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From: AnnetteB.
Date: 12-11-2004, 12:16 PM (1 of 9)
Holiday Greetings to everyone! This is my 1st EVER posting on this great site! I am also new to sewing. I sewed a shirt back in the early 70's while I was in Middle School and I said after that horrible experience, that I wouldn't sew again. HA HA! You see...I had to wear that shirt to school to get my grade. YIKES! It was so sad...

I would like a portable sewing machine that I could take with me perhaps to a sewing class, or just to be able to move it to another location in my house to practice sewing and not disturb my family.

I have bought LOTS and LOTS of $1.00 material that I would like to use to create perhaps pillows or other crafts with the children at school. I am the PTSO President and I spend a lot of time with these great kids and love to see their smiling faces as they see their projects and the excitement of giving them to their loved ones.

My friend suggested these sewing machines in the order she liked. I would LOVE your opinion about these machines. I would like to have a machine that doesn't just sew straight lines but one that I could make things like pictures, I'm not wanting the cheapest machine but a good quality/good priced machine with several features. I do hope you will be able to help me.


My "Santa" husband has been wanting ideas of things I would like for Christmas and I don't know what to tell him about sewing machines.

Your help is appreciated.

Annette :)
User: AnnetteB.
Member since: 12-11-2004
Total posts: 3
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-11-2004, 01:11 PM (2 of 9)
Those are so widely varied in price--- Do you have a price range in mind.??. That would help in our answers..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: AnnetteB.
Date: 12-11-2004, 02:33 PM (3 of 9)
I would like a nice sewing machine. Let's say...around $300.00. I'm truly not sure about prices. Is that price even in the range of the machines I have listed? If there is something less that is of the same quality, that would be great. Thanks for your help! NET
User: AnnetteB.
Member since: 12-11-2004
Total posts: 3
From: LeapFrog Libby
Date: 12-11-2004, 03:56 PM (4 of 9)
Well, mark off the first 3 for sure.. I don't think you will find a Janome for that , unless its the Jem or something smaller , like that.. You may find a Kenmore at Sears for that.. Janome makes most Kenmores for Sears.. You just do not get good customer service from Sears as far as expert advice, how tos , etc... They can't afford to sell for the price they do and give great quality customer service also..
Sew With Love
User: LeapFrog Libby
Member since: 05-01-2002
Total posts: 2022
From: Chrysantha
Date: 12-11-2004, 06:18 PM (5 of 9)
You will find a few NEW Bernina's MADE by Janome for that...check your Bernina Dealer.....
I'd nix the Singers (way too much plastic and they're poorly made).
I'd stay away from buying a machine from Wal Mart. (cheap machines, NO support)
New Home (is Janome).
Yep..Kenmore's are made by Janome. (Sears does NOT offer support and if you need repairs, opinion is, if you want a Janome, buy one from a Janome dealer..not Sears.)
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
Total posts: 2414
From: MyGirlFriday
Date: 12-11-2004, 09:27 PM (6 of 9)
I have seen several Janome machines at Handcock Fabric for under $300.00. Would that be considered a dealer??
I too am wanting a nice machine, that is reasonable priced.
Would you steer away from online dealers??
Just wondering~

mgf :bluewink:
Blessings & Smiles

Frogs have it easy....they just eat what's buggin' them.
User: MyGirlFriday
Member since: 12-05-2004
Total posts: 288
From: TammyE.H.
Date: 12-12-2004, 10:44 AM (7 of 9)

What a difference a border makes!!!

I have a Sears Kenmore and I have FABULOUS service!!! Classes, maintenance, repairs, even extended maintenance programs and cleanings...

Odd isn't it?
User: TammyE.H.
Member since: 08-28-2004
Total posts: 51
From: paroper
Date: 12-12-2004, 02:33 PM (8 of 9)
The way that Sears is managed, service varies from region to region. I had a wonderful Kenmore machine that my husband had bought (new) from Sears with a 30 year warrenty on the head. After several years of sewing on the machine, I (finally) took it in to be cleaned. The local Sears service department broke the thread take-up lever. I didn't want a new machine, I just wanted mine back and repaired and I didn't care if the part was used. I got absolutely NO service and basically had no recourse. The machine was about 15 years old at the time.

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
From: AnnetteB.
Date: 12-12-2004, 06:19 PM (9 of 9)
Thank you so much for your suggestions! I will print out the replys you have given to me and research some of the suggestions.

May each of you have a Blessed and Safe Holiday Season!

Annette :)
User: AnnetteB.
Member since: 12-11-2004
Total posts: 3
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