Sewing Machine Back-up?

annie1971May 25, 2008

I took my serger in for repair a couple of weeks ago and now my sewing machine has gone wonkie and it's in the shop. My serger and sewing machine are both Bernina. I kind of think I should have a back up sewing machine or possibly a commercial grade sewing machine that just straight stitched like crazy. That's pretty much all I do anyway and don't need fancy stitches unless I could find something that embroidered without too much effort, as well. I would appreciate anybody's thoughts on basic quality machines.

I'm just getting started in a small business effort. I'm having a lot of fun, but can't stand to be without the use of my machines. Thanks for your opinions.

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If all you are looking for is a straight-stitch machine for back-up, I suggest finding a good vintage machine. I use nothing but antique and vintage machines (nothing newer than 1960) and have almost no problems with them, ever. I have a small machine quilting business and I do all my custom work on treadle sewing machines--I don't even like the idea of an electric motor conking out on me!


    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 9:45AM
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Annie, I wish I had kept my 1968 Singer. Loved that machine! I think my reference to a back-up machine was not accurate. I'm thinking of a commercial machine to use exclusively and using my Bernina as back-up for straight stitch and whatever special things it can do for me, depending on my project. Gotta hand it to you, though. I guess that treadle never lets you down in a power outage, either.

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 7:39PM
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Take a look at my machines (Studio and National Sewing Machines albums) and the work I'm doing with them (Quilts and Quilting Motifs albums.) I love my treadles, but good vintage electrics are pretty easy to find at thrift stores, garage sales and auctions.


Here is a link that might be useful: Annie's albums

    Bookmark   May 26, 2008 at 9:09PM
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A truly industrial machine is going to set you back some bucks unless you find an older machine at auction or thrift store. Don't be fooled by labels of "commercial/industrial heavy-duty machine" on some of the ebay auctions. People that know have pointed out that the machines being sold are not industrial - just work-horse vintage machines with too high a price tag.

A vintage Singer 99 or 15-91 or 301 machine would be a the types of machines I would suggest. Unless you are trying to sew thru leather or layers of denim, a commercial machine may not be necessary for your business.

    Bookmark   May 27, 2008 at 6:54AM
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