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I want to purchase a starter machine

MonicaE | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi Everyone ! I want to experience the world of sewing and have decided to purchase a starter machine. I have never sewed on a machine (only a little hand stiching). I have been to a Bernina dealer they suggested ( activa 125 for $550.00) , janome suggested ( 4263LE for $399.00) , viking dealer suggested ( freesia 415 for $699.00) …. I really don’t know what the best for the buck is. Just to keep in mind eventually in a few years I would like to save up and get a nice embrodiery/sewing machine. What do you suggest is a good starter machine and the price to pay ?

Any help will be great! I feel like my head is going to explode with all the info.

 

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  1. sanderson | | #1

    Which dealer did you like best?  Did one seem more available than the others for lessons and in store advise/help? 

  2. SEWSERIOU1 | | #2

    Besides which dealer did you like best, have you tried the machines?  Take some scrap fabric with you and try each machine.  Ask the dealer to show you how to do some different things on each machine.  Do not use their fabric as it is usually startched, etc to make everything look nice.  This will let you know which machine 'fits' you and also how willing the dealer is to help you learn the machine. 

    Ask for brochures on each machine and then go home and compare the features of each.  I would go for the most features for the least amount of money.

    1. Bernie1 | | #3

      All major brands make excellent starter machines. You may even find one that does basic embroidery but isn't too expensive (Viking's Iris is under $1,000 and does embroidery). Pfaff makes several good models, as do Elna, Janome and all the others. It's best to go with a machine that is better than you think you'll use because you'll outgrow it too quickly if you go with a very basic machine and you'll find yourself frustrated by lack of adaptability. Since you know you want to embroider, I would look at models that have that feature, or have a good selection of decorative stitches to start you on your way to embroidery. Some discontinued machines are also good bargains such as Viking's #1 which does some limited motifs and is easy to use and the #1 plus which does embroidery. The advice posted already about visiting many dealers with fabric swatches and trying out machines is excellent. Also consider getting a very good machine now and an embroidery machine later. Let us know which one you pick.

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