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    Sewing machine suggestions.....

    Dee514
    Thu Mar 21, 2013 11:27 pm
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    Hi all,
    I posted my query in the craft forum, and thought I'd also post it here.

    My daughter has two little ones of her own, and she has 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 can't 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. if possible icon_confused.gif

    My old (all metal) machine is a 'portable' Montgomery Ward Model 1964 (mechanical) open arm stretch stitch machine - would love something comparable, preferably not digital.

    Thanks icon_smile.gif
    Dib's
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:26 am
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    I still use my first "basic" sewing machine.....all the time. It's a Brother and it's over 20 years old.

    Here's one for $79.99 - it does a lot!

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-10-Portable-Sewing-Machine/4764724

    I'd get the warranty for 20 bucks (or whatever). Brother has a good rep.
    Iron Bloomers
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 6:57 am
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    Dib's wrote:
    I still use my first "basic" sewing machine.....all the time. It's a Brother and it's over 20 years old.

    Here's one for $79.99 - it does a lot!

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Brother-10-Portable-Sewing-Machine/4764724

    I'd get the warranty for 20 bucks (or whatever). Brother has a good rep.


    Bought the same one @ 5 yrs ago & have been very happy with it. Used for curtains, crafts as well as regular mending.
    Chicagoland Chef du Jour
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 7:25 am
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    If you have any sewing centers near your home, they may be getting rid of floor samples now.
    I brought my Aunt's 60y/o+ sewing machine for conditioning, it could not be repaired, but they suggested I trade it in on a floor sample, it was relatively inexpensive. They may have other used ones for sale because people are always upgrading.
    Connie Lea
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 8:53 am
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    I bought a new Singer in 1961. Last summer I bought a Sears Kenmore in a cabinet at an auction for $7, which is close to the same age as my Singer. Both run great. I took my Singer in for a cleaning and the repairman said you can't beat the old, metal machines. So I would look at some auctions or estate sales.
    Kerfuffle-Upon-Wincle
    Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:01 am
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    I'm still sewing on a Singer I got in the 10th grade! I had it cleaned in 1999, and the man said it was made better than new machines today! The Singer store had many refurbished machines in stock that had come from high school home economics classes ~ definitely checkout a Singer store.

    Too, you might find something on Craigslist ~
    JoyfulCook
    Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:03 am
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    My first machine was my mothers hand me down Brother sewing machine. the one that I now have is a singer, nothing flash but does do button holes. I have had it since my eldest was in High school and needed me to make basketball uniforms icon_smile.gif she is now 50 and its just a great machine. Dibs link seems just great!
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