(Closed) Looking to buy a sewing machine… but I don’t know a thing! Help please!

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
230 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

This one looks almost like mine. I got mine last year for Christmas. I LOVE IT. When I first got it, I didn’t know a thing. I’m still not ‘great’ at it, but I’m learning. The book that comes with it teaches a lot. A few months ago I learned how to put a button on. I was very excited, lol. Just use some scrap fabric and pratice. I really want to make a quilt, so I’m going to start attempting that, lol. Good Luck!!

Post # 4
5993 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

for a starter machine is looks good – i wonder how thick it will let you sew (quilting)

i have a more expensive machine but things i like are self threading, needle postion up/down (meaning when i stop sewing it will be either in the up or down position-something i really like), selection of stiches and my machine has a finish off button so when i fishing it back stiches a little bit and this machine seems to have them also

does it have a light over the foot work area?


Post # 5
14498 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I bought mine on CL after my old one kicked the bucket.  Some rich wannabe crafter bought a super expensive machine and then hated crafting and sold it cheap to ME!  Mine is a Bernina as is my mothers and she has had it for at least 30 years.

Post # 6
1046 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have a brother embroidery machine I got from costco, I’m an avid seamstress and I LOVE the brother machine.  I’ve had pfaff, janome and singer machines before and always had stupid little issues with them that i’d need fixed by professionals- so far I’ve had my brother 2 years and aside from it’s annual tune ups it’s needed nothing!! That machine will get you going quite well.

As far as instruction goes look it up in the brother website- a lot of times they will have a certified dealer in the area that offers classes and instructions (sometimes free and sometimes they even allow you to bring your specific machine!)

I also am a huge fan of the 1950’s era sewing books (mccalls in my favorite!) they explain things in a very down to earth fashion and the drawings are easy to understand.  (you will also get a kick out of all the blatant sexism that ran rampent in that area spread throughout the pages!) You can usually find them at a thrift store for like a couple of quarters. 



Post # 7
642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I got a basic brother a few years ago and went nuts with it, I made everything! I duvet cover, pillows, shower curtains, back packs, purses, so much other stuff. I burned out the motor in just a few years. So this time I got a singer, a little more but now I am better at sewing and hopefully can avoid burning out the motor. I think that @eloping: had some good suggestions, a light will make a world of difference.

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