(Closed) DIYers, especially Sewing Bees: beginner sewing machine recommendations?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
97 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

All my machines that i own are brothers. I love them! I started out cheaper and then upgraded to the dinsey brother which does many things in one. I guess if you buy more expensive and love sewing the machine will pay off but if you buy cheaper and not many options and you are better at sewing you will have to upgrade. So id say buy a good one right away. Brother machines are easy to thread and there website is very helpful as well. Good luck!

Post # 4
8434 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have a brother sewing machine as well.  They have a good range of functions, aren’t too expensive, and are pretty user friendly.  I know some of the local stores around me offer free sewing classes if you purchase your machine from them, but I purchased mine from amazon.

Post # 6
1311 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

This one is mine. It’s a limited edition from Kenmore that i purchased at Sears over Christmas / Boxing holidays.


I love it. It’ sreally user friendly, has tons of stitch types…. it’s super easy for a beginner but it is also suited for varuious jobs, even jeans.


There is a girl that teaches sewing in my area and she only has her students use that machine.


I only had one lesson on it and already made few things by myself…


Investing in one is a really great idea! I never knew how much it comes in handy until one day on my way to work my hem came out from my pant leg and FI’s daughters shirt needed fixing. 


I spent 180$


Post # 7
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Get the very, very best machine you can; something that is cheap but is a chore to sew with will keep you from developing the hobby.

You really only need two stitches – straight, and zig-zag.  (ok, maybe a buttonhole stitch too).  Anything else is extra.  So for someone starting out I would recommend the most basic model of the best quality machine they could get.

I personally sew on a Pfaff.  German-made, fairly expensive, but easy to thread and sew on.  I wouldn’t recommend it for a beginner unless they were committed to the hobby.

Go check out PatternReview’s reviews and anecdotes on machines.  That’s the best online sewing community I know of.

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