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In the market for a new machine, but don’t know where to start? Consumer Reports’ March 2009 issue is out and inside is their top seven machines for the year. While you can’t view which ones made the list without looking at the magazine in person or subscribing online, you can read an article on choosing the right machine for your needs. Similar entries can be found on About.com’s Sewing blog as well Not Martha’s guest spot at shelterriffic.

While I realize that buying a sewing machine is kind of like buying a car – everyone has their preferences that are driven by your price range, I’d still love to hear what your favorite machine is!

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    Feb 11, 2009, 01.54 AMby sweet-saboo

    My fave machine is the vintage Singer ‘Stylist’ (I’m guessing it’s from the 1970’s, but it could be a little older). Has great “road feel”, the simplicity and dependability of the all-metal drive train, and the variety of stitch options and buttonhole functions are easily accessable without needing lengthly consultations from the manual. It does everything one would need a sewing machine to do, and is a joy to sew with!

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    Feb 10, 2009, 12.51 PMby katexxxxxx

    Oh, too difficult! There is no one favourite machine for me…

    For travel, I love my little Elna Lotus Stella Air Electronic, from the ’70’s. I also have a Lotus TSP and a Lotus ZZ (see a pattern here?), a Featherweight, and a Frister & Rossman Cub 4 in the small machine collection.

    For TOUGH STUFF, I love my Bernina 1005. I have a couple of other big old multi-stitch mechanical beauties…

    For precision sewing, it has to be my Husqvarna Lily 550…

    For hand cranks, I adore the smooth operation of my lovely Jones Family CS… But the decals on my Singer 66 are to die for!

    For treadling, it has to be the delightful Singer 15-88…

    Things I lust after:

    Singer ‘Rocketeer’ – those 1950’s space age looks are to die for! The Dan Dare of sewing machines! ;)

    Bernina 950… If I only had the room!

    Husqvarna Diamond embroidery machine. I’ll need to win the lotery!

    I don’t do Pfaff… Nothing against then for quality and reliability: they simply don’t fit my fingers!

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    Feb 10, 2009, 12.44 PMby ghost

    Maybe I’m old school, but I really must recommend vintage sewing machines – machines from the 70’s & earlier. I love the heavy duty all metal construction, and the simplicity of their inner workings. They can also be found inexpensively, second hand. My current go-to machine is a singer 99k circa 1952. It’s a simple straight-stitch machine, with reverse, that I’ve been able to upgrade with cool buttonhole, zigzag, and blind hem attachments. It’s best feature – it can sew through multiple layers of leather! I do daydream about the newest embroidery-capable machines, but I think that is all I would end up using them for. I feel that the old machines are not only totally able to handle all of ones garment construction needs, but they do so with vintage style & charm.

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    Feb 10, 2009, 06.42 AMby vickles

    I too have a Pfaff select 3.0, and it is doing a fine job! I’d recommend it!

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    Feb 10, 2009, 02.39 AMby ichigogirl

    Ah, so my machine won, wow (Pfaff select 3.0 that is). But I can only agree, I LOVE it. I’ve used many sewing machines before and I’ve honestly never used one that is even NEARLY as good. I’ve started sewing HEAPS more after buying it, it’s a dream. My warmest recommendations!

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    Feb 9, 2009, 12.33 PMby lilhunny

    Just looked up the ratings. These are the top pics:

    The top mechanical machines are (1) Pfaff Select 3.0 and (2) Kenmore 15358.

    The top electronic machines are (1) Bernina Activa 230PE, (2) Brother Innov-is 40 Project Runway, (3) Janome MemoryCraft 6600P and (4) Janome 6260QC.

    Best quilting/embroidery machine is (1) Bernina Aurora 440QE.

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