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How fancy is your sewing machine?

  1. Hestia DeVoto profile image61
    Hestia DeVotoposted 7 years ago

    So, my old Singer is about to give up the ghost, and I've been looking at sewing machines.

    How fancy a sewing machine do you have?  I don't think I need something that does a million, fancy pre-set stitches but then again, features like that are sort of tempting.

    If you had to chose between a Bernina and a Pfaff, which would you pick?

    1. onegoodwoman profile image77
      onegoodwomanposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Very basic, straight, reverse and ziz zag stitches.  It does have a button holer, but I still do those by hand as well as zippers.

      The newer ones are tempting, but not worth it to someone like me.  I see coupons for $800.00 off, and I blush to think of the retail price!

      Someone would have to do far more sewing than I do, ( and better at it) to warrant that price.

      Good Luck and enjoy your shopping.

    2. h.a.borcich profile image60
      h.a.borcichposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have killed 2 sew machines - the drive shafts were made of plastic. My current Sears machine has a metal one. Been using it for 10 years and is doing great smile
      It has a computer and some embroidery capacities. Back then I spent about $600 when it was on sale and it has been worth it. Holly

    3. FloBe profile image79
      FloBeposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I learned on an Old Singer and it had only forward and reverse (I still have it!) When I bought a new machine I got one with 30 different discs to do fancy stitchery and I haven't used one of them yet...so, unless you KNOW you're going to use the fancy stuff, just get a basic machine--a lot less that go wrong with it too!

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    DoorMattnomoreposted 7 years ago

    I have this machine


    So, I had to google the two you mentioned, and after a brief review of other forums, most people tend to recommend the Bernina. I made most of my sewing projects by hand til l got in to high school and they had machines there. So, I honestly don't know much about the new machines. I have to say.. I don't NEED it either, but your right...all the cool stuff is very very tempting!! Good luck in your new purchase.  smile

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    Home Girlposted 7 years ago

    if you are not into a fancy stuff, why do you need a fancy machine? Good old Singer usually works well.

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    prayersposted 7 years ago

    I like my Singer!

  5. 2uesday profile image81
    2uesdayposted 7 years ago

    Even if you do not buy it from a specialist shop go and look at what is available before you make your final decision ( they might be cheaper elsewhere).

    It is easy to pay out for a sewing machine that has lots of gimmicky features when really a simpler one might be the one you would be happiest with.

    I have two - an older heavier weight machine that I use for machine embroidery and a new modern one that has features like an 'easy button holes feature' I never use any of the fancy embroidery stitches on either.

    The features I would miss are the practical ones such as the ease with which you can refill a bobbin or spool and how easy it is to swap the feet on it and definitely speed and ease of threading it when I change colors.

    Hope that helps, as for make - I do not own either of the ones you mentioned but I know in the past Bernina were favoured by some schools and colleges  in the UK.

  6. Hestia DeVoto profile image61
    Hestia DeVotoposted 7 years ago

    I've been contemplating something fancier because I've been thinking about being able to do machine embroidery.  By "old Singer" I mean a 1ate 1960s machine.  Really, even a simple modern machine is light-years more advanced.

    BTW, I've got a friend who has a turn-of-century, 100% wrought iron machine she found abandoned in her parents attic, powered by a good old-fashioned treadle.  A workhorse of a machine, but also exhausting to sew with.

  7. SomewayOuttaHere profile image59
    SomewayOuttaHereposted 7 years ago

    ..don't have one...have the iron stand that held one at one time....a big cactus sits on it now with a nice piece of wood installed on top sometime ago....an old singer stand...

    ...wish I learned how to sew....

  8. Hestia DeVoto profile image61
    Hestia DeVotoposted 7 years ago

    The metal drive shaft advice sounds good!  I hadn't thought of that, but I can see where that's important.  Thanks!

  9. edelhaus profile image77
    edelhausposted 7 years ago

    I just started taking sewing lessons a couple of months ago and bought an old Pfaff on ebay - the thing weighs about 25lbs but it works really well - can't wait till my skills catch up to the possibilities.

  10. lindacee profile image97
    lindaceeposted 7 years ago

    I had to sell my old budget Kenmore machine due to a move. It did nothing fancy (just the basics) but it was a workhorse for years. I used it to sew furniture slipcovers, pillows, curtains and do mending and clothing alterations. I would love to have a computerized machine that does monograms, etc. I would also like a serger. Maybe someday!

  11. rlafleur profile image56
    rlafleurposted 7 years ago

    I have a Janome 4400 - it is computerized with about 55 stitches and some button holes.  It doesn't have a huge viewing screen either.
    I love this machine! It has needle up/down and a really nice light.  The throat area is fine as well.  I quilt and this machine does all that I want.
    I also use the machine for general sewing.  I am not into making garments, but I have made tote bags, pillows, aprons and sewn my fair share of scout patches with this machine.

    1. KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image80
      KoffeeKlatch Galsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I have an older Kenmore sewing machine.  I've had it for almost 20 years and I would never get rid of it.  It works beautifully and I've only had to get it fixed once in all that time.