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Hi everyone,
I am new here in this forum. i want to purchase a sewing machine for home use. I dont know which sewing machine is best for basic sewing purpsoe. More it should be in affordable price range. I need experts suggestions regarding the best sewing machine.
Hopefully, i will get good recommenddations.
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Mildered D Dorris
 

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If you are new to sewing, look in the thrift stores for a good basic (not electronic) machine. You can always upgrade later if you feel the need to. I got a good basic Singer for about $20, it's 1957 era and a workhorse. The older machines have metal parts and last longer.
 

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Most brands are good machines and they all do the same basic stitches. I would avoid anyone selling "school" sewing machines at a 1-day sale, and stick with a local store where you can get service if necessary. Machines come in all price ranges, so you can find one that is affordable for you. Some shops have refurbished or slightly used machines at discount prices.

I always tell people that buying a sewing machine is like buying a car. Sit down and test drive it. Are the controls comfortable? Maybe you like a knee control instead of a floor pedal? Is the lighting good enough? It is too loud? Does it sew nicely when you test it. There is no one right machine for everyone.

Ask around and see if any of your friends have a machine they'd part with. Sometimes they end up at church rummage sales. If you do get a second hand machine from a thrift shop you should take it for cleaning (which can cost $75-120). It has most likely been sitting a long time and may need oiled and checked over. Again, like a car. You don't know what problems it has or how long it was in the basement, whether it got banged around or not.
 

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Hi everyone,
I am new here in this forum. i want to purchase a sewing machine for home use. I dont know which sewing machine is best for basic sewing purpsoe. More it should be in affordable price range. I need experts suggestions regarding the best sewing machine.
Hopefully, i will get good recommenddations.
Regards
Mildered D Dorris
There's good advice from another thread:
a good answer from another thread:
Recommending a sewing machine is a lot like recommending a car. I can show you what I have and what I have used, what the features are, but it may not suit you. Plus, my machine hasn't been made in 20 years.

Most machines today come with a bunch of fancy stitches whether you want them or not. Sales people will push you to get the most expensive model with all the features, be firm about your needs and go for one of the lower end models, maybe even a discontinued model they want to get rid of. They will all do a straight stitch and most will sew through leather when you have the appropriate needle in place.

So, what you want to do is ask to "test drive" the machines. Take samples of the materials you want to sew, sit down and play with the machine. They will have a bunch of flimsy samples to show you, but you want to try it with your leather and canvas scraps and see how it handles. Be sure the foot pedal and controls are comfortable for you.

Viking, Bernina, Janome, Brother, Pfaff, and Juki are all good brands. Personally I would stay away from Singer, but others like them.

With used machines you should also ask to test drive to confirm it is in working order. Ask when it was last serviced/cleaned. It is easy to check reviews online if you know the model number/name. If you are buying used from a repair shop ask what the warranty covers.
 
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