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I Finally found a machine!

lindamaries | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’ve been looking for quite some time for a beginner’s machine, mechanical, that could be purchased at a reasonable price, sew decent, and also be sold out of a home based business. I am going to start teaching and needed machines for the students. If they wanted to purchase the model that they were learning to sew on, then I would be able to sell them that machine so they could take it home with them and enjoy. I finally found a company that will allow sales, but I had to go way over to China. I was having great difficulty with American dealers and reps in the sewing industry.
They were almost on the rude side. Some wouldn’t even reply to me.
I’m all set now, so wish me luck with my new endeavor.

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  1. rjf | | #1

    How nice to have you back!  Congratulations on your new endeavor and good luck to your students.  Starting with a good machine is so important.  I remember the dumb machines in sewing class.  There would be one that worked and everyone rushed to get it.  It never made sense to me that students could produce so many crashes.  It always seemed easier to handsew in class and take it home for the machine sewing.  But still I loved sewing classes.  Now cooking was something else.........  rjf

    1. lindamaries | | #2

      One thing good about this machine is that it will be easy for self- repair on the minor things. If not minor, then I could send it back to the manufacturer dealer and have them service it or else purchase a new one at a low cost.

      I remember sewing class, too. I was the one that took my work home with me because we shared a machine. The person I was with really did not have the nack for it. I would teach her the whole hour and then there wouldn't be time for me to sew. (Especially in the zipper phase!)

      I remember, too, my teacher was totally strict about following all the details that a person doesn't do at home. But, it was a good thing, because now when I have to sew the very best that I can, I use all the rules my old teacher showed me.

      1. donnabeltz | | #3

        It's too bad you had so much trouble finding a sewing machine dealer who would work with you!  I really like your plans of selling the types of machines you are teaching with.  That would be so nice to be able to take a sewing class and learn enough about a machine to know if I'd like it or not.  I know I would be much more interested in buying a new machine if I had the opportunity to really use it first!

        1. lindamaries | | #4

          It seems that in my area the dealers who have store fronts do not have sewing classes in their stores. I do not know why this is. It's like they really aren't concerned with the customer.

          I am very unhappy with the way sewing machine dealers opperate now-a-days. I do know that if I could afford a store front and could get with a store front sold only brand, I'd really go into the teaching of sewing right along with the machine sales. That is such an important part of the machine sale. I know that I'd have a very active store with early morning hours and late hours too just to have people enjoy and learn sewing. It would be a center for leisure arts. If only a lotto would come my way!

          The home sales brand is okay for beginners, but for real advanced sewing, a different , more advanced brand would need to be bought for more money. Things like one step button holes, cording feet, and differential feed are wonderful to get. A beginner, though, needs a simplier model to get the basics down.

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