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JoaniesJosh
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Date: 10/30/13 8:46 PM

My 9- and 11- year old granddaughters want a sewing machine for Christmas, after watching Project Runway for a few seasons. They want a machine with the words "Project Runway" on the machine. Outside of that, can you offer me any guidance? I have 2 Berninas myself, a 1130 and a 334DS Serger, but looks like Bernina does not make an inexpensive machine for beginners. I can't wait for them to have a sewing machine, so I can start lessons. Thank you.

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Date: 10/30/13 9:06 PM

So many choices! What is your budget and what features do you want? Are you going to get DGD a sm or only one to share? This question has been asked before so I know there are some answers out there somewhere. I like Janomes and Brothers. A mechanical is nearly indestructable and more forgiving (love the Janomes) but the computerized have features like speed control that would be helpful for a beginner. Since they are a fan of the show, what about one of the Brothers marked Project Runway?
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Date: 10/30/13 9:17 PM

If they have limited experience my first recommendation would be a speed control slider. I noticed when teaching my nephews and niece (8, 6, 4) that they found it difficult to control the speed with the foot pedal to a speed they felt comfortable to work at. :)

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Date: 10/30/13 9:30 PM

the only "project runway" machines are brother brand. I personally would buy the brother 210pc prw machine based on the features and price. the 420 is more expensive and comes with more stuff, but sometimes too much stuff is overwhelming for beginners.

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Date: 10/30/13 9:46 PM

The PC-210 PRW you recommended looks really nice and a good price at Amazon.com Link:Brother PC-210 PRW at Amazon

Edited to add: And it does have a speed control slider as well.
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Date: 10/31/13 1:37 AM

that is so sweet of you. Good luck with the search. In my family I choose second hand mechanical and a "cheap" 2nd hand Bernina computerized model from the older Activa range.

My dd likes to use both but to be honest she and her best friend cannot stay away from my tank of the Bernina 930---they love the littler machines but maybe the 930 just seems unbreakable to them???

Can't wait to hear about which machine you end up with

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Date: 10/31/13 3:38 AM

A few years ago, I bought a Brother HS2000 for my sons (now 10 and 12 but maybe 6 and 8 when I started to teach them machine sewing.

I had tried and rejected a Janome Sew Mini. I know some love theirs, and I thought it would be a cheap way to get them started, see how much they would "get into it", and have a super light travel machine if they didn't take to it. I got mine from Overstock.com, and it was dangerous IMO. The AC adaptor got very hot very quickly and it was too loud to be safe for one's hearing. I also could not get a balanced, acceptable stitch out of it with a fair amount of fiddling. Sending it back cost half the refund. I know other's rave about theirs, but that was my experience.

They also expressed an interest in all the "cool" decorative stitches they saw on my main machine at the time. I went to my dealer and got the HS 2000 on their recommendation. While I think I overpaid ($250), it was actually very impressed with the stitch quality, ease of use, and buttonholes in this ultralight machine. I wrote reviews of both the Brother and the Sew Mini here on PR.

I think that model does say "Project Runway" on it. Actually, when I got the machine in the box, there was a LARGE color photo of a woman's legs and behind in a SHORT skirt, as if walking a fashion runway. I wouldn't have bought it if I'd seen that in advance. I put the box in the attic before I gave them the machine. I ran all the stitches and buttonholes before giving it to them, in case it was a dud or subpar, and I was so impressed. I think they enjoyed that it says "Brother". My younger son really prefers it over my many other machines. He would rather get out his machine than use one of mine already set up. My older son however, prefers my Berninas and keeps trying to claim one or more as his own. Both enjoy the start/stop button for sewing without the foot pedal, at least most of the time.

In case they couldn't share, I got a light blue Kenmore Mini Ultra on special from Sears for $50. FAR SUPERIOR to the Sew Mini, in function and performance, for only $10 more. Made by Janome also, go figure.

If I were buying for them now, I'd go for a Bernette from the new line. don't know who makes them. The Bernette 12, 15, 20, and 25. They get very little attention, but they are actually feature-rich at a low price starting at $200-300 retail up to about $800 for the top model, the 25. I'd buy a 15 or 20, depending on preference for a drop-in versus vertical bobbin. Those models also have a sleek, cool, modern look, without any feminine touches which some boys won't tolerate. The older Bernettes (46 and 56 and others) were made by Janome, so they should be safe bets, but I've no personal experience.

Janome, Juki, Brother, and BabyLock all have inexpensive machines.

I know many suggest a basic mechanical for beginning sewists, but kids these days are often VERY tech-saavy and some really like finding creative uses for the decorative stitches. Many enjoy sewing without the foot pedal, using the start/stop button. Even with the foot pedal, the speed slider is very useful to the new sewist especially. My mother sewed extensively on a treadle and then Singer Touch and Sew, 457, and 6234 and she LOVED the start/stop button when she got back into sewing briefly a while back.

Now, both my sons can appreciate mechanicals such as my Bernina 1030, Singer 221s, and Pfaff Select, but they wouldn't want to be without those cool decl stitches.

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Date: 10/31/13 4:34 AM

Ikatbag posted a review of the machine she bought for her kids. While it may not be quite what you are looking for, the things she was checking out may be useful?

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Date: 10/31/13 9:55 AM

Since it is "Project Runway" that is giving your grandkids the sewing spark, I would go with the Brother Project Runway machine. It looks like a nice little machine for the price. It is a complete machine for sewing or quilting. At their ages, they might not bond with a vintage machine like a lot of us do.
I think it is great that you are encouraging them to sew.

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Date: 10/31/13 1:44 PM

There are quite a few Project Runway models shown on Amazon. The XR9500PRW is practically identical, feature-wise, to the HS2000 Maia was talking about. Lots of good reviews for that one.

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