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buying a sewing machine &comp/elec/mech?

mysweetbuddy | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am returning my Brother PE 400D now because I have much more fun sewing than embroidering; I am going to buy a nice sewing machine instead (under $400).  Does anyone have any suggestions for someone who wants to buy a machine that has:

1. speed level adjuster- so you don’t need a foot pedal (most important)

—by the way, if you can sew without using the foot pedal, does that mean the machine has “electronic spped control” or “electronic foot control”-?

2. automatic needle threader

3. a few decorative stitches, and 20 or less utility stitches

4. drop- in bobbin

5. bobbin winder

Also, Does anyone know what the difference between mechanical, electronic, and computerized sewing machines is?  Does it mean the sewing machine has certain features?

I would appreciate any input or ideas!




Edited 5/7/2003 2:01:14 AM ET by Buddy


  1. ChrisHaynes | | #1

    You could try this:


    (which is just like the PC-2800 I bought 18 months ago for about twice the price, grrrh! http://www.brother.com/usa/hsm/info/pc2800/pc2800_ove.html )...

    or the newer version: http://www.brothersews.com/html/ProductDetails.jsp?productid=19&categoryid=50

    (I got a flyer on it from the sewing machine store with some very low price)

    1. mysweetbuddy | | #2

      Thanks Chris,

      Both of those machines look great- especially since I am used to Brother machines.  I am going to check them out further.

      Thanks again!

      1. sarask | | #3


        I've been looking at the new Brother machines..NX 200 and 400.    What did you think about them? 


        1. mysweetbuddy | | #4

          The NX 200 and 400 look like very nice machines.  I love to buy them, but the prices I've found are out of my price range. 

          1. sarask | | #5

            Loann's quoted me $399 and $499 for the 200 and 400 respectively,  which seem like great prices for all the features.

            Thanks for your feedback!

    2. Kathy328 | | #6

      Hi Chris,

      I am in the market for a new machine and had someone from sewforum.com recommend the  Brother CS-8072.  Is this the same as the PS2800 ?  Do you love your machine?  I have had a Singer for years and am now frustrated and need a new machine.  I do lots of repairs and some sewing when time permits but want to do more (and would if I had a fun machine!!)  This looks like a great machine for the money.  Anything else you can tell me about it or why you chose it?

      Thanks!  I appreciate all the imput.


      1. ChrisHaynes | | #7

        I understand that the other is just about identical to the earlier (more expensive) version.

        I like it... it sews well, it is easy to use and makes the most beautiful buttonholes.  So the discount version should be just fine.  The stitch width and length controls are so very intuitive...and it is so easy to thread.

        Just about the only thing I do not like is that it is fairly slow.  I also have a Pfaff 955 which was a high end mechanical I got 13 years ago... then the lowest end you could get with the dual-feed foot.  It sews much faster... so I still use it for the majority of my seam sewing.

        I am also not happy about buying a PC-2800 for over $500 and then having a version with a different number at a discount store for less than half.

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