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Purchasing a Simple, Quality Machine

amyg | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

I am interested in purchasing a quality, reasonably priced sewing machine. My intent for the machine is for both clothing and the home. I am mainly interested in a simple machine that sews well and will stand the test of time. 

Presently I am living oversees and require a machine that is at the minimum accepts 50/60Hz and possibly dual voltage 110/220VAC.  I have a very good machine from the 1970s, but it configured for 60Hz power and I risk damaging the motor, even with a transformer, with 50Hz power.

Any suggestions or comments would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you,



  1. suesew | | #1

    I would purchase one that is meant to be used with the electrical supply you have available, perhaps something used would work for you. Try not to aim too low. We all use the basics almost all of the time, but if you have nothing else to experiment with you can never expand with that machine,.

  2. kathryn | | #2

    my mother always recommended purchasing a machine at your local sewing shop so that repairs and problems can be addressed by them, as long as they carry quality machines. i just helped a new sewing friend search some machines and she decided on a Viking Husqvarna beginner model. this is the same brand that i have for both my machine and serger, and they are exceptional machines made in sweden. the model my friend chose is from their line that is made in the us, but to the same standards, and was about $200 USD. Their website is http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/

    i believe that any good machine that you buy will be sold with a plug and cord to match the country you live in, and if you return to the states, you could purchase just the adapter to fit this country.

    best wishes!


  3. Kiley | | #3

    I believe a Pfaff would meet your requirements with the dual voltage etc. I also believe it would stand the test of time. The dual feed on most models also lets you sew on all fabrics well and helps to match stripes and plaids when sewing. The IDT feeds and sews like the quality of an industrial machine. Some lower model Pfaffs do not have the IDT. I have a mechanical midline model and it is a workhorse. I highly recommend it.

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