New to forums, with a question
Hello. I’m fairly new to this discussion, and really enjoy seeing how much good advice you all have to offer.
I want to replace the 26-year-old Kenmoore 1560 I have used since I learned how to sew. It was originally my mother’s machine, and now has a broken gear inside. It still sews, but is getting more and more reluctant to do so. I use it mainly for hemming jeans, patching my DH’s work clothes, small household projects, etc.
My question for you: have any of you purchased or tried a machine recently that you love (or hate) so I can narrow down my choices?
More specifically, I am searching for a new or refurbished machine that costs under $130 with a free arm, button hole maker, and auto bobbin winder. I would like one that comes with a variety of foot attachments (zipper, blind hem, etc.). I rarely use anything besides the straight and zigzag stiches, but other stitch options would be nice. The most important thing I am looking for is the ability for my new machine to sew through a wide variety of fabrics with ease (ranging from thick denim seams all the way to delicate, gauzy fabrics).
Thank you for taking the time to share your wisdom with me!