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Looking for new machine

rustyneedle | Posted in General Discussion on

As a Christmas gift I would like to buy a sewing machine for my two daughter-in-laws and maybe myself, mine is about 20 years old.   Neither of them have ever had a machine and I have been sewing all my life.  I thought we might could all learn a new one together.  We don’t want one that is too complicated. 

Today I have looked at Singer Inspiration 14020, 14030 and electronic 18030. 

 Also, Kenmore15358,16221,16231,16221 and 18221  

Does anyone have one of these and do you like using it?  Or have other suggestions?  Thanks


  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Since you have specific models in mind already, I suggest that you go to http://www.patternreview.com where they have many sewing machine reviews by people who own them. 

    I only buy from reputable sewing machine dealers who have brand authorized repair people on site.  Some have to ship their machines to another state which gets expensive and takes time.  Warranty is important.  Test driving as you would a car is important.  Free learn your machine classes are wonderful. 

    There are many threads here re new machine purchase, you can do a "search" to read them all.  Mary

    1. rustyneedle | | #2

      Thank you for the information.  I was at mall and saw these models.  I was totally confused!  I will check out the site!  Thanks again

      1. MaryinColorado | | #3

        Think about what type of sewing you want to do.  Garments, quilts, home dec?  Most machines will do it all, but a person who would make alot of quilts might like a larger harp area, knee lift, feed dog drop for free motion, heavier duty, perfect straight stitches, auto needle up or needle down function, etc. 

        Features I like are needle up/down start, cruise control, good buttonholes, perfect stitches, auto tension settings, good lighting, no vibrations, for instance.  I own computerized Husqvarna Vikings and an old manual Singer.  I recently helped my Mother in Law research machines, she bought a very nice BrotherNX.  They gave her free learn your machine classes and local repair, machine trade up within a year for full price.  She needed a machine that is easy to learn and use, excellent lighting and large easy to use buttons because of arthritis, easy to read machine numbers etc so she can adjust it, a large enough harp for quilting, and not too many bells and whistles and extras to confuse her or that she wouldn't use.  She was unhappy with her last Singer as the tensions didn't work well and could not be repaired correctly. 

        Good luck in your search!  It will be wonderful for you gals to share this wonderful experience of sewing!!!  Mary

        1. rustyneedle | | #4

          Thanks for the information.  I will think about all the options.  It sounds like you are really great at sewing.  I mostly use my old machine for riped seams, some new clothing and costumes.  I will check into the Brother machine since it might be more simple and with a good light.  I just did not knowwhat to even look for!  Thanks for taking the time to give me your suggestions! 

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