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Sewing machines

sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 10:16PM
Hi all,

Time to call on that diverse range of skills I know exists on Epz.

My wife has been hinting that she would love a good sewing machine for her birthday. She's new to sewing, but is determined to use some of her new found free time to get to grips with this hobby. She's particularly interested in making blinds. I suspect in the future she may also become interested in quilting.

My problem is I have no idea what to look at. It has been suggested to me that a sewing machine is a little like a car in that it has to feel right for you in use. I am not too worried by budget at this point, but I do want to get some thing that will last and is of good quality.

Any ideas?


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scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
31 Aug 2012 10:38PM
My wife has been making clothes for 30 years and recently replaced her aged Singer with a Brother machine, which she rates very highly. Two good makes to start with...
scottishphototours 14 2.6k 2
31 Aug 2012 10:44PM
Brother AE1700, available at Argos...just been up the loft to check!!
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 10:45PM
Thanks Andy. I am led to believe all makes have good and bad models - I am after specifics if possible.

sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 10:56PM
Beaten me to it. Cheers.
annaliese 13 421 1 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 11:02PM
I've just purchased a brother inovis 50 with free 150 quilting kit, and its fantastic Smile
Had a singer before this and it lasted three weeks Sad the brother is far better build quality.
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
31 Aug 2012 11:12PM
Some years ago, we worked in the licenced trade and at Christmas, my mother-in-law would knock up some silly outfits for us to wear behind the bar, using her sewing machine.

It was a pub singer.
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
31 Aug 2012 11:16PM
akh Plus
14 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2012 10:40AM
Try here
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2012 10:45AM
I bought my wife 'Janone' make 'drop-in-spool' 10 yrs ago from argos for 200. which is very good. The top drop-in-spool is easy to thread through. Hope that helps.
crookymonsta Plus
10 837 10 England
1 Sep 2012 12:37PM
I have a Bernina which I bought on the recommendation of my daughter, who trained as a fashion designer. Much more reliable than my previous two machines, Singer and Janone, and very easy to use.
thewilliam 9 6.1k
1 Sep 2012 1:12PM
The 40 year old Elna that we inherited from my mother is still in occasional use. Beautifully made! Do the Swiss still build them like that?
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2012 1:57PM
Thanks for the tips so far. The manufacturers are interesting, but model numbers would be better still. For example, I know the Janone make sme brilliant machines and some real pups. The question is - which one is which?
Jat_Riski 9 89 United Kingdom
1 Sep 2012 4:13PM

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