can you recommend a good sewing machine?
hi – at this late date in life i’m finally learning how to sew – taking classes using bernina machines which (so far) i love. i’ve done a lot of designing and esthetic study, but am just now learning how to sew a straight seam.
i want to buy a good machine of my own. naturally i’m pre-disposed to berninas now, but i don’t want to limit myself to those. i’m interested in vintage garment repair, building my own designs, for street wear and costumes. i have no interest in quilting or embroidery.
does anyone have recommendations for a good machine that can do everything, is easy to use, will yield professional results, be cheap and either last forever or have good resale value.
should i start with a used machine? and if so, how do i evaluate the condition of the machine (i don’t want to do any extraneous problem solving — i’ve got plenty on my plate already.
btw, i am in nyc.
thanks so much for your help.
best to all.