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    You are in: Home / Community Forums / Crafters' Corner / Sewing machine advice please.....
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    Sewing machine advice please.....

    Mon Mar 18, 2013 7:46 pm
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    Hi all,
    Now that my daughter has two little ones of her own, she decided that she would like my old (30 yr old) sewing machine for doing "basic" sewing. Since I haven't used it in a number of years I said fine....I'll get it cleaned/oiled, etc and bring it out on our next visit (in a few weeks). Long story short the repair guy I've used for decades, told me that if it has a cracked stitch selection gear there would be no point in leaving it because it cant be fixed (the part is no longer available). He opened the top of the machine right then and there.....of course the gear is cracked icon_cry.gif

    So I'm looking for suggestions/recommendations on what to replace my old machine with. (Yes, we are on a budget and would prefer not to go over $200. icon_confused.gif

    My old (all metal) machine is a 'portable' Montgomery Ward Model 1964 open arm stretch machine - would love something comparable (and not digital) if possible.
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 3:58 pm
    Forum Host
    I'm not even sure where my sewing machine is right now (it was either a Kenmore or a Montgomery Ward, also about 30 years old), but I wanted to point you to for low-priced machines . Perhaps one someone recommends will also be available there,
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:16 pm
    Forum Host
    Thanks for your reply, duonyte. I've bookmarked those links just in case I get some brand suggestions. icon_smile.gif
    Think I'll post my query in the 'cafe' too.
    Cilantro in Canada
    Tue Apr 09, 2013 3:25 pm
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    Well I am not an expert on sewing machines or sewing for that matter, but I recently bought a Brother at Costco on sale for $130 and I am so happy with it. I think it is an XR1300. I took it to a class and it was able to go through thick material and batting that other far more expensive machines could not. For the price I do not think it can be beat. I still have my 25 year old Janome, but prefer the Brother machine as it has a few features that my old machine does not, like easy threading of the needle and a feature that regulates the sewing speed . Happy sewing
    Wed May 29, 2013 9:48 pm Groupie
    I am sure you have already purchased a replacement, but just in case you haven't I will jump in here.
    Personally I am a Singer fan. I purchased my first Singer machine 40 years ago (Yikes, that makes me sound really old). That was a basic machine, straight stitch, zig zag, push button reverse & it could also take a twin needle, weighs a ton & still works like a charm. I can sew leather, denim, silk, you name it with that machine. The next one I bought was a Singer in conjunction with another brand from Sears, free arm, multi-stich, etc. I had a few issues with it, but it also paid for itself. Latest machine is another Singer, from Walmart (the price was right), free arm, tons of different stitches, great machine. So I still have the old heavy weight one, as well as the new one.
    I have a friend who has had a couple of Brother machines & not been happy with either one. Having said that, if you buy it at Costco, their return policy is wonderful.
    Good luck!
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