|Posted: 11/30/2012 2:11:42 PM|
btt tonight in case anyone else has any input before I make my final decision. Pridemom and melissa, boy that machine you posted gets excellent reviews - I am almost sold on that one, but I am just wondering if she would want a full-size and not a "mini"...since that is what she's used to using. If you are here tonight, is it quite a bit smaller than a typical machine?
So the person's name I picked in the family grab is TOUGH to shop for. I pay very close attention to what people mention all year, and the only thing she's mentioned she wants is a sewing machine. I would love to surprise her with one.
I know she wouldn't be too picky, but man oh man I just peeked online and there are a TON of different sewing machines out there. Would the ones in the $100-175 range just be junk? Or decent?
She's not a pro or an avid seamstress or anything but she does know how to sew - in the past she has made handmade Halloween costumes and such with a borrowed machine.
I'm so confused about what's out there - computerized vs. not, different brands, models, etc. On Amazon there's hundreds upon hundreds of types!
Does anyone have one in that price range that is a good machine they would recommend?
I would be SO grateful for any help! (Last time I touched a sewing machine was in 7th grade Home Ec!)
Loc: Canyon Texas
|Posted: 11/30/2012 3:38:14 PM|
I bought a brother on amazon (free shipping) for about $130 and it has been good. I'm a beginning sewer (sp??) and it has done everything I have wanted it too. the only thing I've done is broke a needle and it was my fault. Easy to set up too!
Pam in CA
Loc: So. Cal.
|Posted: 11/30/2012 3:58:07 PM|I have this machine: web page I like it. I'm pretty new to sewing so I didn't want anything really expensive. This machine suits my needs. The foot pedal can be a little over/undersensitive at times. There isn't any way to adjust this on the pedal. I have to get used to this aspect each time I pull out the machine after not using it for a few months. That's my only complaint.
|Posted: 11/30/2012 4:08:19 PM|
|Posted: 11/30/2012 4:09:58 PM|
The $100.00 Brother at Walmart!!!! It's held up for the past 8 years for me and has ALL of the basic functions that you need to sew pretty much anything! I love it and it's easy to use.
Loc: Microsoft Central
|Posted: 11/30/2012 5:08:16 PM|I bought this Brother machine for my daughter's birthday earlier this year. It's a great little workhorse!
Loc: Mesa, Arizona
|Posted: 11/30/2012 5:17:22 PM|
I got one on Amazon last year for about $60 it's a Brother it has 6 stitches. I really like it. I'm not a beginner but I'm not advanced either so it works good for most projects I need to do.
Pride of the Peas
Loc: Stuck in the Middle With You
|Posted: 12/4/2012 1:11:54 AM|go to a vac-sewing repair shop, they will have many brands they encourage trying them out and they the best points of each. YOu can get a lot of machine if you buy used.They do have new good way to compare
|Posted: 12/4/2012 8:08:45 AM|
I have the Kenmore Pridemom posted. I bought it at least 6 years ago and paid something like $65-70. I bought it because I wasn't so sure if I'd use it much and didn't want to invest in a more expensive machine if I wasn't going to make much use of it.
I use it ALL the time! I make costumes for the ballet company my daughter is in. It has been such a workhorse and continues to be. I have another machine I was gifted and it isn't nearly as well made.
|Posted: 12/4/2012 10:07:14 AM|I have this machine. My husband bought it at Walmart for my birthday a few weeks ago and it was under $150 I think. The only issue I've had so far was a horrible noise it makes when I apparently did something wrong with winding the bobbin. It sews well though and I like it. The button hole is neat and super easy!
Loc: Central Illinois
|Posted: 12/4/2012 10:14:50 AM|
My Kenmore is over 12 years old and still works well. It has a lot of stitches on it and I know I didn't pay over a $100 for it.
In that price range, I'd go for a Kenmore.
|Posted: 12/4/2012 10:17:06 AM|
Hautelook.com has a sale on Brother sewing machines. I don't know how good the deals are, since I'm not in a market for a sewing machine, but I generally get pretty good deals on other things on Hautelook.com.
Doxie Pea Mom
Loc: Rhode Island, USA
|Posted: 12/4/2012 11:44:01 AM|
Hancock Fabrics has a couple of Janomes on their webiste that are less than $150. I have 4 Janome machines, an embroidery machine, a 5000, a Jem and a serger. I love their machines and have had them for years. My girlfriend had a sewing school for several years and she had all Janome machines and never had any problems.
|Posted: 12/4/2012 11:45:58 AM|
I got a Baby Lock at a local sewing specialty store for $100 - it's not fancy and it's bottom of the line, but it's an excellent brand, so it's a good way to go.
|Posted: 12/4/2012 12:18:27 PM|
I have a brother CS6000i and I got it on Black Friday last year for 99 but it is a great machine
|Posted: 12/13/2012 9:50:32 PM|
btt tonight in case anyone else has any input before I make my final decision.
Pridemom and melissa, boy that machine you posted gets excellent reviews - I am almost sold on that one, but I am just wondering if she would want a full-size and not a "mini"...since that is what she's used to using. If you are here tonight, is it quite a bit smaller than a typical machine?
Proud Pea-lice Wife!
|Posted: 12/14/2012 8:19:33 AM|
I had a Kenmore for 10 years. It's not the model that was recommended, but I think it's a fantastic brand! Mine was a complete workhorse and very reliable. The only reason I don't have it anymore is that I just wore it out (I sew nearly every day). I don't think you can go wrong with a Kenmore.
Janome is also a great brand.
The only machines I would caution you against are the machines that are sold at Wal-Mart. Often, these don't hold up as long because they use cheaper parts to get to the cheaper Wal-Mart price.