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Bonny325
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Date: 6/26/12 2:43 PM

I am a new sewer and bought my first machine about 1 year ago, Singer 7430. It needed some repairs and the technician told me how this machine would not be powerful enough to handle doing button-holes and belt loops for jeans without continuing to break.

I am willing to upgrade but am unsure what's the next step to get what I need. I realize there is a huge range in prices and I would like to keep the price under $1000, $500 would be even better if this is all possible.

I would really appreciate some recommendations and advice.

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Bonny

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Date: 6/26/12 3:17 PM

If you are sewing a lot of jeans, you may wish to switch to an industrial zig zag machine. Most domestic machines can handle sewing jeans, but not day after day. All domestic machines have plastic gears and relatively weak motors compared to industrials.

You can often find used industrial machines on Craigslist for anywhere between $200 and $600.

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Date: 6/26/12 3:28 PM

Thanks for the suggestion but I'll only be sewing jeans occasionally and I understand that industrial machines are pretty hard to use. So I am looking for a home machine.

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Date: 6/26/12 3:37 PM

I would say the Juki F600 is ideal for sewing jeans.

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Date: 6/26/12 3:41 PM

Industrial machines are not hard to use, especially if they have a servo motor. You can go as slow or as fast as you want. I tried out a Consew recently and LOVED it! Feet are cheap, too.

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Date: 6/26/12 3:42 PM

Any of my Berninas sew through thick denim seams well. I hem a LOT of jeans, often just turning up the existing hem, which makes it thick. I haven't had to resort to hump jumpers, hammering, etc.

A vintage or used Bernina would be in your price range.

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Date: 6/26/12 5:00 PM

I would go with Maia and get a vintage/used bernina, I would look at any of your local GOOD sewing machine repair shops, they often sell used ones. I bought my bernina from a local one here for under 200! But, they had a lot of them in the 400 range. Mine was 200 cause it didn't come with a lot of feet, and no user manual. The ones that came with a lot of feet and the manual were in the 400 range. And all came with a one year warranty. I'm thinking since your willing to go up to 1,000, (but really the 500) would get you a pretty good vintage bernina.

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Date: 6/26/12 5:25 PM

I would agree with everyone else. I have had two Janomes (one a Kenmore mechanical) and both will sew jeans. My old Kenmore from 1980 sews them just fine as well but it doesn't like alot of the modern materials (knits in particular). I think there are alot of the older mechanicals that will do a fine job. Newer machines can vary alot in their ability to sew heavy fabrics. I have not seen older Berninas around here often and when I have seen them the sellers wanted big bucks closer to 1,000 than 200. Alot of people are happy with the Juki. Beside sewing jeans what other features do you want?

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Date: 6/26/12 5:44 PM

I appreciate everyone's feedback.

Marie36, at this point I would just like to do basic garment construction, shirts, pants, jeans. It would be nice to raise the presser foot higher than my current model and also a better feeding system that didn't pull as much and have the fabric so uneven, but that could be a combination of lack of skill and/or the need for a walking foot. I would like a variety of stitching options and due to room and $$ only want to have one well rounded machine.

Thanks for continued input!!
Bonny

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Date: 6/26/12 5:59 PM

how often do you sew jeans and jeans like heavy materials?

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