I am finally getting my first-ever sewing machine but I am having a tough time picking one. Currently I am tied between these two:
The Brother XL2600I 25-Stitch Free-Arm Sewing Machine
The Singer 4411 Heavy Duty Model Sewing Machine
I want to able to
-- Hem a bunch of denim jeans and trousers
-- Make some duvet covers of flannel
-- Make a winter coat of some heavy weight wool.
Do you think any of the above two models might work satisfactorily for me? If not, could you please share your insights on what I should get? I do have a limited budget - not more than $150. Can I get a decent machine that would fit my needs for this budget or is this unrealistic? Thanks for your time!
I just swa your post. I know that the brother is a better machine. I am trying to buy one of these on ebay. I worked with a Basic brother 3500 and it was a little workhorse. My expensive singer 7642 is sitting in my closet and after 2 years needs repair that is more than the machine is worth. The other thing I see about the Brother that is a great feature for the price is the one step button h*** maker. Usually on lower price machines you get a four step. I choose the Brother I hope this helps and Happy Sewing
Go to your Sears web page. Kenomore machines are now made by Janome, and as a sewing educator, that is where I would encourage my students to shop for a machine! Kenmore 18221 ( http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02018221000P?blockNo=3&... ) is heavy duty and has the one step buttonhole maker, which you will love! You can find a refurbished model of this, as a Janome model, on Overstock within your budget, or through Sears it is a little over your budget.
I have used most every brand of sewing machines. My students who bring to class current models of inexpensive models of Brother and Singer have a higher degree of frustration with their machines.
Good luck and have lots of fun!
Thanks so much for your detailed reply!! I would love to check out sewing machines in person but unfortunately I don't have the time to test out a good number of machines to reach a conclusion. So I thought I would lean on the experiences of people from sew-whats-new. :)
The price match and 5 year-service plan deal is so cool - I wish I could find such a deal online. Unfortunately, retailers are not even offering the Janome 25 year warranty!
I will check out harbor freight - sounds very industrial. ;-)
Yes, this is the machine. My experience tells me that when I read sewing machine reviews online, read with caution. I have no clue as to the abilities of the person using the machine . Did they read the instructions before use, or did they "assume" they could do it without instructions, correct thread for needle, correct bobbin use, etc.
Refurbished is always the "luck of the draw". I once had to return electronic refurbished product (not a sweing machine) from overstock and they paid the return cost and refunded me.
Janome comes with a 25 yr warranty, so you may wish to ask Overstock if they honor/send this warranty with their machine.
I hope you find a machine that fits your needs:) Feel free to ask me for any other help.
I always try new first if I can afford it. I noticed today that the Sears machine is 149.99 if you "buy online". http://www.sears.com:80/shc/s/p_10153_12605_02018221000P?prdNo=4&am...
If you leave near a Sears store you may wish to see if they have one you can "try" or see...then buy "online.
I think Sears offers and extended warranty, you might check that out, also!
I really don't know I guess it depends on how much you know about sewing. I've been sewing for 40 or more yrs. and sometimes still run into problems. I just purchased two machined, both Brothers. A Brother CE5500PRW Sewing Machine(Project Runway Limited Edition) with 80 functions and 50 different stitches and a Brother 4 threader Computerized Serger, I'm excited, and to boot, I bought them both this week. I hope things work out. Try Wal-Marts that's where I found mine.