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Unread 05-19-2012, 07:45 PM   #136
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A JoAnn 1986 Sonata. Awesome machine, works pretty well...

And my newest addition, a 1952 Singer machine. Just got it today, it's super swanky and practically brand spanking new. It was apparently bought but never used. Haven't used it yet but I expect good thing since I've heard great things about older Singers~
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Unread 05-28-2012, 06:26 PM   #137
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I have a 45 year old Viking 6000 that actually works quite well! I also have a small Janome, but havent used it as much lately (mainly because it is in NYC and I presently am not)
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Unread 06-04-2012, 08:48 PM   #138
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I have my late great-grandmother's old New Home model 661. I'm new to sewing and I have no idea what I'm doing but hopefully I'll figure something out. I really want to learn how to use the thing.
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Unread 06-05-2012, 08:28 AM   #139
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EJade, New Home was the early name of Janome, a very good machine!
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Unread 06-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #140
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1980's Kenmore. That thing is a tank, but pretty hard to re-thread.
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Unread 06-27-2012, 09:05 PM   #141
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Hmmm where do I start? My oldest machine is a Singer model 27, an old fashioned treadle machine! It's mostly for decoration (unless the power is out LOL). My main workhorse is my old Singer 237 which is from the late 60's. I nicknamed her "Cinderella" because I liberated her from my hubby's evil stepmother. I also have 2 sergers - a White 7934 which is a great basic little 3/4 thread overlock machine, but lately I have been spending more time with my Viking Huskylock 936. I hope to learn how to use the coverstitch soon. I sew mainly for my every day wardrobe so I have quite a fleet!
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Unread 06-28-2012, 03:31 PM   #142
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Hmmm where do I start? My oldest machine is a Singer model 27, an old fashioned treadle machine! It's mostly for decoration (unless the power is out LOL).
Yay, a fellow treadler!

I've got two 27s myself, one electrified that I use all the time (named Emily) and my great-grandmother's that's still a regular treadle. I've also got two 66s, a Minnesota Model C, and a Damascus all of which are still normal treadles. I think I may have a slight problem, especially since Emily's the only one functional at the moment. >.>
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Unread 07-06-2012, 12:35 AM   #143
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I'm planning on getting my first sewing machine soon. I want to make primarily a cape. I don't know much about sewing (I plan to take lessons), can anyone recommend me a machine?
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Unread 07-17-2012, 08:44 PM   #144
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I use a Bernina 630e. It's a combination machine that can do embroidery, stuff like this.
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Unread 07-27-2012, 12:32 AM   #145
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I have a 45 year old Viking 6000 that actually works quite well! I also have a small Janome, but havent used it as much lately (mainly because it is in NYC and I presently am not)
I have one too! Viking 6430, the best machine ive ever used! Honestly the older machine are the best because they are made of metal and not plastic. The Viking one i have can sew threw layers of thick fabric. The presser foot can be adjusted for the fabric thickness. Its an awesome machine. I'd say go with either an old Viking or Bernina. Of all the sewing machines ive bought or used, thosed two brands have been the best.I'd say NEVER BUY A BRAND NEW SINGER. THEY ARE CRAP. They break down all the time and singer just sucks nowadays. All they have is their name to rely on.
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Unread 08-27-2012, 11:31 AM   #146
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I just bought my first machine ever a while ago. It's a Pfaff select 3.0. I couldn't test it yet, but what the shop assistant showed me was pretty amazing
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Unread 09-07-2012, 01:15 PM   #147
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I use the Brother Project Runway Machine from walmart that goes for 15o I think? XD I love it to death. It comes with alot of different pressure feet you can use and handles projects big and small so easily. It can go through thick stuff so easily too! My friend and I tried it out before we bought ours and it sews through 6 layers of pleather without missing a beat. Thick pleather too! It hasn't failed me in the past year and is still going strong <3 Couldn't be happier!
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Unread 09-15-2012, 03:41 PM   #148
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So I haven't started learning to sew yet - I bought Sewing for Dummies and the Reader's Digest sewing books to get me started - but I wanted to know what kind of machine I should look into buying. I'm hoping for something a little more on the inexpensive side, but that can handle thinner, leather-like material (I'm against using animal hide, so something faux but similar for Lightning from FFXIII's belt work, gloves and bag). I was looking at a few supposed "heavy duty" Singers on amazon, but the reviews weren't so good and the reviewers claimed they were not heavy duty at all.

So! Any machine recommendations?
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Unread 09-26-2012, 05:56 PM   #149
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I have a New Home JA 1518. I got it from my mom who only ever used it for a few things here and there. I'm not sure how old it is but it has some years on it since it has the old Janome name.

My mom had a lot of trouble with it, I think mostly due to lack of knowledge. It's worked fine for me, but I don't know much about sewing machines. ^^
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Unread 09-26-2012, 07:41 PM   #150
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I have a Kenmore from the 70s. My grandpa bought it from a garage sale in the 80s and gave it to my mom, who gave it to me a while back. It's pretty old but works great. I can sew leather and fur on it no problem. ^.^

Unfortunately it's mounted into a table so I will soon need to buy a sewing machine that is more mobile. Does anyone have suggestions? I've heard that the new machines are pretty pricey to get ones that can handle leather and such, but I don't want to feel limited with the new one (I'll still be able to use my Kenmore but only when I'm at home). Should I just try to find another old one that's in good shape? There's a store nearby me that appears to sell vintage machines, I've just never been inside. It would be neat to have a machine that could do decorative stitching or embroidery, basically something my current one can't (though according to my mom it does do some decorative stitching).

Also I will be getting a serger soon. Recommendaions on that would be great as well.
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