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    WTB: sewing machine Help selecting

    Ok....I've gone over the edge, I'm looking on Ebay where a long time seller
    of rebuilt sewing machines offers a number of brands. I need some help
    with brands & models as I've no idea which is better or worse.....

    OMEGA 7040, 3840 <- looks like it will be one of these

    SINGER <--industrial and prices went a little high, trying to stay below 200.

    TOYOTA<-- priced too high as well, you can sew a saddle with these industrial jobbies

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    if you are interested in MYOG/DIY for lightweight packing; an industrial machine is probaly too much- pack, quilts, tarps, hammocks are all do-able on a standard home machine- as long as you have the metal gears, not the plastic ones; and you aren't trying to sew thru your aluminim stays!...
    check your local sewing machine/quilters shop for used older machines- no shipping, no waiting and they have probably been cleaned and oiled as part of the servicing. all you really need is straight and maybe a zigzag stitch..don't let them sell you the embroidery stitches!
    good luck, KM

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    Thanks KerMegan
    I ended up getting one on e/bay fair price, no frills, basic stitches, metal gears,
    your advice to the letter. I just didn’t want to drive around town looking when
    I could do it from the couch watching TV......what have we become ?

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    Gear Makers!
    good luck with the learning curve- start with a couple stuff sacks or a bishop bag and you'll be good to go!KM

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