HELP! Novice Needs Advice on Machine
I’m so glad I’ve found you all! I want to learn to sew and have been doing a great deal of research regarding a new machine. I am currently considering the purchase of one of the following:
a) Viking Lena
b) Bernette 80e
c) Brother NX-200
The Viking is mechanical and the other two are electronic. I’m trying to stay around $400 or so and I don’t want to buy too much machine. OTOH, I don’t want something ultra, ultra basic. I’d like the machine to be user friendly and reliable. I plan to sew clothes for my little girl, make Hallowe’en costumes, sew craft-y items for the house and maybe some duvet covers/pillows. I don’t quilt and don’t anticipate taking it up as I am also a knitter and have an unbelievable stash of yarn.
For what it’s worth, the Viking and Bernette I’m looking at are new. The Brother is used, but essentially new. I have a Viking Husqvarna 6030 that I bought at a yard sale for $35. I took it to the repair shop and they said it would be at least $200 to repair and they didn’t recommend going ahead with it. Any opinions on that?
Thanks for any and all advice you can provide! I’m psyched to get started, but I don’t want to make a mistake and buy the wrong machine for my needs.
Shelly on Bainbridge Island, WA