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I’m getting my fisrt sewing machine

matina | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I’m getting my first sewing machine and
I need advice on which machine is the
best to get
I’d want to do piping, embroidery,
regular sewing. should i get a new/used
machine. and what is a serger? please
help me find my dream machine!!!!!


  1. Joan_Reichart | | #1

    I have a Phaff machine, an older 1475. I truly enjoy all the capabilities this machine offers. Make sure the dealer can give you lessons and fix your machine. I have been told the European machines are the best, even my old Sears basic machine, gave me no trouble. I am alway careful in cleaing my machine because I do alot of piecing and quilting. My macines has a built in walking foot. I have been told the gears should be metal to metal or metal to plastic, never plastic to plastic. Unfortunatly, the new Singers' are no longer a good machine. Last by not least, use your machine for a few weeks before taking the lessons. The lessons will make more sense if you are somewhat familiar with your machine.

    1. Steve_P | | #2

      *By all means, don't discount older machines. In general terms, for most sewing tasks, a good older mechanical will be a better value. The primary advantage of newer computerized machines will be lighter weight, and more decorative stitches. However, all one has to do is read some of the bulletin boards/forums to discover that most people still prefer their old "workhorse" mechanical machines for basic sewing tasks.Look at machines made of metal inside and out(read: heavy, stable, durable, smooth operating, quiet). Check out the accessories, especially the feet. Try them on the machine. Are the feet secure, solid, don't wobble side to side? How do they perform. Look for good performing specialty feet like edge stitch, blind hemmer, rolled hem, flat felled, buttonhole, etc.Each machine has it's own personality and characteristics, so take the time to test drive thoroughly each one you are interested in. "Tune in" to how it operates, how are stitch adjustments made, do the controls "fit" you, how does it handle different kinds of fabrics, etc.Don't forget the importance of a good dealer (or a mentor) if you need guidance and support in learning how to use your machine.I am fortunate to own a few great machines. I enjoy and use each one for different reasons. My older (early 70's) Kenmore is a heavy workhorse that also does single thread chain stitching, but the feet are flimsy and cheap. I like all my Berninas because of their solid, smoothing running and quiet operation. I especially like the hands-free presser foot lifter and I think their feet are the best - beautiful solid works of engineering art that perform flawlessly.I also have a new Bernina 180E for the fun decorative and embroidery stitches. But for every day garment/quilting, I still prefer to use one of my older mechanicals.Best of luck, and remember to enjoy the hunt!!Cheers!!Steve PMinneapolis

      1. Diosie | | #3

        *Steve,You sound like somebody who has tried the different models. I am deciding between the Bernina 170, 180 and the Brother 8500. What made you get the Bernina 180? Is there any downside to this machine? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.Diosie

        1. lin_hendrix | | #4

          *Hi, Look at my reply to the What are your favorite sewing machines topic,http://www.taunton.com:8090/WebX?11@@.ee6fc0f

          1. Diosie | | #5

            *Lin,Thanks for your comments. I think I am leaning to the right brand.Diosie

          2. Chantal_Da_Rosa | | #6

            *Hello Steve P,You own several machines, any recommendations for a good machine to do hem on jeans fabric pants?Thank you.Chantal Da Rosa

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