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    Senior Member cosmicmiami's Avatar
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    Buying New Thread Injector, Need Advice

    I know, I know...there is a thread on buying used. Trouble is there aren't a lot of used machines in my area and I'm not going to eBay. Too many what ifs.

    I have three pairs of pants that I need to have hemmed. These are work pants, not dress pants. I'm going to be paying $15 each for the hem (I know it's steep but that's the rate 'round here). Got to thinking, might as well buy a machine. I did a bit of sewing when I was a kid.

    So I'm looking at a couple lower end Singers. I don't need anything fancy. Right now I have no plans to DIY anything in particular but if I get the machine I will be itching to try my hand at a stuff sack or maybe a pack cover or whatever.

    Any thoughts? Thanks.

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    Have you checked with your local sewing machine repair shops? You can normally find good used machines that way. Trade ins.
    "Interesting! No, wait, the other thing.....tedious!"- Bender Bending Rodriques

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    I would do what pedro suggests. Although I get my wife's machine when she replaces it with something better.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    That's cheating!
    "Interesting! No, wait, the other thing.....tedious!"- Bender Bending Rodriques

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    Watch out with those low end Singers. Not the quality they once were. Talk with the guys that repair machines and see what's junk and what's not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedro View Post
    That's cheating!
    Nah... it just makes me a sewing machine snob....
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

    "Bless you child, when you set out to thread a needle don't hold the thread still and fetch the needle up to it; hold the needle still and poke the thread at it; that's the way a woman most always does, but a man always does t'other way."
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    Am I looking for any particular features? I'm thinking I don't need 1001 patterns. Straight stitch and adjustable zig-zag is all I can think I would need.

    The problem here in Miami is I don't speak Spanish. I'll try to find a repair shop that speaks English!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cosmicmiami View Post
    Am I looking for any particular features? I'm thinking I don't need 1001 patterns. Straight stitch and adjustable zig-zag is all I can think I would need.

    The problem here in Miami is I don't speak Spanish. I'll try to find a repair shop that speaks English!!
    The largest repair shops on the planet! Hre are a few I've been wanting to visit.


    http://www.miamisewing.com/Page_2x.html

    http://www.floridasewingmachines.com/Page_1x.html

    http://www.miamisewing.com/machines/juki/juki.htm

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    i have a brother i got from wally world for $80...
    made many quilts with it nd she is still kicking...never had a problem with it
    for someone that only going to sew here or there i think it's a good buy
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenlespaul View Post
    i have a brother i got from wally world for $80...
    Mom and Dad says the stork dropped mine off at the house.

    Quote Originally Posted by greenlespaul View Post
    she is still kicking...
    Those wally world brother's must have gender issues?


    I'm sorry, I read this & just couldn't help myself.

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