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catsnorchids | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hello – I’m new here!

I need to purchase a good BASIC sewing machine.  The White portable my husband gave me 30 years ago (yikes) has seen better days … mind you, it replaced my grandmother’s KNEE operated Singer!

I don’t need embroidery or lots of fancy stitches – I make clothing mostly.  I would like self-threading, auto bobbin wind, one-step buttonhole, and NO TROUBLE with tensions!  I also don’t want to spend alot of money, no more than a couple hundred dollars, or less if possible.

Anybody willing to make any suggestions?  I’d really appreciate it.



  1. MaryinColorado | | #1

    Hello, and welcome.  I just noticed that no one replied to your request regarding sewing machines.  I'm sorry that happened.  Did you get a new machine or do you still need the info?  Mary

    1. catsnorchids | | #4

      Hi Mary - yes, I still need the advice.  I am seriously considering a Brother EX660, IF I can find one that is.  I have read brilliant reviews, and for a price of between $150 (when Costco has them) to $180 on Amazon, it seems like a good choice.  However, I still am open to suggestions.


  2. Ckbklady | | #2

    Hiya Catsnorchids!

    I second Mary's welcome! You hang around here long enough and your name will become Mary too (just kidding).

    You might enjoy browsing the sewing machine reviews at http://www.patternreview.com when you know what machines are available in your area and you have a list of their makes and model numbers in hand. Or check out the site before you go shopping to get an overview.

    There really are no bad machines (although it does sound like Euro-Pro's reputation is a bit spotty) so it usually comes down to machines that are available in your area and the support your local dealer provides. Lots of folk here prefer to have the dealer service, classes and support that come with a sewing machine purchase from a dealership, as opposed to buying a machine in a department store like Sears or Target, where you're generally on your own. See what you're the most comfortable with.

    I hope you enjoy the sewing machine shopping as much as you enjoy using the machine you choose.

    :) Mary (seriously!)


  3. catvoke | | #3

    Hi catsnorchids,

    I'm on a machine search myself.  A friend of mine recently tested Basic Brother machines and was quite pleased and then a Singer Featherweight fell into her hands and she is in LOVE.

    It is worth the time to visit a couple of dealer stores and play around on the machines. Take whatever will help you decide, a particular fabric and needle size,etc.  Keep notes about the ones you like and why.  You may even run across a trade in at a dealer's store that will float your boat just right.

    Pattern Review has been recommended and I heartily agree.  Be prepared to spend some time ogling machines and reading reviews.  You can even go online to the Brand names, ie: Pfaff.com, etc and peruse their current machine lines and their features.  Its Fun!



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