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    What machine???

    Been thinking about making some gear & wanted to know what is a good sewing machine? Looking for something that can handle from 1.1sil to polyester webbing. What do you guys recommend/use? Machine will also be used for regular needs around the house so want something good but still affordable. Thanks for any ideas

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    I bought mine on Ebay... there are some good deals there, although shipping costs a lot. You can check out sewing machine repair shops and see if you can find a good one for a good price (sometimes people give them broken ones that they then fix and sell), or you can go all out and buy an expensive one...

    I don't know the capabilities of all the different machines, maybe someone else can chip in here with better advice.


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    You don't need one with a bunch of fancy stitches. Straight stitch and zig zag should be the only stitches you will ever need. Older machines are usually built better and are more durable than a lot of stuff you see in stores these days.
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    Singer! Only because everybody knows how to work on them and parts for the older machines are still available.

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    I'll second the "older machine" vote... I use a machine that's almost 40 years old and its better by far than most of the new ones.

    Sews basic stitches well without complaint even in fabrics that would cause a new machine to burn out. (4 layers of seatbelt webbing without a hiccup on more than one occasion.) Most modern machines won't even get the needle through 2 layers.

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    I use my wifes Singer(when she's not home) until I get a chance to repair mine. Bought it at a flee market for $10. Only issue is it only goes in reverse... Thing weighs a ton but my friends wife says it is a great machine. The feeder actually has 4 different settings depending on the strength of the fabric...

    Geez, am I actually talking about sewing on a forum...

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    Hey, we're talking here about complex, complicated machinery. Power tools... right?


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    Hehe, true.

    Any machine will work as long as it's in good condition. Find one at a yard sale, flee market or even the local paper.

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    Hey, we're talking here about complex, complicated machinery. Power tools... right?
    Power tools yes!! Would be better it if had a 24volt powerpack battery so we could take it on the trail. Opps... That would be one heavy pack item.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walking Bear View Post
    Power tools yes!! Would be better it if had a 24volt powerpack battery so we could take it on the trail. Opps... That would be one heavy pack item.

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