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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Basic sewing machine?

I told a GF I'd ask this question.  She is a teacher and has little time to sew, just wants a basic machine for hemming, mending, etc.  My thought is to get a machine of the type your local repair person repairs.  Janome in my case.  Any thoughts?   She has an old singer, but it costs too much to fix (she says). 
Sara in Fla.


  • At October 30, 2012 at 6:36 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

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  • At October 30, 2012 at 6:37 PM , Blogger Doris W. in TN said...

    Gah. A bad typo so I had to delete and start all over again ...

    I think any of the Janome models is an excellent idea. Any one of the Jem models can handle hemming, basic clothing repairs, etc., and might suit her because they only weigh 12 lbs.

    October 30, 2012 6:36 PM

  • At October 30, 2012 at 6:48 PM , Blogger judy in ar said...

    Kenmore has some good machines, too. But I think they are also made by Janome now. She might get a better price with Kenmore.

  • At October 30, 2012 at 7:27 PM , Blogger WhiteStone said...

    Buy a vintage Singer 403 and be sure to get the plastic cams for all the zigzag stitches. I rescued mine from an estate sale almost 20 years ago. It had sat unused so long the oil had gunked up so badly I couldn't even turn the handwheel. With some elbow grease and WD-40 I got that thing working like a gem. I've been using it ever since. All metal gears mean no plastic gears to break. Just oil it now and then and it will run forever. I believe the model 401 and 503 are equally good machines. All made in the 1960s or thereabouts. Google and read more about them.

  • At October 31, 2012 at 8:44 AM , Blogger Joleen in MN said...

    I second the Janome Gem. I bought mine to take to Rosey's Retreat and love it. At least three of my friends have the same machine. I take it to classes, retreats, etc. It is lightweight but can do everything. Access to a dealer is important tho. Joleen in MN

  • At November 1, 2012 at 5:15 AM , Blogger Judy in Ohio said...

    If she wants something less expensive than the cost of repairing an old vintage (all metal) Singer, then she's looking at a machine that won't last long and won't perform well. Tell her to go to a sewing machine dealer and ask to see a used machine that has been traded in; like buying a used car, she can get a nice machine for less $$$.



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