(Closed) NWR- Bees who sew- What sewing machine do you prefer?

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Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I have a Brother machine that I have a love/hate relationship with.  The machine itself works great, I’m just not the best sewer.  Smile  I’ve had it for about 5 years and never had a problem with it that couldn’t be fixed at home.  (I had a bobbin issue once that Fiance was able to take care of)

I would say that you probably don’t need 50 different stitches, but if you think you might get more interested in sewing (and the cost difference isn’t too great), you should get a machine with a variety of stitches.  Mine has a buttonhole feature which I never use, but it’s nice to have just in case.

If there is a store dedicated to sewing in your area, I would see what they suggest too.  Good luck finding your perfect machine!

 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

I have a Brother. His name is Ringo Starr.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

Singer is a great starter machine. I had one for over 20 years and it ran like a dream with just regular maintenance. I got a Husquarvana Viking machine a few years ago and it is literally a dream machine, but it is/was much more expensive than a Singer. If I were you, I would get a machine that has the most bells and whistles that will fit into your budget. You may not think you will use some of the features, but down the line, as you get more accustomed to sewing, you may want to use them. You don’t want to find that when you decide to make something that you don’t have the function that you need to get the job done. Also, get a full-sized machine. It will allow you more flexibility.

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

@Tswife4ever: When looking for a sewing machine, look for one that is widely recognized and has a good track record for reliability. Different stitches can be used to decorate as well as to sew. Just as an example, when I sewed my napkins, I used a couple different stitches because I wanted to give them a certain look and I also felt that different stitches looked better on the fabric because I was topstitching. I think that most machines now adays come with a zipper foot and a button hole foot, but when you get more into sewing, you will probably want to get more feet for you machine to do different things. For example, if you want to do an invisible zipper, there is a special foot for that. For my machine there is a gathering foot and a ruffling foot and a ton of other feet. I have over 30 different feet for my machine. I don’t use them all the time, but I have them on hand for when I need them. My machine is also computerized. It is the Husquarvana Designer SE. For me, computerized is much easier than dials. You will also want a wide sewing base and a base that is detachable, so you can sew sleeves and smaller items. It really depends on what you want your machine to do as to what you should be looking for in a machine. Do they have different styles of machines in your class? I suggest checking out the different styles to see which one you like the best. You can always get a basic machine and then trade up later. Viking has some very good trade in sales several times a year.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I have always used singers. They are great hobby machines (you aren’t looking to make money making stuff with them)

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have a brother machine that is about 12 years old, the tension on it constantly needs tweaking, but it has held up, and is good for the basics of sewing. I would LOVE to get a Pfaff sewing machine, which I consider to be the cadillac of sewing machines. Vikings are good, but I’ve never used one. My mom had a Singer that she got when she was married, and was still using it up until she passed away 35 years later. My sister has it now, and still uses it from time to time, so that says something. I’d say, for now, just get the most basic machine you can, and if your sewing really takes off, you can always upgrade to something nicer with all the bells and whistles later.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I have been using the same Singer machine for ever. However, it was their top one when I purchased it, and as another PP mentioned I now use all of it’s bells and whistles which I never thought I would. So don’t get something too basic, because you might regret it.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I used http://www.consumersearch.com/sewing-machines to find one right in the middle. Mine’s a Brother CS-6000i and I love it. Bought it on Amazon.

The different stitches are definitely not necessary, but SO fun! Mine even has one that’s a cute pattern of leaves and vines. It blows my mind that all I have to do is press the petal and keep the fabric straight, and suddenly I have this cute pattern on the edge.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My mom swears by Bernina sewing machines. She’s tried others, but always goes back to Bernina. She has a Bernina sewing machine, serger, and embroidery machine.

http://www.berninausa.com/

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have a Singer and love it!! My mom had a Singer for the longest time ever and it’s still running strong.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Bernina girl here!

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