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Hi All! I am new in here, because I have decided to re-learn how to sew. First off I will be needing a new machine and I really don't want to spend a whole lot...around 400 to 500 euro. I live in Austria, that explains the euro bit.
I'll be sewing clothes for my brand new granddaughter! I am also teaching myself with aid of videos, how to hand smock. A friend in San Fransisco sent me her pleater. How cool is that. Anyway...I don't need the machine to do lots of fancy things, but it should be able to also handle things like hemming jeans.
Any advice?
Thanks!
Nancy

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Comment by Kathleen on September 4, 2010 at 1:13pm
Great choice! I just looked up the specs and I believe you will find this machine a great fit! You might find some of these videos online helpful to get you started sewing again. http://www.threadsmagazine.com/teach-yourself-to-sew/ Looking forward to seeing your success! - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Comment by Nancy Prokop on September 4, 2010 at 11:52am
Once more thanks to all who advised. I bought a Janome Sewist 625E. I looked for a dealer who seemed reputable and was so satisfied with the machine, the shop owner and all I bought it on the spot. Now....I'm going to figure out how to use it!
I'll be back!
Comment by Nancy Prokop on August 21, 2010 at 6:24am
You have all been so kind and helpful! At the moment my granddaughter is here and so I will wait until she goes back home before I go out machine shopping, but your tips have been great! I really don't want to spend a lot because I'm not sure how much I'll be able to sew, (I did say I'm also a full-time caregiver...my mom)but I really do want to give it a shot again! I'll let you know when I find the right thing! I can't wait to have time to spend on this site ....cruising around and getting ideas and 'meeting' people!
Comment by Therese Custer on August 20, 2010 at 4:16pm
I will forever be grateful that my girlfriend gave me her entry level Pfaff when she returned to Germany. When my Viking failed I used her machine & became a devoted Pfaff owner. I purchased a mid-level Pfaff which I used for years & then bought a higher level Pfaff which I love dearly. I also own a Pfaff serger which is so much better than either of my Viking or White sergers. Over the years I've sewn on Kenmore, Singer, Viking, Bernina & Pfaff & have done so much more sewing since I discovered Pfaff machines. A machine that has several stretch & decorative stitches as well as several buttonhole stitches is a good machine that will take you from basic to more advanced sewing. Pfaff also has an amazing mending stitch on mid-level machines; I regularly repair jeans for both my husband & son. Enjoy all the sewing you are going to do for your new granddaughter!
Comment by Jo Nardi on August 19, 2010 at 1:13pm
Be sure you visit a dealer and do ask lots of questions. Ask about classes to teach you how to use your machine. By what you can afford but make sure you get a good quality machine to eliminate frustration and make sewing something you really can enjoy. Try out several machines before you buy. Bernina's are the best and the older machines are still very reliable. I have the 830 and my sister the 803
Comment by linda on August 19, 2010 at 8:42am
I just recently purchased a BabyLock A-line Grace series and love that machine. It easily sews over heavey fabric and is easy to operate.
Comment by Peg Baker on August 19, 2010 at 7:45am
Hello, Nancy,
Welcome to SWN - I joined a couple of months ago and i have thoroughly enjoying being part of this friendly, helpful and supportive community. I have a Janome basic portable sewing machine, no computerized parts, just mechanical. I use it for most of my sewing tutorials on home decor sewing and basic sewing skills. I have also purchased a more advanced model (still mechanical) as a gift for a family member. My Janome has been a hard worker for me so I recommend it to my students and beginning sewers. I believe that sewing is like riding a bicycle: once you learn, it doesn't take long to get back in the saddle!

I look forward to keeping up on your progress!

Sincerely, Peg
Comment by Kathleen on August 19, 2010 at 12:32am
I believe Janome makes the current Sears/Kenmore sewing machines.
Comment by Ramona Kuhn on August 19, 2010 at 12:10am
I too have been sewing many years and about 6 years ago I got a Sears Ego and can't tell you how satisfied I've been - the feet take low shank and it's so simple to use. I clean the machine especially the bobbin case every time the bobbin runs out - I always have, and have little or no trouble with my machines. I used to use a Pfaff 7570 and when I upgraded computers their software was no longer compatable and their recommendation was to spend money to upgrade their software and it would have cost over $2,000 at the time. I really liked the machine, but not worth the cost or the hastle. I also have a baby lock 8 thread surger - which practically threads it's self in no particular order. Love, love, love that machine. I have owned surgers almost since they came out in the 1970's and this is by far the best ever. I also use a singer for quilt club so I don't have to take a machine back and forth - very basic and works good.

I really think that you should think first about your budget and then what you can really afford, and then what will you be using it for? Most of the time a basic machine is all you need. Have a great time and let us know what you decided on getting and why. I sincerely think there are many good used machines out there and if cautious you can get a great machine. No need to spend big bucks.
Comment by Cathy on August 18, 2010 at 11:56pm
Congratulations on the grand-daughter - you will have so much fun - I have twin grand-daughters who are 21 months old and I have so much fun with them . There are so many
things that i want to make for them.
I have a Viking sewing machine and love it - I suggest getting a good quality machine - doesn't have to be the top of the line- I like Viking because they have such a good selection of feet and that can be important and make some projects easier. There are
alot of good machines on the market - take time and sew on them that will help you
make a good decision.

Wish you luck and lots of fun
Cathy

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