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    Picking out a sewing machine

    What do you guys use for sewing machines?

    I'm looking at buying one for mostly gear making. My wife may use it occasionally but not very much (if at all).

    Is the Brother 10 stitch at Wallyword Brother 10 Stitch Machine any good?

    Any input or suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

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    If you are not afraid to spend a little more I would go with a stronger machine. I got a 1950's singer for $250 and love it. It was a good deal from what I take from ebay. I killed 2 older cheap machines. If you think you are going to use it a lot I would get a good one. The older ones have all metal gears inside. Throw in the word industrial and it will do anything you want.

    Give any sewing machine repair places around you a call. They usually have used machines for sale. Let them know you will be sewing heavy material. On my quilts on the corners it is 12 layers of fabric and 2 layer of gross gain ribbin. Mine blows through all of that stuff.

    Stitch wise all I use is straight, reverse, and zig zag. Actually for what I do straight and reverse would be enough.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    $10 Singer at a thrift shop. Few well placed drops of oil and it was off and running. I got lucky; results may vary. Only need two stitches: straight and zigzag. Buttonholer function is nice to have, but not critical.
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    I used to have a cheap Singer from Target and made a lot of gear with it (backpack, hammock, quilt, tarp etc.). The machine was really temperamental (either full-speed or nothing) and struggled when sewing multiple layers of heavier fabric. I also had problems with the machine skipping stitches every so often for no reason at all. I used a walking foot with this machine, and that really made a big difference with some materials.

    But for all the problems I had, I made a lot of nice gear with it. It is really all you need to sew gear, but maybe not all you want...

    I now have a Pfaff and love it. The dual-feed system really works great, it doesn't skip stitches and does not choke on many layers of thick material. I think if I had had that machine when my wife tried her hand at sewing, she might not have given up that easily.

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    I got that one for christmas, works well for seams and other thin stuff. Only made snake skins and a hammock sock so far, handled the zipper great. Not sure how it will do on thicker stuff. I'll update when I get around to making my longer straps.

    I have a backup machine(OLD heavy singer) that I got at a flee market for $10. Other than the reverse spring being streched out, it works great.

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    I bought a Singer Simple sewing machine from Wal-mart. 17 stitch. Paid $90 for it. Nice machine.
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    hdb,
    If you can find a local sewing machine repair shop, they sometimes have really good machines that they have repaired for relatively few $$.
    They will sometimes even show you how to use it. AND, if it needs repair you know who to take it too.
    Some fabric shops have sewing machine repair shops associated with them.

    We have 4 sewing machines and a serger at my house. Only one of the sewing machines is a new one. The other 3 are at least 25 years old and still going strong. My wife's Bernina (which I'm not allowed to use), my mom's old Singer (that she gave to me), my Dial-n-Sew (weighs 20 lbs and is for heavy duty stuff but I use it for everything) and my daughter's new White.

    We've always got something going on in the sewing arena!

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    I went for a completely reburbished 1947 Singer 15-88 at a cost of $300. Weights 40 pounds, straight stitch only, but a very, very strong machine. Sews four layers of heavy webbing like it's not even there.
    Last edited by Quoddy; 01-29-2008 at 07:28.

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    I bought my model 16 Kenmore on Ebay. There are some good deals, but you pay for it in shipping.

    If you could luck into somehow buying locally off of Ebay, you'd have it made.


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    Quote Originally Posted by hdbint View Post
    What do you guys use for sewing machines?

    I'm looking at buying one for mostly gear making. My wife may use it occasionally but not very much (if at all).

    Is the Brother 10 stitch at Wallyword Brother 10 Stitch Machine any good?

    Any input or suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.
    Thats the 1 i use, its made 2 hammocks + the gf loves it

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