Beginner Sewing Machine?

ohdollypopJune 19, 2011

Hi everyone,

I am wondering if you might be able to provide me with a recommendation for a good beginner sewing machine. I'm a stay-at-home mom and as I wander through stores looking at home decor items like curtains and throw pillows, I can't help but think about how my grandmother could whip that up in no time! Unfortunately, my grandmom lives over four hours away...and if she can do it, I certainly can, right? Also a knitter, I already know what fun it can be to create beautiful things to keep my family comfy and I think it would be nice to be able to extend that kind of pride to things in my own home. :)

I have read lots of reviews online and quite frankly--as a non-sewer, I'm not sure how to determine which pros and cons are most important. I've been searching the forums for a similar thread, but the latest one I was able to find was in 2005. So, I thought I might ask.

Thank you in advance, and I hope you are all enjoying the weekend!

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I would recommend Kenmore from Sears Model 16231 under $200. My children gave me a similar one (model 16221 no longer available) for Christmas 5 years ago. The newer model has more stitches.

I am a self employed seamstress, owining 3 machines. I have to say, I just love the Kenmore, it is the one I use most often.

If you want to spend a little more (about $300) I would recommend White sewing machines. My parents gave me one when I graduated high school (1978) and I am still using it. The White sewing machines can handle heavy duty stuff like upholstery. I have used mine to sew leather. It is also great for every day projects.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2011 at 2:40PM
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I've just been researching this myself and found four different sewing machines that have very good ratings. They are at different price levels from about $70 to about $370. (Those are the sale prices, which are about 50% or more off right now.) You can see them on my web page here:

I'd love to hear what you think!

Here is a link that might be useful: Best Bargain Sewing Machines 2012

    Bookmark   December 9, 2012 at 5:11PM
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