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Unread 09-19-2010, 11:45 AM   #31
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I have a brother sewing machine SE270D and 1034D serger(on the way home). I like my brother SE270D.Its easy to thread and work with. I also bought a Kenmore 16231 while I moved back with my parents for couple years and sold it when I moved back to mainland.
I like that Kenmore too.Its cheap(below $200) and very simple,easy to thread.I think its perfect for first time sewer.
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Unread 09-22-2010, 10:12 AM   #32
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I use a Memory Craft 4800 from Janome from the 90s. It works great, only a few minor problems with thread jamming occasionally but nothing major. My mom used to sew ball gowns back in the day, so it has a lot of fancy embroidery stitches. It's nice to have those stitches just in case I want to embellish something in the future.
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Unread 09-25-2010, 12:21 PM   #33
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I bought a Janome MyStyle 100 earlier this year and I've been using it pretty often for the past couple of months. It cost around $200 I think, and is a very user-friendly machine, especially for a beginner like me. It's not very loud and it runs very smoothly.
While putting together my Kyoshi Warrior Suki costume, I've run it through a few layers of upholstery vinyl (at some point up to 4 depending on how it's folded in some places) and it generally went right through with no problems and still made clean and sturdy stitches.

From this experience, I'd recommend this machine. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles (which I guess is a good thing in some ways, less to break and it makes you do more for yourself instead of letting the machine do everything) and it's not very expensive.
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Unread 09-25-2010, 09:34 PM   #34
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I use a 1970s Kenmore sensor sewing machine. It's an old sewing machine but it's one of the best. Every now and then I have to adjust it to get it sew right, but I totally love it. It'll sew slippery and hard to sew fabrics like satin and vinal like a dream.
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Unread 09-25-2010, 10:06 PM   #35
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I use the Brother LS-1520. It was a $99 machine, but it does the job. I've had it for about..9 years, I believe? But it still works just as well as it did new. I've never had it serviced, just have cleaned/oiled it a few times. Though it could probably use a tension adjustment eventually. After sewing for long periods of time in one sitting, the tension can kind of go out of wack. But I believe that's true for many machines. (As lead to believe by those ladies I had to fill out the servicing paperwork for while I used to work at a fabric store.) But other than holding up well, it's also an easy machine to use. I mean, I was about 10 when I first got it.

Brother has since come out with newer versions, but I would trust they would have the same quality. Many of which are still within the the prices of $90-$140.

I'm actually thinking about buying a Brother serger in the near-ish future. ^^
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Unread 09-26-2010, 08:47 PM   #36
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I have a 1969 Model 457 Singer Sewing Machine. Which..I don't think they sell them anymore...xD
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Unread 10-04-2010, 06:43 AM   #37
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My first sewing machine was a Brother. I have always gone with them because they are sturdy and user friendly. I have one at home now and one with me in Shanghai. We used Singer at my school in San Diego, but I didn't like them as much as the Brothers. At my current school, we use some weird chinese brand and I really don't like it as much, everything is in the opposite place as my Brother so when I am sewing, I always fumble for the reverse switch and whatnot :-)
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Unread 10-07-2010, 10:59 AM   #38
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Originally Posted by Yukikittie View Post
I have a 1969 Model 457 Singer Sewing Machine. Which..I don't think they sell them anymore...xD
I have the exact same thing! I got it recently and haven't had a chance to try it out yet. The most I've done is thread it.
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Unread 10-11-2010, 04:26 PM   #39
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Unread 10-12-2010, 06:13 AM   #40
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I use Neckermann..I don't know..veery old sewing machine.But really good :/
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Unread 10-13-2010, 10:10 PM   #41
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...I just bought an EasyStitcher for $30 at Michael's. As I am a college student living in a dorm, it was a good price, and it's small, so it doesn't take up too much space.
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Unread 10-13-2010, 11:51 PM   #42
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I use a brother LS-2000, it's really the best one out there for beginners.
I have never sewn by machine in my life and I'm glad that this thing works fine for me. XD XD XD
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Unread 10-15-2010, 02:52 AM   #43
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I kid you not, I use an old fashion push peddle singer sewing machine. I find they are better for heavier fabrics. Eg. Heavy Denim, Wetsuit Material, foam rubber, canvas.

Most of my other projects is had been done on my mum's 25 year old Bernina Sewing Machine.
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Unread 10-18-2010, 06:05 PM   #44
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I have an ooold Singer that I got at a thrift shop for 20 bucks, not even kidding. (The catch was that they didn't know if it worked or not aahaha sob)

Having not touched a sewing machine for near ten years this thing was pretty easy to use. It's not too fancy, makes button holes and zig zags and all that. I dunno how old it is but I have a suspicion its at least older than me. Best purchase I ever made it works like a beast.
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Unread 10-23-2010, 02:53 PM   #45
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I use a Singer Sewing Machine 2517c. It's old, but durable. DX
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