I am looking for a new sewing machine, and I am wondering what machines you all use. Do you think it would be better to buy a cheaper new machine, or a nicer used machine? I’m hoping to spend under $300.

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    Jun 15, 2012, 12.05 AMby claireokc

    There are several top machine companies. I suggest you buy the dealer. This will be your warranty and insurance against anything going wrong with the machine. If you are starting out, buy a used machine from one of the top companies. If you know you like sewing and will pursue it further, start with a basic good new machine from a good company. Notice, I do not recommend buying a machine from a mediocre or low-end company. If you sew with a mediocre or bad equipment you will end up with mediocre or bad results.

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    Jun 15, 2012, 07.11 AMby katexxxxxx

    Have a read of my sewing machine buying essay…

    http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/On%20the%20care%20&%20Feeding%20of%20sewing%20machines/on_the_choosing.htm

    The machines I use most (out of a collection of about 25, ranging from hand cranks and treadles throught to electronic wizardry!) are:

    Bernina 1005: about 15 years old. Mechanical machine with a useful handful of household stitches, impeccable manners, and the most fantastic eyelet sewing kit EVVAH! As I make historical costumes and corsets, this is important…

    Husqvarna Lily 550: 15 YO electronic magic with impeccable stitches, some lines of embroidery, and 10 different butonholes… Can also do proper eyelets. My regular on-the-bench machine

    Frister & Rossman Cub 7: this is over 30 years old, and a small machine. It’s my main ‘grab and go’ machine for sewing elsewhere. Right now one it at me partner’s house as we are sewing there next week.

    Husqvarna Viking Optima 190: their top of the range machine 30 years ago. Semi-electronic. Really good tough machine. The one on the other side of the bench!

    Bernina 1150MDA serger/overlocker. My go-to serger. Always out, always threaded. Snmooth as silk, really easy to use.

    Brother 134D: my other serger/overlocker. An excellent back-up and second machine for larger projects that require two set up at once!

    There are usually at least two sewing machines and a serger set up at each sewing room, and we swap round and use whichever one we need for whichever process.

    Our next sewing machine purchase will probably be a commercial style embroidery machine.

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    Jun 15, 2012, 02.00 PMby tzyg0nka

    I got a new Janome 8077 electronic on ebay for $250. It has one-step buttonholes, but no eyelets and all the fancy stitches I need. I like Janome machines because they are very reliable and relatively low priced.. They are made in Taiwan not China.

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