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July 11th, 2008, 04:00 PM
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Sorry if this doesn't belong here, but I figured it did... lol

I was wondering how many of you ladies had sewing machines? What would you recommend for a beginner? A computerized machine or a mechanical one?

I'm looking to purchase a sewing machine. I want to start out small, making curtains and whatever else I can think of. Eventually, I want to get into making purses, wallets, etc. Only if I am GOOD at it.

I want to do my own little business from home once I get the hang of using sewing machines a little better. My grandma taught me how to sew when I was younger, but I forgot most of the basics. I'm thinking I'll take a sewing machine class after I purchase a machine.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

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July 12th, 2008, 08:07 AM
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I grew up with my mom's old Viking, which BTW still runs great, that thing is well over 30 yrs old!

I started out with a cheapie White brand sewing machine which was abut $200. Total piece of crap. the tension never stayed where I set it so the thread broke all the time. Jammed up alot too. And I was just trying to make basic stuff - curtains, small meding jobs, small quilts. If you plan to stick with sewing don't get a cheap machine.

From there I moved up to my current machine, a Janome, which I think if it wasn't on sale and I hadn't traded in my POS White, I probably would have spent $600 instead of $300. It is not computerized but you don't have to mess with the tension, it doesn't jam up, it sews thru really thick stuff, and it comes with alot of fancy stitching options as well as lots of accessories for different types of sewing. IMO, totally worth it. My grandma, who sewed all her life and still does, loves her Janome, so she's really the reason I even tried that brand.

Good luck!!
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July 12th, 2008, 11:10 PM
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I don't really want a computerized one. I think it would confuse me. I'd rather just use the "old fashion" ones. I'll have to do a lot of research. I really want to stick to it. I need another new hobby.

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