V.A. asks from Pflugerville, TX on April 22, 2008
Buying Sewing / Quilting Machine
Hello everyone! I've always heard that Singer is the best machine. Is that really so? Please help me pick out a sewing / quilting machine. It would be great to hear your opinions (pros & cons)about specific machines as well. I will be a beginner, but, dedicated to learning. Thank you in advance!!
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L.F. answers from Dallas on April 26, 2008
Singer is no longer the best machine. It is not made the same way as in the past (nothing is anymore). I would recommend a Bernina. There are many good used ones if you aren't going to buy new. They are extremely reliable, make beautiful stitches and you can take classes to get the most out of it. There are other brands that are good too, this is just my personal choice. I have been sewing since I was a kid and have had many machines along the way.
M.H. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
My mom and aunt both do a lot of quilting,sewing and embroidery. My sister also does these they all have Bernina. I have a brother. These machines are good quality and have good trade in values.
M.K. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
At one time, Singer was the best, and their top of the line is not bad now, but they are not the machines they once were. Bernina, Pfaff, Huscavarna, Janome, and Brother are all machines you should look at. I would recommend you look at mid line machines. You can get a good machine for around $1,000. They go up from there. You need to decide which features you really need. For me, (I am a quilter) I had to have a blanket stitch for applique. Because the lower end machines do not have that stitch, that is where I began my search. You really need to go to a shop and sew on one. Most machine stores have lots of machines to try out, and offer classes with purchase. I thought I wanted a cheap machine to take to classes (quilt shops offer lots of wonderful classes) until I sewed on one and Yuk! So you need to spend some time in the shops on the machines, know your budget and what you need the machine to do, and you can get the best machine for you. If you want embroidery that adds a whole other element to the picture, and thousands of dollars. There is a great shop in Denton, and lots of quilt shops around the area, ask your favorite shop what they like best. Good luck with your search. (I love my Bernina, and my Pfaff machines!) Oh, you don't have to have a "quilt stitch," in order to machine quilt, you just have to be able to put the feed dogs down to free motion. If you have more questions, I love talking about machines and sewing in general!
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R.H. answers from Dallas on April 22, 2008
Hi, Do some research, Singer is no longer considered the best. Most brands have their own website, so you can figure out which features are most important to you. If you are in Lewisville, Hancock Fabrics has sewing classes and they may also have a quilting class. Those instructors can help tremendously with machine advice. I have a Janome and like it a lot, it is made by Kenmore so the asscories at Sears work with my machine. There is so much to consider, email me with specific questions if you have them.
FWY The Sewing Room is no longer in Lewisville it is in Frisco.
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C.S. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
Congratulations on your marriage! I bought a Huskystar from a dear friend of mine that works with her father that owns a sewing machine store. I trusted her over anyone else and she gave me the best price too. Few material things I love dearly and one is my sewing machine! The clear bobbin holder allows me to see when thread is low, low hum of engine is not disruptive and the easy self adjusting tension is a Godsend. :) I sold many sewn doll bodies sewn on my Husky on Ebay and helped make a small living.
Marlena(my friend) also sews for a living so would know the best deal/quality machine on the market. Here is her web site to locate her for questions and so you can see she sure knows what she is talking about.
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L.D. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
If you're in Dallas, there's a sewing machine shop on Harry Hines a bit south of Walnut Hill. It's not the easiest to spot, but it's in a non-descript building on the west side of the road. They were really helpful in showing me the features of the machines and the ranges or quality and price. If you buy from a place like that, they'll spend time showing you how to use the machine and are always there for service or help. (This place also has a huge fabric store in the back.) I'm a fellow beginner who also thought Singer was the obvious choice. I ended up getting a Janome that's a pretty basic model for less than $300. Don't know how it would do with quilting, but it's been great for my little projects.
H.P. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
It really is an opinion thing now. Depending on whatyou will be doing with the machine. Depending on where you live there are stores that specialize in sewing machine sales and they will help you choose the best for your needs.
Denton/Lewisville sewing center
Richland sewing center
Arlington sewing center
These are all run by my in-laws and they will take good care of you.
Hope this helps. Feel free to contact me privatley with more questions.
J.P. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
I LOVE my Bernina. I researched machines about 3 years ago when I wanted a nice one for sewing and quilting. I ended up choosing the Bernina 185QEE which is the quilter's embroidery edition. Berninas have great resale values and you can trade up as well. The closest Bernina dealer for you would be QUILTERS STASH, INC., 848 W. Pipeline Rd, Hurst, TX, 76053 ###-###-####. I agree with the person who said to buy your machine from a sewing store as opposed to a mass merchandiser like Wal-Mart. I know you can even buy used machines at the Bernina dealer. Have fun shopping and good luck!
M.A. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
When I started sewing 7 years ago, I bought a Janome. I LOVE it and still use it regularly. My sister loved mine so much she ended up buying one too. I went to a small sewing store called the Sewing Room in Lewisville. They had a bunch of machines on display that you can try out and the owner was VERY nice and helpful. I don't know if they are still in business or not, but you might be able to find another local store.
A.F. answers from Dallas on April 23, 2008
Oh my gosh no Singer is not the best. There are many machines that can run circles around a singer but then again you are going to pay for that. Singer is a nice solid brand but espeically if you a beginner many other brands would do fine. I am not very impressed with Brother as it is too cheaply made for me. When picking out a machine check to see how heavy it is. Metal parts will keep your machine running longer. As you know more things are being made cheaply with plastic than they used to be. I currently have a Neechi, not well known. I love it. I've worn out a Kenmore, my first machine. My mother had a NewHome from 100 years ago that still runs. Janome is ok. I have a babylock serger. I would love to have a Pfaffy but they are very pricey. I wouldn't get a White... As you see there is so much out there. I would go for heavy quality over tons of snitzy stitches you'll likely never use. Go for one that you find easy to understand, switch from one stitch to another without having to pull out your manual.