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    What is the best used metal sewing machine for the price?

    I just bought a brand new Brother CE11000PRW, which works great for most applications. But, I was surprised at all of the flimsy plastic parts and I am not very confidence it could handle 2 layers of packcloth.

    I used to work in a shop repairing sails and I loved those burly all metal machines. However, those machines were pretty high end and, TF, expensive.

    I'd like to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $3-5 hundred for a used, good quality, reliable machine, preferably one that has readily available parts. I want it to handle heavier fabrics like packcloth. Being able to do a bar tack would be gravy.

    Any suggestions?

    What should I look for in terms of features?

    Is my price range in the ballpark or wishful thinking?
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    I know it's not a used machine, but I've been very happy with my Baby Lock BL20A "Anna". It's in your price range as a brand new machine, has an all-metal frame, and has taken everything I've thrown at it so far. The lady that sold me mine demonstrated sewing through multiple layers of denim in the store. They're not available online, but there are a few authorized dealers in your area. The MSRP is $400, but, at least in my area, sales on this model are common. I got mine for $200. I hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Short White Guy View Post
    has an all-metal frame,
    I don't know this machine at all so I will not comment on this particular usage. But be careful of this kind of statement. IMO the _frame_ of a sewing machine is much less prone to wear and damage than the moving gears and other parts. A metal frame is not much of a selling point in my book. As I say, I don't know this machine at all so the above may not be applicable but I have seen this kind of statement in some ads for machines I know are cheapos. "All metal frame warranted for five years." Give me a break...

    That said, I've heard good things about the babylock machines in general.
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