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Date: 11/23/09 8:16 PM

Hi, my 7 yo granddaughter enjoys sewing with me when I come to visit. We've had to borrow machines however, and my son wants to get her one for Christmas that I can also use when I visit.

Walmart has a Black Friday ad for a Brother LS2000 for $50. Here's the link. http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=12082121 Anyone know anything about this. Would this be a good one for a beginner (and also her grandmother?) I don't want them to get her one of the "play" ones because I've heard complaints that they break and jam easily, and so discourage young sewers. Would like to keep her creatively going. Please help if you know if this one is good or can recommend another. Walmart Black Friday ad Brother LS2000

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Date: 11/23/09 9:01 PM

I haven't used that Brother so can't address it. I do know that "big box" stores and Brother machines have a bit of a bad reputation. Of course, some people have successfully bought and used the bargain Brothers.

Have you considered the Janome Sew Mini? It's about $50 at Hancocks. It's cute (so may appeal to a 7 year old), has a good straight stitch and zigzag, and sews slowly. You can read my review Sew Mini review. I have been very impressed by this little machine.

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Date: 11/23/09 9:47 PM

I bought this sew mini online from hancocks. LINK at bottom.

It's so much cuter than the regular mini. I tried it out. It is slow but does have a great stitch. Works well with a couple of layers of quilting cotton. I could even sew fleece. It is rather loud but functional. I like that it doesn't have lots of stitches and a slow speed. Also the presser foot has a nice front lip on it to help prevent fingers from getting where they shouldn't. My 6yr old DD is getting it for Christmas. It also comes with a great book to help teach her.


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Date: 11/23/09 9:59 PM

Hancocks Black Friday sale has the Janome Sew Mini for $39.95. The price is good through from Friday the 27th through Sunday the 29th. I have this machine and it is great. I think it would be fun for a 7 year old. It has several basic stitch functions, plus a drop-in bobbin, and it only weighs 5 pounds.

I wanted to add that I took a look at the Brother LS2000 on the Walmart site. It might also be fine for your granddaughter. The Brother has basic straight and zig-zag settings, and three needle positions, similar to the Janome. One difference I noted is that the Brother has a vertical loading bobbin, whereas the Janome has a drop-in bobbin. The drop-in bobbin would probably be a bit easier for a child to manage.
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Date: 11/24/09 0:50 AM

Thanks for your reply. I read your review on the Janome Sew Mini. It was very helpful. For the money, I think I'd rather have a full size machine. The last time I visited in July, all 3 grandkids, girl 7, boy 4 and girl 2 1/2 all sewed with me. All my grandkids (all 12 of them) have sewed on my machines and I've always had boxes of fabrics for them. I really want to have something for her to use when I'm not there, as well as sewing with me when I am there. I think for our purposes, and for the same amount of $$, I would want to consider a more powerful machine. I know for what I've done at their home - pillows, curtains, kids clothes and even a reupholstering job, a regular machine might be more helpful. This might do for someone who is just learning though. Good review and thanks for your help.
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Date: 11/24/09 0:55 AM

I did see this yesterday at the local Hancocks. Took my 93yo mom, who was MY first sewing teacher, on a "shopping trip". She enjoyed touching and feeling and "planning" her next project. Although she doesn't sew anymore, we do have that common bond. We looked at this machine because another customer had one and was buying for her grnddgthr. Again, because I know how hers will be used, and will be using with her, I think it would not work for her. It was "cute" though. Thanks for your help. Hope someone knows more about the Brother.

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Date: 11/24/09 1:14 AM

I have a previous generation of this machine, and it was a fantastic workhorse that served me very well for ten years (and is still going strong; it just now has a little sister from Viking). I bought it at Walmart, on Black Friday, for about $85. In my experience, the low-end Brothers are sturdy and reliable.

Good luck!


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Date: 11/24/09 2:36 AM

Thanks Susee....been trying to check online, too confusing. Will check at the WalMart tomorrow. Want something that she can grow with. All my grandkids have sewn with me since they were little. they used to love to go thru the special shoeboxes of fabric I kept on the side for them, along with trims and buttons. She's really been doing well in the last few months. We've made doll clothes and bedding for her dolls, pillows, and a couple purses. Also, having a more "sturdy" one will help when I come to visit. Thanks for your time.

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Date: 11/24/09 2:40 AM

Thanks, glad to have good responses from a Brother owner. Actually, though I've been a Viking owner for over 40 years, and my mom had Berninas. I did just got a Brother LS 1217 from Freecycle, and just had it tuned up and it works great!! I'd give it to my granddaughter; but she's in Florida, and still have some "learners" here in Illinois. Better to have them learn on this one than my Viking. Thanks for your comments....I see you are up late too!!

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Date: 11/24/09 10:13 AM

I got my daughter a CS-6000 for her birthday two years ago, and she loves it. I got it for about $200 @ Target.

However, knowing more about what's out there, I would have gotten her a bigger brand machine ~ simply because the CS does feel a bit on the cheap side. :/

Also, I compared the one you're contemplating with the specs on my DD's machine and I have to warn you: my DD's is heavier, but it's still SO light. It "travels" when you sew unless you put some rug gripper underneath it.

That would be my biggest issue with it. It traveling and just feeling ... kinda cheapy. But that's the SM I got my DD ~ not necessarily what others have. :/

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