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From: MissBecky78
Date: 06-20-2007, 04:25 PM (1 of 5)
I am in the process of teaching myself and my daughter how to sew. She has a $40 sewing we bought for christmas, which I'm sure is not good enough. I want to be able to make my girls dresses(one day) Pillows, simple stuff for now, I am only looking to spend up to $200, Will I be able to find a good one for that price? If so could u lead me in the right direction? Any tips would be great. thank you so much
User: MissBecky78
Member since: 06-19-2007
Total posts: 4
From: woodywoodpecker
Date: 06-20-2007, 11:42 PM (2 of 5)
What kind of machine did you buy for $40.00 and what does it do? Straight stitch only, zig-zag? Don't be too sure that it isn't good enough. I bought one at a garage sale for 25.00 that came with the cabinet and stool, one owner and it sews like a dream. You may have more that enough to sew what you want. Is it an open arm ect?:wink:
User: woodywoodpecker
Member since: 11-07-2003
Total posts: 242
From: MissBecky78
Date: 06-21-2007, 06:55 AM (3 of 5)
The one I bought Daughter for christmas is called DressmakerII. It has only 1 stitch. but 3 stitch lenths. No zig zag. Which I belive I need right? I was searching and found this Sounds like a good starter.

What do you think?
User: MissBecky78
Member since: 06-19-2007
Total posts: 4
From: Mom of Six
Date: 06-21-2007, 07:35 AM (4 of 5)
It looks like a good starter to me. Just be prepared for it possibly not sewing some heavier material like denumn without giving you some trouble. Check with your local JoAnns to see if they have one on display that you could try with different weight fabrics.
That said I bought my DDs a Singer from Meijer for Christmas 2 yrs. ago for $79 DD (15) sews denimn purses on it all the time & hasn't had any problems. It doesn't have as many stitches but it does zigzag & have a buttonhole setting.
You could also check out dealers for used /rebuilt machines.
Happiness is having time to sew!!
User: Mom of Six
Member since: 11-03-2001
Total posts: 1115
From: paroper
Date: 06-21-2007, 10:49 AM (5 of 5)
I don't know about the Singers. It looks like a decent machine, but just not that familiar. You might want to check with a local dealer. Often they will give you a good deal on a starter machine, new or used and you have someone local to back your machine at the same time. Almost all dealers have a good starter machine. I'm not a big fan of buying at Wal Mart or online when there are great dealers who will stand behind their machines and keep them working for you almost in your back yard.

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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