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Old 02-22-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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I'm considering buying a fairly basic, inexpensive sewing machine. I came across these options:

http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewi...6/product.html

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A184U1YYXOVW3Q

^which is actually a little cheaper at the Home Depot site? I didn't know they sold sewing machines... http://www.homedepot.com/p/Janome-Se...vZc69bZ1z0vmqc)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0049HAFFK/...d=IT1XW7GAUUZO (there's the regular and the Combo - says you can't sew fleece?)

http://www.amazon.com/Singer-Pixie-P...Sewing+Machine (not the best ratings)

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0021L931S/...I1Y20JX0V5GDYC (I'm worried this one is too cheap)

Does anyone have any thoughts on these, or suggestions of a good machine? I'd like to use it for fabrics such as cotton, flannel, felt, and fleece. I'd like to pay up to $70, but ideally closer to $60.

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Old 02-28-2014, 11:27 AM   #2
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I have this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A184U1YYXOVW3Q

I think this is a great sewing machine at this moment


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Old 03-06-2014, 05:00 PM   #3
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I have this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A184U1YYXOVW3Q

I think this is a great sewing machine at this moment


Thanks for your advice! I might get that one... I have one where I used to live, so I might just have someone ship it to me, if they can find it. It's this Kenmore machine: http://www.amazon.com/Kenmore-11206-...pr_product_top

It's kind of old, but I think it works alright. I actually read on a blog that Janome makes the Kenmore machines now, which is a coincidence!

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If you are only doing light sewing you should be fine- these machines can only handle a couple of layers of cotton. You'd be better off finding an older all metal machine from the 50's-70's. I have a $300 "new" Babylock Audrey and it doesn't handle thick heavy sewing any where near as well as my vintage 70's singer, or even my 1920's and 1930's old black singers.
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I was just about getting the same type of mini sewing machine as I only need a machine for simple sewing.
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I'm not sure that these minis would work well on fleece.
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Thanks for information. My own point of view mini sewing machines is the best and we can easily handle it. But it have some disadvantages. Such as- lack of durability, Might not have a built in light, Less automated, Difficulty with thick fabric.
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I love my older machines. I currently own 6. I just got a Jernome, but my Kenmore is my favorite. I bought it in hmmmmm. 30 years ago. Those newer machines and the nylon gears? Nope. And they are not made the same. I believe you would be happier finding an older model machine, and paying the extra to have it cleaned and serviced. They are work horses. And well worth the money. And less frustration {is it user failure, or the machine? Blame the machine..it usually is that} and it is hard to actually break the older ones. They might throw out of time, but that is an easy fix.

Now, all of that said..if space is an issue {ie. college dorm space?} Well, you might still prefer the smaller model that can tuck in your closet. But probably expect some frustrations with it. And don't blame yourself. You will just be stuck being the "Dollar Store Seamstress" for now. I wish you the best. Do what you can.

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I repair sewing machines for a living. I see that you already purchased a plastic model, so I won't go into too much detail, other than to say that most machine made after the 1990's are totally plastic and aluminum or some other soft metal. In order to keep your machine running longer, to need to heed the warnings to blow out the fabric lint EVERY time after you finish sewing.

Never leave your machine on the floor where it can acquire lint from dust and debris. Oil the bobbin and working parts with grade A sewing machine oil (NEVER with Three-in-One nor with WD40!), or with a lithium grease intended for plastic parts. Remember! plastic outgasses; this means that it shrinks down over a period of time and everything from your guards to your bobbins will begin to get loser in the bobbin well and along the thread path.

Watch your thread to ensure you have it in the thread path at all times, as the less expensive models tend to jump their thread paths and dig into the plastic guards(case) and cause little cuts that will then snag, yank and break your thread when you are trying to sew.

Perhaps when this one gets too frustrating, you might try looking up an older Singer or Kenmore. They are mostly metal, and if kept dry and oiled, will run for another 30 years.
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I think you can find machines for less than 100€ with good price-quality balance.
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