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    Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me or give me some advice on sewing machines. I can already sew by hand but was wanting to invest in a sewing machine so I can do tasks quicker. At the moment I've just been looking at mini-sewing machines as I'm a complete beginner and in time I will upgrade. Could anyone give me some advice, or maybe a link to a website to reviews of sewing machines. I have no idea what makes a 'good' sewing machine. I'm currently looking in the price range of up to £100, but ideally around £70.
    Thanks for any help

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    I wouldnt buy a mini as they are pretty feeble imo. I tried a couple and the tesion etc was poor, and they were only suitable for the lightest fabrics.

    Will you be sewing jeans etc? or light fabrics?

    Original Poster

    I'm not planning on sewing denim, just light fabrics to make some cushion covers. I've just bought Cath Kidston's book 'Sew!' and it requires a sewing machine to get a good effect.

    so will you want embroidery etc? if not i would pay around £60-70 at most.

    direct.tesco.com/q/R…spx

    dont know if tesco have a voucher too you can use?

    tjhughes.co.uk/fcp…260

    £65.49 with delivery...or collect in store £60

    I have never used any other than singer brother or toyota so couldnt comment on the other makes. Unless you are in a hurry you could look at a local machine shop? they would give more advice and also sell 2nd hand machines which are often better than the modern ones.

    You could also try yur local freecycle? i have just borrowed one after gifting mine some time ago. If you can only borrow one for a while maybe you would get an idea what you need in a machine?

    Original Poster

    Ahhh didn't think of Tesco! I'm just wanting something simple to get me started on some embroidery. Thanks! I'm pretty sure I've got an e-mail from Tesco Direct with a voucher somewhere....:)

    Original Poster

    Added rep for your help

    Thanks, good luck with it xx

    Original Poster

    I'm in no hurry to get one, was just researching into them so I can be informed when I come to purchase one. Will try and speak to someone in a shop who will have a good idea. I tried gumtree but to no avail will also have a look on freecycle!

    If you are just doing cushions and straight lines, go for the Manual Dial "Brother" brand sewing machines (not those fancy digital ones) . Argos sells a few sewing machines. Never go for those mini crappy machines!!! .............. They are so rubbish you might as well do it by hand!!!.............:w00t:

    i would be careful about buying one or getting one second hand unless has some kind of warranty, they can be a nightmare to fix for the novice, i agree with earlier comment about mini, better of spending that money on more robust machine. happy hunting, watch those fingers:)

    Original Poster

    So general consensus is that I should just invest a bit more money and not get a mini? I was debating that, but was a bit put off at their complexity. Thanks for the advice everyone, think I'll spend the extra bit of cash and get a better machine.

    think my mom still has this one but has drawers. wish she would save it for me ... she thinks her children are not domesticated enough, and wont let it go LOL

    http://gotoes.org/sales/SingerSewingMachineManuals/images/FreeSingerSewingMachineInstructions.jpg

    Original Poster

    kippy;6807933

    think my mom still has this one but has drawers. wish she would save it … think my mom still has this one but has drawers. wish she would save it for me ... she thinks her children are not domesticated enough, and wont let it go LOL



    lol is it one of those that are attached to a table? My nan had a similar one but got rid of it as it was pretty big and not enough room for it.

    loudini;6807976

    lol is it one of those that are attached to a table? My nan had a similar … lol is it one of those that are attached to a table? My nan had a similar one but got rid of it as it was pretty big and not enough room for it.



    i had one of these as a kid an old lady gave my mum...it was handle operated:w00t:

    My brother if he was a good mood turned the handle for me. It made loads of stuff and was indestructable. The best 'toy' i had how sad am i?

    kippy;6807933

    think my mom still has this one but has drawers. wish she would save it … think my mom still has this one but has drawers. wish she would save it for me ... she thinks her children are not domesticated enough, and wont let it go LOL



    believe it or not these are still the mutz nutz in many ways.
    they may not embroider logos or be able to download wirelessly etc but they go on and on and on and on and on and on etc and you can still get parts!!:)

    chezz2;6807998

    believe it or not these are still the mutz nutz in many ways.they may not … believe it or not these are still the mutz nutz in many ways.they may not embroider logos or be able to download wirelessly etc but they go on and on and on and on and on and on etc and you can still get parts!!:)



    just not v portable lol

    yes lou - it had a desk and drawer. she kept spare cash there sometimes hehehe (but had some pins with it) and those celebrations tins for sewing stuff. pb1 - it was a foot pedal metal tray. and then you could store it away inside the 'desk'. vintage mechanical - they don't make them as good any more.

    kippy;6808039

    yes lou - it had a desk and drawer. she kept spare cash there sometimes … yes lou - it had a desk and drawer. she kept spare cash there sometimes hehehe (but had some pins with it) and those celebrations tins for sewing stuff. pb1 - it was a foot pedal metal tray. and then you could store it away inside the 'desk'. vintage mechanical - they don't make them as good any more.



    i had one of those too with the foot pedal (again given to me!) it was the only machine that could sew heavy fabrics-i believe they will even sew leather!

    puncture the finger i always feared as a child. probably the nearest thing i could get to driving a manual car aged 8. back then i imagined the threading in and out as going on road journeys. happy days. and probably why i wear glasses - threading needle for momsie LOL.

    http://lara.nettle.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/2008-11-funny-pictures-cat-has-unraveled-all-your-thread.jpg

    kippy;6808262

    puncture the finger i always feared as a child. probably the nearest … puncture the finger i always feared as a child. probably the nearest thing i could get to driving a manual car aged 8. back then i imagined the threading in and out as going on road journeys. happy days. and probably why i wear glasses - threading needle for momsie LOL.



    i love lolcats-i have one who gets in scrapes herself:whistling:

    hehe my cat's just come to the computer screen now to say she agrees with you.

    kippy;6808316

    hehe my cat's just come to the computer screen now to say she agrees with … hehe my cat's just come to the computer screen now to say she agrees with you.



    i had son and grandkids-youngest just age 1 and 2 all in the lounge playing-noisy to say the least! where was the cat? in the middle of it on the coffee table in her basket asleep where they had left it for her:w00t:
    the same day the two eldest (4 and 7) played on the armchair with a games console. I looked twice when i saw the cats tail off the edge of the chair...they were BOTH sat ON her, and she was asleep:w00t:

    I was so shocked i said 'omg the cat!' and they moved-should have got the cam first :roll:

    Original Poster

    kippy;6808262

    puncture the finger i always feared as a child. probably the nearest … puncture the finger i always feared as a child. probably the nearest thing i could get to driving a manual car aged 8. back then i imagined the threading in and out as going on road journeys. happy days. and probably why i wear glasses - threading needle for momsie LOL.



    :-D love the picture

    lol - pb1, lou. chez :thumbsup:

    did you know ... singer made bullets, and artillery in ww2?
    en.wikipedia.org/wik…ion

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Singer_railway_station_Kilbowie_Road.jpg
    Singer station where a big singer factory used to be in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland.
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