Hello, I am having a dilemma on finding a new sewing machine. I’m not a beginner, but I really never gave it much thought on buying a sewing machine.
The machine I learned on is my Mom’s Brother I’m not sure the model but it makes me so mad when I am trying to sew straight. I also bought myself a Brother machine not to long ago, and it is total crap. I bought it to teach my sister to sew on but she lost interest. I only paid $125 for this machine but really?! The stitches are never straight, when I do zig zag stitch the string always snaps or flies out, it doesn’t matter if I adjusted the tension or use high quality string.
I do have another machine, which is a Kenmore from the 60’s I LOVE THIS MACHINE. It sews perfect, beautiful stitches. It weighs a lot too which is a plus when I am trying to sew something really fast and it won’t wiggle around. Zig Zag is flawless, buttons holes are perfect & the reverse stitch is super clean. I really love this machine. I actually got it for free, someone was throwing it out so I scooped it up. It had the case, pedal, and original instructions and machine kit. The problem is something is wrong with the mechanism that makes the needle come up and down. It will sew fine for 2 hours or so then start to make an intolerable screeching sound (it’s sounds really loud and high) eventually it will stop working. I’ve taken it go get repaired twice and it cost a pretty penny. This last time it stopped working the repair shop I had been going to recommended that I buy a new one. I haven’t gotten around to it, so I have been using the crappy Brother sewing machine intended for my sister. I would like to have my old machine back in working condition, but realistically its too much work to keep getting it repaired.
Based on this, does anyone have any suggestions for a good solid machine? Nothing fancy. I don’t need a computer I need a sewing machine that can handle my insane bursts of motivation to sew 48 hours straight and not give me “silly” problems such as threading the needle every 5 minutes.
From this experience, I really like Kenmore :) so if anyone has recently purchased a sewing machine from Sears please let me know if they are still as amazing as they used to be.
I am open to all suggestions, even giving Brother another shot!
The august/September 2014 Threads issue has a good article on fabric shopping in NYC.
i saw something similar but i dont remember where :D
MOOD’S Fabrics ( for dress fabrics). The best and I miss it. Don’t be scared … they h…
Where do the AIDT students in Orlando go to buy their fabric?
I’ve only ever bought fa…
The fabric stores are located in the garment district. They are on W36th street to W39t…
50 Select Red, White, and Blue patterns are 50% off!
Meg got an inside look into our new course, and see why she thinks you need to register too!
Leopard print, stripes, and mod coats for fall.
Sewing & Techniques
Check out this step-by-step tutorial on how to sew these overalls with a modern twist!
This course will guide you through the process of creating an 8-piece Lingerie Collection!
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.