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Sew and Sew?
So, people of the internet.
What makes a good sewing machine?
Features?
Make?
Model?
Go faster stripes?
I really have no clue, so would appreciate hints as to what I should be looking for, at least initially.
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hedya From: hedya Date: May 3rd, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
it entirely depends on:

- what use will you be putting it to mostly

-if you what something simple to start with and then upgrade when your skill does or if you want to go for something that will last (in which case you need to think of future uses as well as current)
absintheskiss From: absintheskiss Date: May 3rd, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I agree with Hayda. It depends on what you want to make with it, and how often you see it being used.

If it is being used for kit, then a lower end model of a reputable make will serve nicely, especially if it has one stop buttonholes, a great boon to sewing.

I have a Husqvarna Huskystar C20 (discontinued now), towards the lower end of the scale, but built like a Volvo and has pretty much all the stitches I would need.

If you are a beginner, then something like this may suit -
http://www.sewingshops.co.uk/itemdetails.asp?item_id=189

For the more advanced stuff -
http://www.husqvarnastudio.co.uk/emerald_116.html

Janome is another very reputable brand. You may be able to get a bargain from Ebay, mostly on collect but you may be lucky and find one in your area.
mrbear From: mrbear Date: May 3rd, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Clearly, the best sowing machines come with someone to operate them for you. :)
queex From: queex Date: May 3rd, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
stockingshock speaks from her fortress of solitude:

Get a reconditioned old one, because it will have all metal parts and will not wear out easily. It will also be difficult to damage and be suitable for working heavy cloth.

If you might need buttonholes, get one that does buttonholes, because they are arse on toast to do any other way.

Ones that can do at least basic zigzags are handy, because they can do most things you'll need.

For occasional use, old Singer hand-operated ones are not a bad bet.

Apparently, Toyota machines are difficult to maintain without going back to the factory, and a few people say to avoid them.
jorune From: jorune Date: May 4th, 2011 07:50 am (UTC) (Link)
A 3d Printer is what you want.
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