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New Sewing Machine Advice

backtosewing | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi to All,

I am getting back to sewing after a 20 year hiatus and would like some advice about sewing machines.  I expect to be doing home dec and garment sewing.  Currently I am looking at the Brother NX series (400, 600) and the Singer Quatum series (9940).  I have also looked at a previously owned Bernina 1090 manual machine but the seller is asking $700.00.  That seems a bit high to me for a manual machine of that vintage.  The dealers I have spoken with do not seem to be high on Singers in general. Has anyone had experience with these sewing machines?


  1. gogojojo | | #1

    I have the Singer 9910 and I absolutely love it.  It's one of the lowest priced computerized machines out there, and the stitch quality is pretty decent.  It also has automatic tension which hasn't failed me yet.  I agree with you about the Bernina mechanical machine being a little overpriced.  It probably is a great machine, but once you go computerized, you'll never go back!  It's like upgrading from an old VW to a new Mercedes.  The old car has sentimental value, is reliable and easy to fix, but sometimes you want more bells and whistles.  So if you can, go test drive some sewing machines!  I've already picked out my next machine, which is on layaway:  a Pfaff 2027.  Decided I've gotta have the IDT.  Good luck!

    1. gogojojo | | #2

      Forgot to mention that you can find reviews from actual owners of most machines at http://sewing.patternreview.com/  There's a section on sewing machines, which you can search on by brand.  I value these opinions more than any dealer's, because of course, they aren't trying to sell you anything.  Hope this helps.

      1. moonchild | | #3

        What you are going to sew will determine the type of machine you buy.
        I have 3 singers and I have never had a bit of trouble with them.
        I have an old Elna,their first computerized machine.It also sews well.
        I recently bought a Bernina artists sewing/embroidery machine.
        For many years I sewed on the singers,they were zig-zag and straight stitch,they had a few more options. I made so many clothes on those machines.The garments made on those machines were as nice as the ones
        I do on my Bernina.If you use a computerized machine you will most
        likely want to stick with it. .The computerized machines make sewing so
        much easier and they are a lot of fun! You can really express your creativity with an embroidery machine.
        There are so many good sewing machines on the market.Another factor is
        cost.The computerized machine embroidery machines are costly.Have fun purchasing your new machine!

        1. Ramc | | #4

          I am not sure that this is directly related to the discussion...

          A high school drama club that I have been helping out is considering buying a machine that would be used by students. Not all of the students sew a lot.  They do sew some heavy weight fabrics for their costumes, also some of the fur-like fabrics.  I managed to do seams on some of that fabric on my old Bernina 1030 (which I will not exchange for a new machine until it can no longer be repaired... I love it!).

          They would spend $300, maybe a little more. 

          A local Viking Husqvarna dealer suggests the Daisy (they have a used one they would sell for that). I wonder if any of you has a Daisy or any other fairly simple machine that is strong. Basically, straight stitch and zig-zag would be enough.




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