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From: kameline
Date: 05-12-2006, 02:26 PM (1 of 4)
I wanted to start a new thread for this to keep replys coming in...
I own a home-based alteration business and have been considering a portable blind-stitch machine.
do any of you have one??? What brand is it and what do you like/dislike about it.
Because I am a little low on resources, it would have to be pretty inexpensive... Let me know what advice you all have!
Do any of you have any experience with the RELIABLE MSK555 blind-stitch machine?
Do all to the glory of God!
User: kameline
Member since: 03-09-2006
Total posts: 41
From: paroper
Date: 05-17-2006, 08:28 PM (2 of 4)
Do a search on this subject. There is a very good posting which includes insights from Tom Land. His recommended blindstitch machine won't break the bank!

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: debjb
Date: 05-18-2006, 05:45 PM (3 of 4)
I have one called "The Blindhemmer" Model BH600. I purchased it about 5 years ago when I had a sewing business in my home. I think I paid about $500. It's not very adjustable and it's picky about what needles I use, but it's one of the best purchases I've ever made. It does clothing and drapery hems quickly and with a professional look. Once you buy one you'll wonder why you waited so long! I can't give you any advice on current models... sorry.
User: debjb
Member since: 03-29-2006
Total posts: 4
From: BabsSewingRoom
Date: 06-21-2006, 10:23 AM (4 of 4)
I had one of the "plastic" ones - I think Babylock 101. The timing kept getting messed up and it would cost me $50-$75 each time to get it fixed. I have since purchased a metal one - TacSew BLST-2. So far it's doing a great job. I have the Babylock in back of a closet if someone wants to try it I'd make you a very good price on it.
User: BabsSewingRoom
Member since: 04-10-2004
Total posts: 80
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