Post # 1
All you crafty bees– I’m ready to make the ultimate commitment and buy a sewing machine. Can you guys recommend any machine that you looove? The only caveat, it has to be something that I can actually buy easily. As in, you may love your vintage 1950s solid steel Singer, but that doesn’t do me a lot of good. Otherwise, I’m very open to suggestions (basic models, embroidery machines, etc.). Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
Hi rzbina! You might want to read this link-her blog is all about sewing and she recently had a good post on how to choose a sewing machine.
Post # 4
- Wedding: May 2008 - United Methodist Cathedral & historic downtown hotel in Cleveland
rzblna, I’m afraid I won’t be too much help, but here are my thoughts. There are 2 basic (technological) types of machines- ones where you have to manually adjust a lot of the settings, and ones that are much more automated, to the point that you can by embroidery patterns and download them (or something- maybe some sort of memory stick?) to your machine for it to just go.
I’ve never used the more technologically advanced ones, so I can’t speak to them, although Mr. D’s sister has one, and loves it. Personally, I think that it isn’t too hard to figure out the manual settings, so I wouldn’t want one of the fancier ones.
My mom has a Singer, and it has been nothing but a headache for her. I have my grandmother’s Necchi, and would, in a heartbeat, purchase a Necchi if the new ones are anything like the old ones. Simple things like changing a bobbin are an absolute peace of cake, and it just works. Always.
Post # 5
hi rzbina! how much do you want to spend? that makes all the difference. i bought one of the cheapest ones i could find about 6 months ago because i wasn’t sure i wanted to commit to being a sewer 🙂
i have the Singer Inspiration 4205 (very basic model), and it works fine for my beginner needs. if you know you’ll be using it for a long time, i’d invest in something a little nicer. hope this was at least a little helpful!
Post # 6
my FMIL bought me a sewing machine for christmas because I had mentioned that it would be nice to have one. She got me a Singer Simple (I am not sure if that is the model or not, that is what it says on the box). It has many different stitches, and works just fine for my minimal sewing skills. The only thing that I had a problem with was getting the button hole foot to work….I still haven’t figured it out 🙂 I don’t think it was that expensive, but I love it.
hope this helps
Post # 7
Here are some tips to buying a sewing machine. The sewing gurus always say:
1. Buy a quality (Viking, Berner, Pfaff) machine at a local sew/vac shop. That way, when you start to have issues (and you will), you can go back to them and they’ll help you out.
2. Buy a quality mechanical machine from the 60s/70s that has worked forever and will continue to work forever.
Basically, you don’t want to buy any cheapo machine from Walmart or Target because a year later, when something breaks, you’ll be out of luck.
So, my advice is to get a machine from Costco. I bought it online, it was easy, it’s new, it’s cheap, and if it breaks, just take it back! I bought a $140 Brother machine, it worked beautifully, very easy for a beginner and enough stitches for advanced users too. A few months later, the thing wouldn’t turn on! Weird… but I just dropped it back in the box and drove it to Costco and voila! New machine! Just make sure to keep the box. =)
Post # 8
my mom has a viking, and i loooove it. i have a husqvarna, and it’s ok, but it’s nothing compared to her viking. it’s sturdy, sews well, is simple to use but has all the stuff you normally need. she’s sewing my wedding dress on it! 🙂
Post # 9
Good luck in your search!
I have a 1967 Singer Touch ‘n Sew that I love. I bought it used.
You might check your local sew & vac store for used/reconditioned machines. If you have an idea of what you like, you could also check garage sales/ estate sales for one and have it tuned up.
Post # 10
I’m looking for a sewing machine too! I thought a bee posted about one she just rec’d as a gift and a cute little table to hide it in. Was I just imagining this? I tried searching but oculdn’t find anything!
Post # 11
Thank all of you guys for your suggestions– I knew I could count on you.
Like I said, I’m very open to ideas, and my price range is $100 to $500. I’m just looking for something that people have used that does what it’s supposed to do and hasn’t broken down. I saw a drool-worthy Viking Husqvarna (staceyb: apparently they’re working together now!) computerized embroidery machine with a touch screen for $7,000, but… yeah, I’d rather pay my mortgage.
I’ve heard bad things about the new Singers. Vintage machines are great– they built them to last back then and they do. New ones are made of plastic and wear out quickly. I’m uncomfortable buying a vintage machine since I’m not that knowledgable, and if you buy a dud off of ebay or whatnot, you’re screwed.
Sandpapertongue: Actually, Costco’s a really good idea! They have great customer service, and they let you return all sorts of things.
Post # 12
I completely agree with weddingmuse. I have a reconditioned pfaff that I love! It’s about 20 years old, so it hardly fits the vintage catagory. New machines are made with plastic parts, vs. older machines that are made with metal. Even though a brand new machine may be new and fancy, I think for $100 to $200 you could pick a great used machine at your local sew & vac store that will run wonderfully for many years to come. I’d go with Bernina or Pfaff. Just my two cents. 🙂
Post # 13
I bought this machine (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0007ZHEJ8) Brother ES2000 about a year ago, and I love it! I have sewed a couple of dresses and other random crafty things, and I have never had a problem. Super easy bobbin loading and auto button holer (my favorite!!!) Good luck! You are going to love it.
Post # 14
I would also check the craigslists in your area. You can get a fantastic deal on a quality machine and you can also talk to the seller in person and see the machine before the purchase, which is always a good thing.
Since you have a rather wide price range I would say go for the good, brand name machines(SInger, Brother, Elna, Bernina) instead of the cheepies. It’s worth it!!!