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Need advice on machine purchase

djwins | Posted in General Sewing Info on


I have decided that I want to start a new hobby!  I have always wanted to learn how to sew.  I need your help in purchasing a new sewing machine.  What do you recommend for a beginner?  I want to do alterations and possibly window treatments.

Anyone have any preference over Elna 3007 or Baby lock 1556?

Any advice would be very much appreciated!








  1. suesew | | #1

    There are many discussions on this topic on this sight that you can do a search for. There are many good machines out there made by many different companies. I always reccommend buying from a reliable dealer who will teach you how to use your machine to its capacity and will service it. I would also purchase as much machine as you can afford - one that does more than you think you will use - otherwise you have no room to grow. And I really like computerized machines - even the lower priced ones.

    1. edgy | | #2

      You can read tons online, but you're really going to have to go out there and test-drive some machines and see what appeals to you. It's a lot like buying a car. That said, I've beeen very impressed by the Janome-made Sears machines. You can get a lot of great features for $300-$400.nancy

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