help! sewing machine suggestions
I’m dying to learn to sew and I’m looking for a good, reasonably priced sewing machine to start me off. I’ve seen some positive reviews of kenmores online — but the model that’s shown up consistently (the kenmore 12916) is no longer on the market.
does anyone have any recommendations?
thanks in advance!!!
Try doing a search on this site under something like "buying a sewing machine" Your question has been asked and answered many times. Buy the best you can afford and buy locally so you have a dealer you can go back to for any problems or information or help you may need. Happy years of sewing.
Have you looked at http://www.patternreview.com ? Lots of machine reviews there. You might also ask the Kenmore people if there is a newer model that replaces the one you were looking for. Test driving is a wonderful way to learn about machines and find out what you like. Try the big brands - Viking, Bernina, and Pfaff - they usually have some reasonably priced models. Ask about used machines. People trade up and turn in good used machines. Just make sure you get a machine that feels right to you. And finally don't let some ungenerous sales person pressure you ever.
Much agreed on the advice to buy the best you can afford! AND it is important to have a dealer who can troubleshoot and repair any problems. A good dealer will question your needs and budget to lead you to the right machine. I agree to look at Bernina, Viking and Pfaff (though this is only a hearsay recommendation). I love my Bernina and I've worked a little on Viking. Kenmores are also still a way to go for a simple machine. You won't get much as much dealer support, but the machines are well reputed. My mom's old Kenmore from 30-40 years ago and mine from 20 some years ago are still going strong in my sisters-in-laws hands and have never needed repair.
Use the tools selection from the left hand list on the threads home page...and then scroll through the articles. There is a great article from about 2002 about comparison shopping for machines...and covers 35 machines with a fantastic chart on all their features. This was invaluable to me when I bought my Viking in 2003. If you can't find it...get back to me through the thread...and I'll get you the link.
Go for a JANOME. I have had one since 1983 with not one time having to take it to the shop, and a newer one since 2001, with not a problem. ELNA and JANOME and KENMORE are all related, althought I would recommend getting the JANOME. I have the 9000 and the 6000. I had a SINGER once and the motor melted as it was made from plastic-pretty aweful since the only heat around the sewing machine was a small lamp with a 60 watt bulb....and I keep my home cool!
I think message 3784.6 - the one I'm replying to - click it in the upper right corner - is for you.
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