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help with buying a sewing machine

redzinha | Posted in General Sewing Info on

hi there.

i’m completely new on this, and i’ve never even been part of a forum or something like that…

i’m in search for buying my first sewing machine, witch i just discover that is such a hard work…i want to start making some clothes, doing some alterations, maybe to create some stuff for the house, basically have an all arounder…i’ll be sewing every day, and i’m going to start doing some things to sell on the markets, also sewing on t-shirts and stretch fabrics.

also i live in sydney/australia and most of the shops here don’t have their own websites…

i’m in desperate need of help and advice, cause as well i need the machine asap…i didn’t tought would be so hard…

so please if anyone could give me a hand here, and tell like what exactily in my case i should look for in a machine, and if there’s anyone from sydney here, where should i buy it???

thanks a lot for your help!

hope listen from you guys soon


  1. Meg | | #1

    Welcome! You'll find lots of advice and friends here. I live in Vermont, USA, so I won't be able to direct you to a specific shop. Your best asset will be a great dealer, and you'll want to test drive every machine you can. You probably don't need a top-of-the-line machine for your needs. And please don't count out used machines, either. You can get more bang for the buck with a used machine.Come back frequently and let us know how you're doing!

  2. Palady | | #2

    Delighted you "found " Gatherings.  Do stop by when you can.  There's a wealth of information on every facet of sewing.

    Most surely there are Australian members who will post to you.

    While you await their word, some suggestions for your coinsdieration on a machine purchase.  The subject has been discussed at varying times.  Maybe, if time permits, you can go to Advance Search (top of the left menu).  When the page opens use the bytes - Buying a Sewing Machine -.  Another left menu should give you options to review.

    There are many usable machines in the market.  Uncertain of what's avaialble down-under, but is there a dealer you can work with?  Some have stock from customers who have traded up.  It's possible there would be a used machine to fit your need. 

    Because you mention interest in T-shirts & stretch fabrics, a machine with zig-zag capabilities would be in order.  As you shop, keep the usability of a double needle with the choice you'd have in mind.  Caveat with the doubles is their width.  These are different sizes.  if you do a search using those bytes you'll get an idea.

    Should a the dealser option be workable, do take moments to sit at the machine & do a "road test."  All the better to try a couple machines.

    If possible, do keep us posted on your road to you goal.  Know you have much support & good will here on Gatherings.


  3. regatta | | #3

    You can find where dealers are by putting in the brand name you are interested in with Australia that is like "Bernina Australia" or "Pfaff Australia" and then follow the prompts. 

     It is a pity you have missed the Stitches and Craft show, or even the Sydney Quilt show as you can compare all the machines at one place then.  There is always the yellow pages as well.  Happy looking.

    Marika (in Brisbane)


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      DoberG | | #4

      Thanks for the welcome, and the suggestions. Since i was running out of time , after much web searching and reading I decided to purchase
      the Brother CS6000I 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Multiple Stitch Functions from Amazon.Trying to shop while driving a 30ft RV is HARD! Grin!I think this is a very good entry level [and will handle all my current sewing needs]. It may even open up future projects as it seems to have a lot of interesting talents not on my old Pfaff 230.I have two of the Pfaffs...I understand they are more or less collectors items now as they are both over 50 years old--and still work beautifully. If space and weight weren't an issue, I'd have happily used them another fifty years.Now I'm awaiting it's arrival...won't be able to really have a chance to check it out til I get my 89 yr. old Mom moved into her new home w/other way to travel with her so she's moving in with my nephew and his wife and family of seven!

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