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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Some help finding the machine for me? ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Some help finding the machine for me?
mothyrgrimm
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Date: 4/20/13 5:05 PM

I've been using my grandmother's cheapie Walmart machine and I'm running the poor thing into the ground. I'm opening a business soon and need something that's reliable, can work work work, doesn't have issues with thickness, and I would love a handful of different stitch options and speed control. Most everything I'll be doing will be turned and top stitched. My price range is around $500-$700, and I'll be sewing things like fleece, zorb, knit, and flat cotton.

I was looking at a Viking Lily 540 or 545 but I was snubbed by someone for thinking a 20 year old computerized machine would work worth anything... I also was interested in a Juki maybe, but I'm really lost for the most part.

Thanks so so much for any help!


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Date: 4/20/13 7:20 PM

Using a home machine for any business will technically void the warranty, so I would go with a used machine, because they don't typically have warranties either.

Many people find the old and vintage mechanicals will sew through anything without fuss. If you only need straight stitch or straight + zigzag, these would be a great option. Mechanicals from the 50s on up can have more stitches. Computerized machines are nice, but I'd be concerned about older ones because the circuit boards can start to go and there's no way to replace them.

Craigslist, yard sales, and thrift shops are all great ways to get these machines, and even if you need to have something on them repaired, you shouldn't even bump the bottom of your budget.

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Date: 4/20/13 11:03 PM

Any clue on what type? I'm going to have to buy something online and was plan on buying used. I would like a Viking but I'm not sure which ones are mechanical?

Or maybe something like ----> THIS <----
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Date: 4/21/13 9:53 AM

Boy, if you could find an old Pfaff 130, that would be great I would think, for what you need. Ppl even use those old machines to repair sales, and they are one of the very few old machines like it that also have a zigzag stitch AND an extra part that can be bought to attach for embroidery stitches. Alas, they are not really cheap - I see them on ebay for anywhere from $150 (in questionable condition) to $800 (in mint or restored condition).

An older Kenmore even from the 70s - like my 1813 with the super high shank could do the job well, also - at least until you could save for an industrial or a Pfaff 130.

Another option would be a SailRite. They are used to make sails. They are portable industrial like machines with built in walking foot. One is straight stitch only. The other is straight and zigzag. I had the straight stitch only and found it to be too MUCH for my needs. The straight stitch is around $600. The LSZ-1 (zigzag) about $800.00. BUT their customer support is wonderful. If you like their facebook page you can see the myriad of things ppl have made with these machines. They are extremely heavy AND they are made to be serviced at home by you. ALL parts on them can be ordered and replaced by YOU at home. They will even post videos to help you if you contact their customer service. No - I am not affiliated in any way. One day I'm gonna get another - this time the zigzag one.

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Date: 4/21/13 10:00 AM

Voiding the warranty? Ask about this at the dealers, which is the best place to preview and test drive a variety of brands and models. They will have new as well as used machines.

BTW - only the first owner machines will have a warranty.

Once you have decided, test samples of what you will be sewing with the new machine so you will be comfortable with how it behaves as well as all the features that you are familiar with as well as new features.

Keep Grandma's machine as a backup.




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Date: 4/21/13 10:00 AM

Duplicate/touchy keyboard
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Date: 4/21/13 10:08 AM

Something like this you mean? Pfaff 130


I haven't been able to find any dealers around me that specialize or know too much about vintage machines. Most everything out here is just Joann Fabrics stores.


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Date: 4/21/13 10:14 AM

Yes, that's it. I don't know if you have ever ordered a machine from an ebay seller. That machine LOOKS good. Make sure to ask them how they intend to package and ship the machine.

I have bought 4 machines on ebay. One arrived in a cardboard box wrapped in newspaper and was pretty much shot. The other three I have gotten from a very reputable seller who packages them wonderfully. I see that she does not have a Pfaff 130 right now. She does have an old Singer 201. She videos all of her machines so that you can see how they work. I have had great luck with her machines if you are interested in seeing what she has, she only sells vintages that are work horses, and I am not promoting her or affiliated with her. Niftythriftygirl.
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Date: 4/21/13 10:17 AM

That one also doesn't have the embroidery attachment. It isn't a deal breaker since they are usually found separately anyway. That part usually sells for more than the machine. The machine, being all metal, is virtually immortal with proper care.

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Date: 4/21/13 10:47 AM

Here's a nice looking Pfaff 130 with the embroidery attachment. You can see the difference by looking at the pictures of the back of the machine. I don't know anything about the seller.

pfaff 130 with attachment

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