I was just looking over old posts and saw the one where you had just been accepted into design school. Just wondering (probably since Project Runway is on!!!!), how is it going? Would love to know. Sherri
You will probably be sewing a variety of fabrics. That does not mean you need a big expensive machine to start out. I have been looking at the websites of these new "tween" designers, and one in particular who is doing so well, a little girl, age 12 or 13, uses a normal Brother. Probably about $150 machine. She sews silks, jersey, you name it, she sews it right there on that machine. I used my mama's sewing machine, which was so long ago, I don't even remember what kind it was. Then, she bought me a Kenmore. When I turned 16, my big sixteenth birthday present was a brand new Singer! That sewing machine was a gem! Over the years I've had a Toyota, a Bernette, a little $25 Brother I bought on ebay (new too)!, I am using a Bernina I bought on ebay for about $250. It's a good machine, but I just knew I was gonna be blown away by its performance. Well it's turned out to be pretty ordinary. I also ordered a Janome on ebay, and I really enjoyed it. DD got married, and the hairdresser (good friends with the family) said she wanted to do all the bridal party's hair, but really wanted a sewing machine instead of payment. So, I wanted her to have a nice one, and ended up giving her my Jamone. I miss it. I truly do. About a week ago, I ordered me a new sew/quilt Janome with the extension plate. I got mine for $108 on ebay, new. I don't do a lot of special stitches and stuff. But so far with all my machines, I have managed to successfully sew everything from fleece to satin, to upholstery, drapery, all the way down to jeans. I think my overall favorite though, was my Janome. That's why I got another one. It's on it's way and can't wait till it gets here. My advice, a Janome similar to mine would suit you fine, easy to operate, sews everything I have tackled so far, etc. And, if you need to be more advanced with your machine, you haven't invested an arm and a leg in your first machine. Good luck and please let me know how fashion design goes!
you can find some good deals on Ebay my mom has bought some great brand new still in the bos machines for under $35 dollars.. and includes the shipping... so far they work good.