tamarakay wrote:Kendoll bought me a basic Singer from WalMart and suddenly I enjoy sewing. No tension problems, this little guy just sews. It only does like 10 different stitches, it doesn't embroider or any of that so it's just what I need for what I sew right now. As my skills increase I might invest in something fancier, but it's been a great machine to learn on. I think it cost like 75.00 at wallyworld.
That sounds good. 10 is probably even more than I need. I like that the tension is easy to manage -that's a huge thing for me! I know with the machine I borrowed a few years back, I was tearing out my hair with tension and tangling problems. If those are things that the right machine can prevent (or at least mitigate), I'm much more likely to actually use the thing after BM.
I'd like to avoid Walmart if possible, though, and buy from a place where they can offer some support and maybe service it in-house.
EspressoDude wrote:you only need straight stitch and zig zag..no more. Stay away from plastic parts like gears. Stay away from "electronics" What is your budget? Go to a sewing machine repair place and ask them what to buy.(or not buy).
I agree that it would be great to have something designed to last and to be repaired/serviced rather than replaced when parts die. Few things are made like this any more. Is there such a thing as a machine which is built like that which is also relatively portable, so I can pack it up and put it away between uses?
As for budget, I'd prefer not to spend too much. No more than $200; if I could get something decent for $100, that would be ideal. I'm willing to pay more for durability but not for bells and whistles. In Canada, even though our dollar is now at par, everything costs a lot more than it does down there. I did window-shop a couple of weeks ago outside a sewing-machines-and-vacuums store, and I noticed that prices seemed to range from about $100 to $500.
I do want it to have a powered foot-pedal thing, not a manual treadle. With my awful sense of rhythm and lack of hand-eye-foot coordination, a manual treadle will be a recipe for frustration.
I wonder if there are still sewing-machine-repair places around here? Nobody repairs anything any more...
EspressoDude wrote:Answer is probably your grandmother's sewing machine.
Time for a random catinthefunnyhat story! A couple of years ago, my parents went back to my dad's childhood home, which is a lone house on an island in the middle of nowhere, on the BC coast (close-ish to a tiny fishing village -- his Dad repaired commercial fish boats). They talked to the current owners of the place, who are selling it, and those owners gifted my parents my grandmother's sewing machine -- an ancient Singer. Now, the generations on that side of the family are very long -- my dad was 40 when his first kid (me) was born, and his mum was 40 when her first kid (my dad) was born. That sewing machine predates my dad by probably 20 years... so it's a 100-year-old beastie. Unfortunately, it's correspondingly large and heavy (it's solid metal, built into a table, and has an attached treadle; it weighs at least 100lb). It's also not repairable, having spent decades in a shed with a collapsed roof -- I'm sure the guts of it are a solid lump of rust. However, it still looks pretty, and my dad has spent the last 6 months lovingly restoring the woodwork. It's being gifted, now, to my brother and his wife, as they have a house with enough space to store such a large -- well, essentially an enormous decoration).
If you want drama to stop following you everywhere, try letting go of the leash.