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From: Anya
Date: 11-13-2003, 05:13 AM (1 of 3)
Hope you can help me. I am a total beginner to sewing and want to buy a sewing machine, but it's just so confusing. I'm generally pretty creative and make jewellery, so I figure I might be okay with sewing too (that's the plan anyhow!). For now I'll just be starting off with curtains, cushions, throws etc, so I think I need a pretty basic machine, but I plan on taking classes in dressmaking in the future, so I don't want to have to upgrade the machine if I find out mine is too basic.

What I'd really like is some advice on what sort of machine I should be looking for, both makes and models and also the features I would need on a machine. And what is the difference between a sewing machine and an overlocker? Which one would I need?

Thanks for your help.

User: Anya
Member since: 11-12-2003
Total posts: 1
From: DorothyL
Date: 11-13-2003, 08:13 AM (2 of 3)
I'd say not to start out dropping a ton of money on your first machine -- unless, of course, you have tons of money. You can get a machine that has several basic stitches and feet for a couple hundred bucks. Remember you are going to need other tools as well. And you will want lots and lots of fabric. Then you will probably want more fabric.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
Total posts: 3883
From: wghmch
Date: 11-13-2003, 02:46 PM (3 of 3)
Go to a shop that has a good repair reputation and have them help you pick out a good quality machine from which someone else has "moved up". You will get far more for your money, and there will be more "good miles" left in it than in a new low end machine. At this point, there are three possibilities for where you're going in sewing.

First: You won't like it enough to stay with it. If so, you won't have invested too much in a machine, and you'll have a reliable one to go back to when you want to repair, etc.

Second: You will like it enough to stay with it, but not enough that you need a fancier machine. The advantages here are obvious.

Third: You will really "get hooked" and want to go further. In this case, you will have an adequate machine and can supplement it with a serger, (frequently a good way to go) or have a very desirable trade in on a TOL machine.

Bill Holman
User: wghmch
Member since: 03-04-2003
Total posts: 249
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