Looking for a mini sewing machine for paper crafting

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Posted 10/2/2012 by jascheide in General Scrappin'
 

jascheide
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Posted: 10/2/2012 6:30:35 PM
I'd like to find a small sewing machine to use on cards/layouts. Any suggestions or ones I should stay away from?


stinkerbelle
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Posted: 10/2/2012 7:03:29 PM
i bought a janome, think it's called a sew mini...? anyway, it was recommended by the peas and i love it! i have absolutely ZERO experience with sewing on paper or fabric, no experience at all with a machine, but i have no problems.

i found a youtube video that showed how to thread the machine and i was sewing on my first page in no time

i bought it on overstock.com and paid $50.

HTH!

ETA: here is the machine i'm talking about


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ElsaBelle
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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:47:52 PM
I think the two that are most often recommended are the Janome Sew Mini and the Kenmore Mini Ultra. I have the Kenmore Mini Ultra and I've never had a problem with it. I've sewed on countless layouts, hemmed pants, and made a few small quilts and other sewing projects. It was $70 very well spent.


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papersilly
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Posted: 10/2/2012 10:05:38 PM
i had the janome sew mini too and used it for awhile until i was sewing so much that i just went back to my regular sized machine. don't go any smaller than the janome size. i learned that the hard way. the smaller machine was unstable, unreliable, and more of a pain to use than a regular machine.



revirdsuba
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Posted: 10/2/2012 10:22:32 PM
The Janome and Kenmore minis are smaller regular brand sewing machines. Do not go with the crafty machines, you will be disappointed.

ElsaBelle
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Posted: 10/2/2012 10:46:14 PM

The Janome and Kenmore minis are smaller regular brand sewing machines. Do not go with the crafty machines, you will be disappointed.


I agree. There have always been posts here on GS about problems with machines that are smaller and cheaper than the two mentioned above. I should also add that if you want more stitch options you might want to spend another $25-50 and go up a level. My machine has very basic stitches. It's not a problem for me - I just wanted to give you a heads up.


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