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What machine would you buy?

MendingQueen | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

My 30 year old Husqvarna died. I’m looking for a machine with limited bells & whistles because my sewing is utilitarian and heavy-duty. Most of my sewing is on denim, work clothes and a bit of leather now and then, but would like to do a bit of nice sewing, too. Anybody out there have a machine they love and trust for this sort of future?
Thank you, people.


  1. Palady | | #1

    Are you anywhere to actually try a machine?  MO, the newer machines, even the high end, will fall a bit short of your dead Husq.  The materials used in the construction now is quite different.

    Because you've been sewing, you can take a variety of scraps with you to try out on what ever machine catches your eye.

    Personally, I lean to Kenmore's.  As best as I know Janome's currently are postive machines.  But again possibly lesser than your old Husq.  My understanding is Janome makes the Kenmore.  The caveat is the machine serial number.  Maybe another member can give you more specific information on this.

    Since you do leather now and again, by all means take some of those scraps with you.  The machines in today's market are likely to perform lesser doing this type of sewing.  MO, of course.  I say this since there've been post for "leather machnes."

    Other members may offer you more.


  2. sewchris703 | | #2

    If you want to settle for just straight stitch, I'd go looking for an old Singer, especially for a model 301, 400 series, or the 600 series, instead of a new machine.  The 400 series and the 600 series will have some decorative stitches, some built in and others on cams depending on the model.  I sew historic clothing on a Singer 301 and it can go through multiple layers of upholstery fabrics.  I also have a Singer Featherweight (221) that I use for bridal alterations.  It can go through 10 layers of tightly gathered tulle.  Regardless of what machine you decide on, take some sample fabrics (including some leather) with you and test sew before you buy.


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