One of my close friends lives in Germany & she has decided that she wants to learn to sew. She’s contacted me asking me what machines are a good starter & things like that.

I’m in Australia & looking around on the internet, there are a few brands (like AEG) that we don’t get in Australia that I know nothing about. Is there anyone in Germany that has any recommendations for a good starter machine for her?

Also in Australia, when you buy a machine the store will normally give you a 1-2 hour starter lesson, teaching you the very basics, do you know of any stores in Germany that will do this?

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    Apr 30, 2010, 07.54 AMby julietta

    Hey Roarah, I would recommend machines from Bernina and Pfaff. Unfortunately, those are more expensive but their quality makes up for this. I would not recommend AEG, they used to have very good products but today it is only a license giving to whoever is paying. Stores specialised in sewing machines give a detailled explanation on how the machine works. That’s at least the experience I have had so far. Maybe you can specify what area your friend lives in and maybe one of us knows a good store.

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    May 2, 2010, 07.14 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    hello roarah! you can see, that all experiences can be different: i have baught my first sewing mashine a few years ago at a mailorder cataloge in germany (it used to be “Quelle” wich does not existe anymore) but there are two more big ones still in germany, Otto and Neckermann.

    they both have their own range of products under their own names and mine of quelle i have forwarded to a friend who is still using it a lot and she is very happy with it. problem here is, you get the mashine delivered to your home, but you DO NOT get any instructions appart from the manual book.

    eventhough i work on pfaff 3.0 now, i have to say, that, to be taken, from what i know now, i would allways go for either bernina or janome. their “starter” mashines at the lowest level, might be more expensive, but if you use a good basic mashine, you can have it for very long, and if ever you would go “a step higher” in your mashine-parc, the shop, where you buy it, would allways, take your old mashine back, to use it as a deposite payment for the next-better-more-expensive one.

    please let me know, where your friend lieves in germany, and i will resarche for a shop near where she lives, if she is not deciding to do the cheaper alternative with the mailorder cataloge

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