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Purchasing a New Machine

twotobianos | Posted in General Discussion on

I need to purchase a new machine. I have used a Phaff for the last 30 years. Now my machine is getting to the point where I am spending most of my time fiddling with it so it will sew instead of sewing. I have looked at a new Phaff, but sticker shock set in before even trying one out. I tailor Equestrian Show clothes and make saddle blankets. So I need a machine that has several different button holes, stretch stitch,zigzag,and will go from silk to several layers of blanket type materials. Was there any articles in Threads that looked at all the different types of machines? I have around a $1,000. to spend.

Thanks for the help.


  1. kayl | | #1

    Just a thought... maybe you really want two machines... an old

    straight stitch "war horse" machines for the blankets, maybe

    something like a Singer 301 or other stoutly built machine, and

    another that's got all the tailoring bells and whistles.

    Some of the old mechanicals with good motors and a new set of

    brushes do really well with heavy fabrics, and can be had for

    perhaps $10-100. That would still leave you with a good piece

    of cash for a fancier machine. Something you might want to

    consider... (I don't know a Pfaff 130) will your current accessory

    feet fit a new Pfaff? If so, that might save you a fair amount

    there over switching brands.

    FWIW, I have a Viking 350, the predecessor of the "better" Viking

    Lily model. It's handled everything I've thrown at it, including

    a little Kevlar and a bunch of Cordura, with great aplomb.

    That one runs about $700 around here, last I looked.

    However, if I had to do a lot of sewing on heavy fabrics like

    the wool saddle blankets I grew up riding with, I'd dig out

    an old straight stitch machine or consider one of the

    industrials, geared down because I can't sew as fast as the industrials can. <g>

    (my first experience with an industrial machine was trying to

    make muslins of some freshly drafted custom pants patterns.

    I did a lot of ripping to get those darts sewn correctly! -- it

    wanted to gallop, and I wanted a nice slow walk!)


    1. SewCreative | | #2

      Threads did do a machine comparison, within the last year I think, and the link to the article is on the Threads home page.

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