(Closed) Recommend a good sewing machine please!

posted 7 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’ve used a Brother machine (but not that one) for quilting and thought it was very nice.  My machine is actually a Kenmore and I’ve had it for about 10 years now (10? Really? When did I get so old?); I am still extremely happy with it, and have since picked up a few extra feet (like a walking foot)…I mostly do quilting rather than clothing, though, so your mileage may vary!

Have you checked Consumer Reports? They usually have pretty good advice and I bet you can get free online access through your local public library.

Post # 6
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i have this one, its similar but the lighteweight style – and i love it!


Post # 8
566 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have the Brother CS 6000i and love it! OK, so it’s my first sewing machine and I have nothing to compare it to, but it’s awesome, does everything I want it to and even some things I didn’t know were possible. (Buttonholes! I totally didn’t know cheap-ish machines could do buttonholes!)


Post # 10
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Wow, didn’t know there was so much sewing talk on WB! Cool.

Do they work well with jeans? …leather? Coutil? Has anyone tried tougher fabrics?

Just curious how’d they hold up. I’ve been wanting to get a Bernina. 

Post # 12
4771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a husqvarna viking, but they are quite expensive though…

Post # 13
2 posts

My first sewing machine was a treadle machine, so you may have some idea how old I am! I was 11 years old, and my little sister needed summer clothes. My mom laid her down on newspaper and drew around her, and that was my first pattern. I bought a Kenmore in the 60s, and it is still my workhorse machine, but it doesn’t like fabrics that are thin or slippery. Right now I am making a costume that has a satin doublet, so I am borrowing my friend’s Brother PC420, which is a dream for fussy fabrics. I also have a very old Singer that works great on bluejeans and other heavy fabrics. I don’t like the new Singers. I don’t know of any machine that does it all and doesn’t break the bank. There are some $3000 machines out there, but I would be afraid of them. At one point, using the Kenmore, I sewed every stitch my family wore except for my husband’s work pants, which I think were made with wire.

Post # 14
527 posts
Busy bee

I use Bernina machines at work and home.  Good luck with all of your projects!

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