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Sewing machine that can deal with jeans

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I did some straight line sewing on my dad's industrial brother sewing machine when I was a teenager and would like to take up sewing again. I am looking for a sewing machine that can do jeans alterat… Read More
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3w, 1h agoPosted 3 weeks, 1 hour ago
I did some straight line sewing on my dad's industrial brother sewing machine when I was a teenager and would like to take up sewing again. I am looking for a sewing machine that can do jeans alterations.

Are all sewing machines suitable or do I need to look for a particular type of sewing machine? My dad has the industrial sewing machine but it is too big so I just want to buy a small one.

Any help will be appreciated guys as I have no clue.
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3w, 1h agoPosted 3 weeks, 1 hour ago
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#1
my friend bought the one ikea and it manages jeans it was £45 when he bought it 2 years ago
#2
most household ones will deal with jeans . It's the needle that important

Edited By: 999kernow on May 09, 2017 17:17: spelling
#3
I have an old Bernina passed on from late Grandmother and I tailored jeans on using it. Like the above suggested make sure it's the correct needle
#5
Make sure you get jeans needles and suitable thread too.
#6
sicklysweet
Make sure you get jeans needles and suitable thread too.

cheers. i did not know that the needle is important. i thought all needles were the same.
my dad has all the necessary jeans threads and paraphernalia so i can get them off him.

would you recommend i get a well known name like singer or brother as i was thinking with an established name, the machine would be better quality and last longer?
#7
mutley1
sicklysweet
Make sure you get jeans needles and suitable thread too.
cheers. i did not know that the needle is important. i thought all needles were the same.
my dad has all the necessary jeans threads and paraphernalia so i can get them off him.
would you recommend i get a well known name like singer or brother as i was thinking with an established name, the machine would be better quality and last longer?


Honestly that John Lewis one should be ideal for your needs.

John Lewis are really quite well respected in the world of sewing machines.

I've got several Brother machines (sewing, embroidery & overlooking) but I use them quite a lot and spent the most I could afford at the time to get the best machine, knowing that I'd be using it a lot.

If you can deal with the disgusting colour of that JL one, you'd have a great little machine for someone who wants to do the odd job and enjoy it. It's perfect to learn on and to gain more confidence with sewing.

Some of the cheaper machines can suck all of the joy out of sewing.

Buy good quality needles and good quality thread, and take your time preparing the fabric (measuring, pinning, marking out etc).

Work out what you want to do, plan it, and then go through it again. Too many times I've launched into something with more enthusiasm than preparation and caused myself issues.
#8
If you do decide to go with a Brother, I can highly recommend these guys.

https://www.sewingmachines.co.uk

Call them up and they'll price match any other retailer. I think the owner/manager is called Russell.

Their customer service is unbeatable - they picked up faulty machine after 6 months use and instead of repairing it I asked if I could get a refund and put it towards another (better) machine and they did it without question!

Each machine I've bought has come with an awesome bundle of something like 100+ Frissiter & Rossman threads, 5 pack of scissors, unpicker (make sure you buy a couple of these!!!), tapemeasure etc. Everything you need to get you started and going for years, bar the fabric.
#9
Think about what you want to do with the machine.

Do you want a buttonhole stitch?
Different stitch widths?
To be able to sew silk?
How's your eyesight?! Do you want a needle threaded in the system?!
Do you want to get a fairly basic one and see if you enjoy it, or buy a decent one now and future-proof yourself from having a buy another one?
Do you want to do embroidery?
#10
sicklysweet
Think about what you want to do with the machine.
Do you want a buttonhole stitch?
Different stitch widths?
To be able to sew silk?
How's your eyesight?! Do you want a needle threaded in the system?!
Do you want to get a fairly basic one and see if you enjoy it, or buy a decent one now and future-proof yourself from having a buy another one?
Do you want to do embroidery?

cheers sickly sweet. i need one to do straight line sewing on jeans and other clothing so nothing too complicated as i doubt i would be capable of doing anything more complicated. embroidery and button hole would be beyond my capability.

so i just want a basic powerful one that can cope with jeans as that will be the toughest material that i will ever tackle. i want one that will last.

my eyesight is perfect. i don't wear glasses.
#11
mutley1
sicklysweet
Think about what you want to do with the machine.
Do you want a buttonhole stitch?
Different stitch widths?
To be able to sew silk?
How's your eyesight?! Do you want a needle threaded in the system?!
Do you want to get a fairly basic one and see if you enjoy it, or buy a decent one now and future-proof yourself from having a buy another one?
Do you want to do embroidery?
cheers sickly sweet. i need one to do straight line sewing on jeans and other clothing so nothing too complicated as i doubt i would be capable of doing anything more complicated. embroidery and button hole would be beyond my capability.
so i just want a basic powerful one that can cope with jeans as that will be the toughest material that i will ever tackle. i want one that will last.
my eyesight is perfect. i don't wear glasses.


Try phoning the company I linked to earlier, and ask to speak to Russell.

Tell him what you want and he'll recommend something suitable.

He wants people to be happy and won't push to sell the most expensive model, he will advise the best one for you.

I'd personally avoid secondhand ones on eBay as you don't know what abuse they've had.
#12
This is my beloved machine!

https://www.sewingmachines.co.uk/products/brother-innov-is-955/255?gclid=CNKkjrb44tMCFUe17QodXPEAqw

I think I paid £500 about 5 years ago when I came into some inheritance and decided to use the money on something that will be useful, bring me joy, be enjoyable, give me a hobby etc.

Best money I ever spent.
#13
sicklysweet
This is my beloved machine!https://www.sewingmachines.co.uk/products/brother-innov-is-955/255?gclid=CNKkjrb44tMCFUe17QodXPEAqw
I think I paid £500 about 5 years ago when I came into some inheritance and decided to use the money on something that will be useful, bring me joy, be enjoyable, give me a hobby etc.
Best money I ever spent.

that is some serious money for a sewing machine. almost the price of an industrial sewing machine. i will probably use the machine once a year if that so i will have a look at the john lewis as that sounds a good price. thanks.
#14
mutley1
sicklysweet
This is my beloved machine!https://www.sewingmachines.co.uk/products/brother-innov-is-955/255?gclid=CNKkjrb44tMCFUe17QodXPEAqw
I think I paid £500 about 5 years ago when I came into some inheritance and decided to use the money on something that will be useful, bring me joy, be enjoyable, give me a hobby etc.
Best money I ever spent.
that is some serious money for a sewing machine. almost the price of an industrial sewing machine. i will probably use the machine once a year if that so i will have a look at the john lewis as that sounds a good price. thanks.


Looo at the deal I posted when it's free with the magazine subscription. Works out cheaper than buying the machine from JL.
It had hundreds of 5* reviews.
#15
sicklysweet
mutley1
sicklysweet
This is my beloved machine!https://www.sewingmachines.co.uk/products/brother-innov-is-955/255?gclid=CNKkjrb44tMCFUe17QodXPEAqw
I think I paid £500 about 5 years ago when I came into some inheritance and decided to use the money on something that will be useful, bring me joy, be enjoyable, give me a hobby etc.
Best money I ever spent.
that is some serious money for a sewing machine. almost the price of an industrial sewing machine. i will probably use the machine once a year if that so i will have a look at the john lewis as that sounds a good price. thanks.
Looo at the deal I posted when it's free with the magazine subscription. Works out cheaper than buying the machine from JL.
It had hundreds of 5* reviews.

but that is pink and i can't deal with a pink sewing machine. also i would feel obligated to read the magazines and i would rather pay them not to send me the magazines. X)
#16
mutley1

Any help will be appreciated guys as I have no clue.

Really?
#18

thanks sickly. i have ordered :3
i am so excited as this is the first sewing machine that i have owned so i am going to have hours of fun making complete useless stuff with it. lol X)
#19
Do you have a fabricland near you?

Most markets have a fabric stall which sells cheap fabric.

Practice using some fabric you don't care about, before getting too excited and attacking the jeans.

Remember for the jeans to get the right thread, the right needle and to take your time.

I highly recommend you buy one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Sewing-Accessories/Simple-machine-Seam-Guide-magnet-easy-application/B01IDJ03C4/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_60_tr_t_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=V35DG28KZGMS6ZYNRQDR (cheaper on eBay).
#21
Several of these as they go missing when you need them! Seam rippers, I find these ones the best. They go blunt after a while so write the date you open them on the handle
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Clover-463-Seam-Ripper-Silver/dp/B000YZ8MVU/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1494863004&sr=8-8&keywords=Seam+ripper

One of these seam rippers with the weird head, you will thank me later as the head is amazing for picking up the little threads

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Hemline-Seam-Fix-Ripper-Sharp-Safety/dp/B00CMQXC0U/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1494863085&sr=8-12&keywords=Seam+ripper

My favourite retractable tape measure
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Prym-120-inch-Spring-Measure-Jumbo/dp/B0074OO6CI/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1494863153&sr=8-10&keywords=Tape+measure+sewing
#22
sicklysweet
Do you have a fabricland near you?
Most markets have a fabric stall which sells cheap fabric.
Practice using some fabric you don't care about, before getting too excited and attacking the jeans.
Remember for the jeans to get the right thread, the right needle and to take your time.
I highly recommend you buy one of these https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Sewing-Accessories/Simple-machine-Seam-Guide-magnet-easy-application/B01IDJ03C4/ref=pd_lpo_vtph_60_tr_t_3?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=V35DG28KZGMS6ZYNRQDR (cheaper on eBay).

i have lots of bed sheets that i do not use. don't ask me why i have so many bed sheets that i do not use. i have loads of stuff that i do not use. lol. so i can use them to practise on.

i also have a few abandoned jeans that i can damage so i will get used to messing around with them before i tackle my new jeans. i have done sewing before so i should be fine. thanks for all the suggestions. :3

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