Date: 9/30/13 10:13 PM

I'd spend the 300.00 getting the Pfaff fixed.

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Date: 9/30/13 11:24 PM

Which Pfaff?

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Subject: Whats a good machine for no more than $300? Date: 9/30/13 11:54 PM

Visit with your local sewing machine dealers. Test drive before you buy.

Be open to testing all the different brands.

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Subject: Whats a good machine for no more than $300? Date: 10/1/13 5:56 AM

Do you live near any Dealers you can visit? If so they will tell you which models fit your prices.
Are you thinking of any Internet models? Or other stores that sell machines?

We can help better if you first narrow down the models that are available where you live.

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Subject: Whats a good machine for no more than $300? Date: 10/1/13 6:57 AM

I usually dont steer people to Amazon but you can get a lot of bang for your $$ esp if your budget is modest...which these days, $300 is modest (sadly). I see a Janome Gem Gold for $199 . It is an older model that used to sell for $400! I almost bought one a few years ago but I opted for the larger "small" machine the Janome 3050 ...i paid $499 at the time. Point being, lots of great, top name, older models at good prices on Amazon. Of course, check the dealers too. Spend every bit of your $300 to get the best for your $$.

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Date: 10/1/13 7:00 AM

I've owned several Brother machines, purchased through Amazon and the big box stores..both mechanical and computerized. No problems with any of them. Do check out Amazon's pages. That will give you a good idea of what is available.

One of my favorite machine's is a straight stitch Brother, circa mid '50's for $25 and I have several vintage zigzag machines...all working well...all under $75. If you are not comfortable with thrift shop purchases, do check out any dealers in the area for trade ins.
Also, a dealer, if available, will charge in the neighborhood of $150 to check and clean a thrift machine. if you can find something good.

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Date: 10/1/13 7:17 AM

Pfaff 1472.

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Date: 10/1/13 8:11 AM

I would have the pfaff serviced also. My non sewing friend who has your model has started doing some sewing type things and we took her pfaff and my 1475 in for spa days a couple of years ago. I think she had destroyed her bobbin case in a rare moment of doing some sort of craft and that was replaced. Now she thinks her previously screwed up machine is wonderful. My pfaff hasn't been used a whole lot as I have a machine collection here but it is my favorite machine with its IDT for machine hemming when I have to shorten rtw woven shirts I pick up. I'd at least have it looked at. I found a foot control in new condition for my beloved old bernina serger after I bought a new bernina serger after being told the foot control was not available. I still prefer using it to the new one gathering dust. Nothing wrong with adding a newer machine if you want one but I'd definitely let a tech estimate the cost of a tune up on the pfaff.

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