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From: Mey
Date: 12-15-2005, 11:11 AM (1 of 3)
I have not used a sewing machine since home EC class when I was 12...I want to buy a good sewing machine that is cheap and easy to use for crafts and making Halloween costumes for the kids. What features would you recommend and what machine? I saw a Brother LS2125 25 stitch machine for $75 and a Brother XL5600 45 stitch machine for $110 on Amazon. Does anyone have an opinion on these machines? I would like to spend under $200. Thank you for your help!
User: Mey
Member since: 12-15-2005
Total posts: 1
From: paroper
Date: 12-16-2005, 06:24 PM (2 of 3)
I don't know too much about these machines. One thing I can tell you is that machines purchased online are not warranted by the mfg. If you have a problem (and you might) you may have to return it to the people you purchased it from (if they will give their own warranty) or try to find someone at your own expense. Many of the dealers won't work on a machine purchased online even without a warranty.

I would recommend purchasing from a local dealer even if you have to purchase used. Dealers will warrant their own machines and most will give you some sort of guarantee on the machines they sell used. Most dealers will show you how to use your machine, repair the machine and often offer a full price trade in/trade up policy if you choose to trade in within a certain period of time (often a year). If you purchase a Brother machine from some place like Wal Mart, many Brother dealers WILL honor the warranty (check your local Brother dealers). If you purchase from a dealer, make sure that they take your machine for a test drive before you take it home. Many new machines require a little bit of adjustment before they sew at their best. Keep in mind that most of the low end machines DO have electronics in them and you may need to be careful about using around magnets and the like, just like you would your computer.

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
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From: blessedmommyuv3
Date: 12-16-2005, 08:33 PM (3 of 3)
I highly recommend you check out Janomes and Kenmores made by Janome at Sears.
My dh purchased a mechanical sewing machine(Janome 4052lx), a computerized sewing machine(kenmore 19365), and a serger (kenmore) for me from Sears beginning 3 years ago. I adore them all. And they have been workhorses, as I used them to sew all of my 2 youngest daughter's clothing for school, Halloween costumes, curtains, you name it- lol :bg:

Here are a couple:

Sears won't offer you classes, but you can purchase a master protection agreement which will cover labor and parts, and yearly cleanings at no charge.

(this one is from Hancock Fabrics)

I'm not certain if Hancock's provides service agreements or not.

Hope this is somewhat helpful to you :smile:
User: blessedmommyuv3
Member since: 05-18-2004
Total posts: 263
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