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What sewing machine to buy

charlwood | Posted in Equipment and Supplies on

Hi everyone,

 I am a new member to your forum, so please help me out with the protocols. I am interested in your opinions on a sewing machine purchase. It is for my son’s girlfriend. She is graduating from high school and would like a machine as a graduation present. It will be a joint present so we do have a budget of $500 or under. I have a computerized Bernina and a few featherweights,but I am unfamiliar with a good model for a beginner.

Also I am an avid quilter and I have heard of a pattern called yellow brick road. Any information on this? Thanks, mcc

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  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Dear MCC,

    If you're not in a huge hurry, the next issue of Threads will include a comparison of entry-level sewing machines...meanwhile, let me way that I think you are giving a wonderful graduation gift!

    Carol

  2. pima52 | | #2

    In response to your inquiry about machines for $500 and less, have you considered a new Bernette (small Bernina), or perhaps a used or a reconditioned Bernina? Quality of machine and it's reliability seem most important from my perspective. Why spend money on something that will not last long enough for you to appreciate its abilities as well as learn its limitations? Quality is never an inappropriate gift. I would be interested to hear your final choice and why you selected a particular machine. Hoping to hear your news, pima52

  3. mindmade | | #3

    Just a thought and some have been there advise, do not cheap out as I did with my daugher who when living at home had no interest in my very costly sewing machines and sergers and was not interested in any of this, after being a way from home for some time thought it was time to get her started at some level, went to a big box store and purchased that $200 -20 stitch machine and guess what, now she has had the machine for a year realized that she likes to sew and the machine has it's limits and wants to know when I will be retiring my computerized machine and maybe that 4 -5 thread serger that I only use sometime!!  I learned my lesson, should have spent a bit more and got in on a starting point of a machine that could handle more tasks and extras were available for unit at the time!!!  Good Luck, I favor the European design and using these machines for 30+ years would not look at anything else for myself!! that is a clue what would you fine acceptable for yourself?

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