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Help with buying a sewing machine

momscraft11 | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi everyone! I am looking for a new sewing machine, and would like some advice. Iam looking for a machine that cost up to 500.00. I make clothing and home decor. Iam interested in learning how to quilt so the machine will have to be good for that too. there are so many out there now that it is mind bogging. Any help or advice would be greatly apprecited.


  1. Crazy K | | #1

    Hi........I wrote about the machine I bought for my granddaughter.......go to post 7552.3 and you can read about it............or you can email me and I will forward the info.  I could re-write but that post will lead you to others.........with different 'pet' brands.

    Good luck in your adventure.


  2. starzoe | | #2

    Go to a dealer and test-drive the different machines. There are also usually top of the line machines, used and reconditioned, that are a bargain, most likely with a warranty of some sort, maybe lessons and best of all, ongoing assistance if you have questions.

    1. Pattiann42 | | #3

      Go to as many different dealers as you can.  The prices on the same brand/model can vary dealer to dealer.

      Take a list of must haves and explain this to the dealer along with your budget limits.

      Buy the machine you like best from the dealer you like best.

  3. Ckbklady | | #4


    I agree with the gang here. Your local dealer will be a great help showing you what's available.

    Once you know what is available in your area, (after visiting your dealer with your wallet firmly locked away, LOL) then you might appreciate the sewing machine reviews at http://www.patternreview.com. They're sorted by make and model and are good reading. It's a timesaver to read reviews only on the ones you are considering. If there are no specific reviews for the model you are thinking of, do read at least a few reviews of machines by the same maker - it can give you some overall impressions.

    Happy shopping!

    :) Mary

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