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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!


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    May 10, 2013, 10.36 AMby katexxxxxx

    Bernina 1008.

    Also look at Juki.

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      May 10, 2013, 03.35 PMby ilovegerardo

      Is Bernina 1008 the sewing machine you use regularly? Please give me a little more info on why you recommend these :)

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    May 10, 2013, 07.48 PMby 20beverly08

    try Singer, which is reasonably priced at less than $200 retail

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      May 10, 2013, 09.11 PMby ilovegerardo

      Which models do you recommend? Also, is this your machine brand of preference?

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    May 10, 2013, 10.55 PMby katexxxxxx

    I use an older 1005 regularly. I have had a 1008 here for extensive review. It too is a great machine. Has a useful menu of stitches and is a workhorse rather than a pretty machine.

    If you want something to give comparable stitch quality to your old Kennmore, you need to spend over £500 and look for something built to work rather than full of fancy stitches. I have met very few Singer machines made after 1964 that I would actually pay money for.

    As a professional sewist who uses domestic machines for their versatility, I’d be looking very seriously at Juki, especially their machines aimed at the quilting fraternity.

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