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Help, I am a beginner at sewing

JillD | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am in the market for a sewing machine. I have never used one and do not know were to start. I want to make drapes and clothing for now. A few have recommeded a Brother CS8072 and a Singer 7442. I have a budget of $200. Any ideas?

Thanks, JIll


  1. MelyndaR | | #1

    Jill, welcome to sewing!  I think you will love it.  As for a machine, I can't speak to the ones you mentioned, but I have a Kenmore that I love.  It's very reliable and I've done everything from drapes to tote bags to faux fur jackets to heirloom sewing. 

    I'm sure that the members here will have more suggestions for you.  You might also look at Janome, I know that they have some machines for some very reasonable prices.


    1. JillD | | #3

      Thanks for the suggestion:)

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    Becky-book | | #2

    Hey there, and welcome!

    If you 'Search' through the old messages you will find various comments on lots of machines.

    Hope this helps,


    1. JillD | | #4

      Thanks for the suggestion:)

  3. fabricholic | | #5

    Hi JillD,If you go to a dealer, they might have a trade in that you could get for a good price. When people want a better machine, they sometimes trade-up. It's worth a look. Check out Pfaff, Bernina, Huskvarna Viking and Singer. Good luck!Marcy

  4. jatman | | #6

    Hi JillD,

    There is a website called http://www.patternreview.com.  On it they have all sorts of sewing machines reviewed by the people who have used them.  You may want to narrow down what brands you like first then go to this website and look at that brands' reviews.  Good luck!


    1. JillD | | #12

      Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

  5. AmberE | | #7

    Hi Jill: Welcome aboard. There are lots of great machines out there for under $200 and I did a good part of my early sewing on an inexpensive machine. I wanted to let you know also that we are publishing a special issue for newer sewers in on newsstands in February called Sew Stylish---I think you would find it very helpful!Keep us posted on your projects!Amber Eden

    1. thimbles1260 | | #8

      Will "Sew Stylish" include tips for how to get rtw looks?  My sewing tends to look "home made" if you know what I mean.  :(

      1. Ralphetta | | #10

        About a week ago there was a discussion about "what makes things look home-made."  Without  rehashing the whole thing, I think the #one point was the importance of proper pressing  as you go.  See if you can find the discussion to read and I'll bet you'll be excited be more confident sewing on your new machine.

      2. AmberE | | #11

        yes---even beyond rtw to designer finishes

  6. katina | | #9

    Hello and welcome!

    I echo Fabricholic's suggestion that you also look at used machines in your search. I've given several machines to friends and family over the years, and finally took my dealer's advice - go for a good quality used machine from one of the top name brands.

    Whatever you choose, you're bound to get a lot of pleasure from sewing.

    Good luck.

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