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Unread 10-26-2013, 01:25 PM   #1
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Good Compact sewing machine for beginners?

I used to sew a bit with my grandma when I was younger, but.. aside from that- I haven't sewn in ages...soon enough I want to take photography and sewing courses but any good suggestions for a beginner? One of my first outfits I want to make is Briar Rose's dress from Sleeping Beauty (not the gown)
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Unread 10-26-2013, 09:32 PM   #2
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Look into the Janome and Brother brands. Their low-end machines are good for beginners and are pretty solid for the price point they're sold at. I wouldn't expect to be able to sew lots of thick twill layers on them, but for entry-level sewing and lightweight garments they'd be fine. It's also easy to get more feet and accessories for those brands.
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Unread 10-27-2013, 10:35 AM   #3
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I second Janome. They make a "Jean Machine" that lists at under $150 US and is a small, beginner friendly machine, that also has strong enough gearing for sewing denim. Frankly, when it comes to costumes, there is always going to be something with a lot of layers or a heavy material, so getting a stronger machine is worth it.
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