What sewing machine should I buy?
Hi! I just signed up on this discussion board, and I’ve never used one before, so I’m excited to try this out. I learned to sew when I was in grade school and junior high on a very old Singer machine. Now, I’m nearly 30, and I’d like to pick it up again to make some projects for my friends that are having babies.
I would like to buy my own machine, and I’m having trouble deciding which one to get. I looked at the Janome Sewist 521 and the Brother Pacesetter 3100. I believe these are mechanical machines (?) because they do not have an LCD screen and instead you must turn knobs to set which stitch you want etc. They do have automatic tension settings so you can sew through different types of fabric and not have to mess with tension. They also have top drop bobbins which reduce the occurence of tangles and knots etc. They seem REALLY easy to use, especially compared to my mom’s Singer.
They seem identical except the Brother comes with an automatic needle threader. So, which one should I get? I am very wary of salespeople because I can’t be sure they’re telling me the truth. The ladies selling the Janome were REALLY excited about these machines and choose to sew on them when they are in the shope. However, in looking at various Consumer Reports, the Brother machines did better than the Janome, but the reports I can find are over 1.5 years old.
I want something easy to use that will last. Any thoughts on which machine may be better? Oh yeah, they’re the same price. Does one have better machinery than the other (such as metal parts, etc)? What do you guys think?