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« Reply #1: January 24, 2011, 10:00:02 pm »

And I DO mean beginners.

As in having never sewn a stitch in our lives.

But Randall and I are looking for a good, easy to use and inexpensive (say $100-$150 on Amazon) sewing machine. I have absolutely no clue on what to look for, so I figured I'd ask.

Randall wants to hem jeans, and I'm more likely to join a couple of pieces of fabric together to make a coverlet for a bed...nothing fancy.

Anyone have any recommendations? What to look for suggestions?


References - I have been sewing on machines for 40 years and have worked as a professional seamstress.

Older Singers are good - the company got bought and sold a few times and they are not so good now.  Sears has been selling decent cheap machines for a very long time.  I have heard very bad things about Brother sewing machines.  Pfaff and Berina and New Home are excellent - you might find a used one in your price range.  Honestly, you might try to go higher.  I bought my daughter the bottom of the line Pfaff new 2 years ago for 300 or so.  It will last her a very long time - but they didn't even have anything cheaper.  Janome machines don't look very good to me - I have seen them in person.  I have heard good things about Viking machines. 

In short, I would recommend finding a used one of a better brand, I think you would be happier.  I have owned Sears (Kenmore), Singer, New Home and currently have a Pfaff.  The Singer was the only lemon of the bunch.  Maybe Craigslist?  Or the newspaper?
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