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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Looking for a s/m under $150 ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Meerim
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Date: 2/13/07 5:28 PM

Dear all,

I know this type of question has been posted before, however, after spending days looking through, I haven't found one that answers my question exactly. I am looking for a sewing machine under $150, can't decide yet, computerized or mechanical.

I am a beginner pretty much, but learn very fast, and will be doing mostly fashion projects, wearable every day stuff. Also will be using embroidery and applique to design t-shirts.

Any advice would be so helpful! I am the kind that cannot decide for months!

Thank you!

Meerim

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Date: 2/13/07 5:37 PM

If you want a brand new machine, Janome has some mechanical models that are not too expensive. There is a model 405 that I believe sells for around $149-$199 and can be purchased on line.
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Date: 2/13/07 5:55 PM

It is not possible to manufacture and sell a good quality machine for "under $150," or anywhere very close to that. Instead of buying a piece of junk, do yourself a favor and find a shop that has a good reputation for rebuilding machines, and ask them to help you pick out one that will give you many years of service, or lose very little value as a trade in on a better model later on.

Bill Holman

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Date: 2/13/07 8:31 PM

I agree with Bill. His advice is always wise. I did recommend the Janome 405 because the machine is still listed on the Janome website even though I have seen it for sale at on line dealers. Local Janome dealers also might still have this machine in stock. Janome came out with this machine a few years ago as a Mother's Day special I believe. I think most of the products on the Janome site are pretty good machines. It is not the same as if you spent $150 for a machine at Walmart.



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Date: 2/13/07 10:11 PM

You may want to look at some of the Kenmore machines.



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Date: 2/14/07 6:34 AM

Since you are on such a tight budget, why not put the "word" out to family, friends, neighbors, etc... that you are in search of a machine. You might get lucky and a free on will pop up. Even if you had to spend $60 to get it tuned up and another $15 on a manual, that is still under budget.

Really, unless it is some really special marked-down price. The truth is that at that price point the machines tend to be more "economical" in nature, not just in features, but all the way around.

I have seen some great deals at local sewing machine shops on some very high quality used machines, and I second Bill's suggestion to go check them out.

If you can come up with $50 more, Sears has the 16231 on sale at $199 ($150 off). It is Janome made and a decent machine for the money IMHO. Also, haunt your local Sears stores and check out their clearance, display model and customer returned machines. There are sometimes good deals to be had.

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Date: 2/14/07 7:21 AM

I agree with everyone above it will be very difficult to find a good quality machine for under $150.

Perhaps consider a lay-buy. It's best to spend a a few $100 extra so you can get a machine that will last you years.

I would recommend getting a new machine from a reliable dealer. That way you are covered by warranty on the machine and the back-up of a good dealer is worth every cent. Plus you should get a free lesson to start you on the machine.


I 1st purchased the Janome Myexcel 18w for $399 it is a great strong machine and will last many years. It's easy to use with all the basics you will need for sewing/dressmaking/quilting.
I just completed a review on it if you wish to know more details.

You will be better off spending a little extra on a machine like this then purchasing a bit of junk at $150 from a Supermarket.

I know a lady who's relatives well meaning purchased her machine for Christmas. It was on sale at Supermarket for $150 what a bargain. This lady has had nothing but problems with that machine. It has made it difficult for her to learn because she has a machine which is a bit of junk.

Perhaps you could try e-bay or garage sales for a good quality 2nd hand model. A few dealers & mechanics actually sell new and re-conditioned machines on ebay.

Just be careful because if you purchase a machine that is over 10 years old it may be difficult to get parts in the future.

All the best quiltingbee

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Date: 2/16/07 11:47 AM

Meerim, I have to agree with Bill and the others that advise to look for a older used sewing machine. I understand that the newer ones in your price range have lots of problems. I am a lover of sewing machines and can't understand why a person would donate a perfectly good one. Start looking at thrift shops etc. Yard sales too. You might just surprise yourself with a nice machine for well under your price limit.

Best wishes.

Sew Cool

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Date: 2/16/07 6:35 PM

I think you have gotten some good ideas to consider: looking around for used and letting everyone know you are looking for a good used machine.
Just thinking about my old Singer 328K -bought new in 1962 for between $100-200 I believe, and it was not Top of Line. That would make most regular machines pretty cheap these days!

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Date: 2/16/07 10:23 PM

I don't know - Joann's has a White on sale right now for $129 (down from $199 I think) which is very similar to the one I have. Once I've learned to use it, it's done very well for me. (Or maybe you just don't miss what you've never had!)

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