(Closed) Help me pick a sewing machine for my xmas present!

posted 6 years ago in Holidays
Post # 3
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I recommend a Singer – any Brothers I have used always have weird quirks. 

This is a very good basic machine.  You would want this kind because it has an automatic buttonhole function.

If you decide to pursue sewing as a hobby, you’ll want to upgrade to a better machine.  But for now, this is not too much money to put out!

Post # 4
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’ll be curious to see people’s replies to you.  I want a sewing machine too!

I want something that is good for beginners but can transition to more than just beginners too as I improve and do more.  I’d like to only have to buy 1 sewing machine that can move with me as I get better.

I don’t see myself going crazy but I want something that I can use for fun crafts and projects and sewing things for future kids and such.

Post # 6
363 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@raisedonrobbery:  I actually have THIS Brother sewing machine and I love it! Haven’t had any problems so far and I’ve made a number of things. 

Post # 7
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Mrs.KMM:  I currently have this machine – a heavy duty Singer 4411, and I highly recommend it.  It’s a manual machine, but it’s good for everything I don’t use my serger for – like quilting.

EDIT:  The Singer 4423 is a step up from this, with an automatic buttonholer and threader.  I didn’t buy this one, because at the time, it was about $60 more, and I don’t need these functions. 

However, if you want a sewing machine with a computer, I’ve used this one  – Singer 9960 – and I liked it. 

On a higher end scale, I am really craving this machine – a Bernina 1008.  It comes recommended by almost all of the sewing bloggers I read.  It sews like a dream.  But it’s about $800.  Maybe someday!

Post # 8
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m commenting on this to follow along! I used to sew but am really rusty at the moment. I’m looking forward to picking it back up again. I have a really nice Brother that I got for a steal on Craigslist, but something happened to it while we were moving – when I push on the pedal, the needle doesn’t move up and down, but I can hear the motor running. If the part or repair is too expensive I’ll be buying another one too!

Post # 9
33 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

I have the same brother machine that @SquidWeds has, it works perfectly and when I was shopping I felt it had the right balance of features I might use, without going overboard which jacks up the price.  

Plus its really cute!

Try signing up for brothers website, they have specials I saw, like around mothers day for instance. 

Also keep in mind, that even though you want something for beginners, as a beginner you want a machine that will not freak out all the time (thread getting jammed etc), which is very discouraging.  That will make you want to throw it out the window, plus ruin fabric, waste time, etc.  So, you want a high enough quality machine that it will help sewing be more of a pleasure rather than a chore.  

Lastly, I would suggest taking some sewing classes before you buy, sewing is WAY more laborious than it seems like it would be, and I haven’t used my machine as much as I thought because I was picturing whipping up dresses whenever I wanted…turns out it takes me a good 15 hours just to make a (somewhat complicated) top! that doesn’t include shopping time to get the fabric, pattern, and thread.   

Granted I might use it more if I had the space for a dedicated sewing room or area so it wasnt a big production just to pull it out and set it up etc.  

Just saying that you might want to confirm that you love to sew before you spend the dough on a machine of your own.  

Post # 10
2448 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

i’m just now starting my journey into costume design and couture. i highly recommend my little brother cs6000i. buy it from amazon. i feel like it’s a great machine for beginners that you can grow into.

Post # 11
1249 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@peonies322013:  +1

I turned half the living room into my sewing room, haha.  But yeah, sewing is not just an easy hobby to just pick up.  I’ve been sewing for 15 years, and I’ve only become really GOOD in the past 5 years.  If you want an easy hobby, I would recommend scrapbooking, crochet, cross stitch, or card making. 

Sewing is TOUGH.  I tried to teach Darling Husband how to cut out a pattern, and he…did not pick it up.  Making bags/pillows/quilting is fairly easy enough, but if you want to make garments, you need to learn how to alter patterns to fit to your body, which is a whole other ball game.  Taking a class is an awesome idea.  Your community college should offer courses in sewing!

Post # 12
5148 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My mom is into sewing and quilting. She won’t use anything other than a Bernina. http://www.bernina.com/en-US

I have her old Bernina from when she upgraded. It’s probably 30 years old now, still works great! 

Bernina is also easy to use and adjust. My mom had a different brand of sewing machine a long time ago, she said she fought with it constantly to get the stitching how she wanted, it would jam up, etc.


The one I have is like this: http://www.bernina.com/en-US/Products-us/BERNINA-products-us/BERNINA-Sewing-and-Embroidery-Machines-us/BERNINA-Classic-Series-us/BERNINA-en

My mom has one of the newer fancy computerized ones that also does embroidery. And she has a serger by them too.

Post # 13
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@rubyred605:  My mom wants a Bernina too! She has a Pafaff and has had it for 30ish years, that’s always a solid choice, but they are expensive and she sews A LOT. 

Post # 14
243 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Singer is awesome. I’ve never had problems with it and niether has my mom. Like a PP mentioned, sewing is quite difficult to start with but it’s definitely rewarding! – my mom and I made all of our curtains, cushions, duvet covers and it’s become a family tradition 🙂 

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