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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Looking for a new sewing machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 1/18/13 2:14 PM

I am an intermediate sewer and am looking for a good, basic sewing machine. I admit that I hate buttonholes and typically avoid patterns with buttonholes so maybe it is time to find a machine that has an easy to use and good button hole function. I never use embroidery or decorative stiching. I plan on taking some classes to improve my sewing skills and would like to start making more of my own clothes. Any recommendations?

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Date: 1/18/13 3:04 PM

First of all, what is your budget. We need to know that first. Then are there any features you would like on the new machine? Mechanical or electronic or computerized? Let's start with these 3 things and go from there.

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Date: 1/18/13 3:14 PM

I just purchased the Singer 9960. It is a great price for all the functions it has and is light enough to take to class. I got it off Amazon. It has free shipping and a great return policy. This machine also has an auto thread cutter. I don't know about you but I can't live without an auto thread cutter.

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Date: 1/18/13 3:17 PM

If I were looking for good and basic with all the features pretty much needed for clothing construction and beyond, I would look at the Janome DC4030 for $549:
Janome DC4030 on eBay
The pink version includes a walking foot and 1/4 inch foot.
This is just a suggestion. You will get suggestions to buy a vintage machine also but this one covers all of today's stitches, including those for sewing stretch fabrics. Plus it has a great selection of buttonholes and you can expand by buying tons of different presser feet down the road.

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Date: 1/18/13 4:29 PM

My budget is under $1,000. I have no idea about special features-I am mostly interested in a good quality machine which produces even stitches, a good topstitch function, easy buttonhole function which produces a professional-looking hole.

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Date: 1/18/13 4:43 PM

For that price range you could get a Juki Exceed. Alot of people just love that machine and there is a whole discussion on it.

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Date: 1/18/13 4:48 PM

Wow, the Juki looks like a really, really nice machine for the price.
Sounds like a winner to me.

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Date: 1/18/13 5:50 PM

Wow... seems Juki has some nice bang for the buck!

Knee lifter, thread cutter.... needle threader.... yeah... these are *nice*!

I just went back over to Amazon to look at THE NEXT JUKI MODEL UP THE LINE (it has twice as many stitches... and I do love doing funky stuff with those... so they're worth it to me) ...

So for $300 more, I'd ante up and get this one.

The Amazon listing didn't have a good description... but HERE IS A BETTER DESCRIPTION & STITCH CHARTS over on the Juki site.

Even if it is a bit of a $$ stretch over the lower model, I think this would make a killer class machine for someone if they eventually outgrew it and got a more elaborate machine down the road.

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Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 1/18/13 7:12 PM

What is a knee lifter? Sorry for the low level questions-I learned to sew on an old Singer machine my mom bought in the 60's. I typically buy very easy or easy patterns and fine fabrics and sew the h*** out of them-french seams, bound seams, topstitching, etc. I have no idea about the newer models or special features. Do tell!

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Date: 1/18/13 7:18 PM

What machine do you have at home now? That might help to know what you are used to working with.
Some people really love the Brother PRW 420 also. Allot of machine for the money.
Knee lift is like a foot pedal but you use your knee instead. ... Just like some sm have start/stop button to use instead of foot pedal.

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