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From: MaryW
Date: 04-25-2007, 06:19 AM (1 of 10)
They are coming out with machines specifically for beginner sewists. Easy to thread and a sure fit bobbin.
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From: weezyrider
Date: 04-25-2007, 10:38 AM (2 of 10)
Good idea as long as they keep on working. Usually, the more stuff you add, the more that can go wrong.
Look at how many old Featherweights can still sew.
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From: lamx
Date: 04-26-2007, 07:46 AM (3 of 10)
Singer tried before to lure young sewers into the craft with the Izek, using a Gameboy to program stitches. That flopped, so now it appears they are repackaging a bottom-of-the-line machine as a "Beginner Machine" to try yet again.

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From: plrlegal
Date: 04-26-2007, 02:01 PM (4 of 10)
Ya wanta know something though -- yesterday evening I was in a local Wal-Mart for about 30 mins and saw 2 of the Brother machines and a Singer machine go through the checkouts. Apparently people either just beginning to sew or getting back into it again are going for the less expensive machines to start out. I'm hearing that you can find pretty decent sewing machines here and there quite often in garage sales and thrift shops now around where I am these days. I have a friend that found a PE-150 for $50 that seems to work quite well so far in a garage sale about a month ago.

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From: plrlegal
Date: 04-26-2007, 02:12 PM (5 of 10)
The other thing that we need to think about is that a lot of people that want to learn to sew or want to get back into it again after a being away for several years or more can't afford to or don't want to invest anywhere from $500 or $600 up to $6000 or $7000 in a sewing machine and for the majority of them, they can't afford to anyway. I know a couple that almost ended up in a divorce because the wife was talked into going to a local Bernina dealer and financing a tol machine without saying anything to about it to her husband until after she had already made the transaction. She ended up taking the machine back and they let her out of the financing contract with is a rareity in itself. I know of another person who used her automobile as collateral to buy a tol machine. Is that what we should be encouraging women to do? I don't think so.

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From: pinecone
Date: 04-26-2007, 05:04 PM (6 of 10)
The way I see it, good support from a trusting dealer will be very helpful. Sometimes the bottom of the line at the "box" stores don't keep their settings as well and turns sewing into frustration so loses many people. Midgrade is what I would suggest starting with.
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From: mommydionne
Date: 04-27-2007, 05:17 PM (7 of 10)
mmmmm... thought provoking stuff, sounds like some machine dealers are up there with the car salesmen!! But... most people starting out just need a solid machine with a straight stitch, a zig zag and a button hole stitch. I used a low end Janome for almost 15 years before I bought my Bernina and it is still going (I gave it to a young friend starting university)
If you are just starting out and don't know if you will even like sewing (my sister HATES to sew:mad: ) a lower price machine is the way to go, it would drive one crazy to look at all those $$$$ sitting there if you didn't use the machine.
face it, this is not usually a money saving activity, (esp if you get into embroidery....)
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From: Betty o
Date: 05-07-2007, 01:43 PM (8 of 10)
I know this is a "Hard complicated"question..but can anyone give me some imput..or help mabe.. ive been sewing for many years have and still do own different sewing machines..but am now trying to decide what "sewing machine"to start my now "8yr "old granddaughter on..i did finally ordered on line the euro pro small machine and promply sent it back as it was not working well at all and the store will give me instore i thought id invest a bit more 'cash" and try and get her a better one(was suppose to be for her birthday(april27th)... but that didnt am still looking any suggestions or imput i would appreciate..thanks mary for your great site!
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From: paroper
Date: 05-07-2007, 10:24 PM (9 of 10)
Bernina is coming out with a new Bernina-made starter machine #210. It is due to come out just about any time...but may not actually be available at most dealers for another month or two (Bernina always seems a little slow to get things "out there").

Bernina 200e, Artista V5 Designer Plus, Explorations, Magic Box, Bernina 2000DE & 335 Bernette Serger, Bernina 1530 Sewing Machine, Bernina 1300 DC Overlock (with coverstitch)
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From: plrlegal
Date: 05-07-2007, 11:29 PM (10 of 10)
Try Sears if you have one available to you and see if they have one of the Kenmore Mini Ultras available or a Janome Gem or White makes a very small about a 12 or 14 pound machine with just the basic stitches (straight stitch, zig zag and buttonhole) on them for around a $100 that I think would be the right size for an 8 year old to start learning on without being intimidating.

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