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Hi all,

 

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

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000F7DPEQ/

 

and 

 

The Singer 4411 Heavy Duty Model Sewing Machine

http://www.amazon.com/SINGER-4411-Heavy-Sewing-Machine/dp/B003VWXZKG/

 

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!

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I located these absolutely awesome guides to sewing machines: 

http://www.evidently.org/2007/02/too-much-information/

http://www.evidently.org/2008/02/he-said-the-embroiderer-strikes-back/

Everyone who is considering buying a sewing machine should give those posts a reading. They are quite awesome when it comes to analyzing every single sewing machine brand in the market today. Summarizing those articles:

1. Bernina -- the royalty of sewing machines. If you have $8K, then get this. Else move along to the next

2. Viking | Pfaff -- similar but Pfaffs are Vikings manufactured in Eastern Europe. Vikings are manufactured in Sweden. Vikings preferable. Still expensive but you will make up the expense in smooth running and headache-freedom,

3. Janome | “Upper End” Brother | Baby Lock | Kenmore -- similar budget inconsistency, May or may not work for you.

4. Elna | “Big Box Mart” Brother | Singer | White -- Worst. Avoid if serious.

I am leaning towards a Viking.

 

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