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Sewing Machine Shopper's Guide

...aka "why you should just bite the bullet and buy an old European sewing machine" is up on my website.


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Nov. 3rd, 2005 08:02 pm (UTC)
I have a 1952 Singer. I sew chiffon on it. I sew leather on it. Sometimes I remember to change the needle in between. I would NOT trade it for anything else. (I, also own an 8-thread serger. (yes, eight))
Nov. 4th, 2005 01:20 pm (UTC)
You're also not a beginning user. I've got a streamlined Kenmore (White "Family Rotary" series) from the same period, flat-bed, two stitches (forwards and back) and have made complete costumes using it and only it. I would heartily recommend it to someone looking for a second machine, but not to a beginner. The free-arm is just too valuable when starting out.
Nov. 4th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
I might not be a beginning user now, but I was when I started using that machine. It goes forward and backward. All of the costumes you've ever seen me in were sewn on it (and many you haven't).
Nov. 4th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think they're great machines and often great bargains, but for someone with limited space (cabinets take up space, and I don't like these machines as portables at all) and for someone who isn't learning to sew from someone else who always used a flat-bed machine they're not the best choice.
Nov. 3rd, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
Again, very useful! But for a beginner (or just s'one clueless about machinery, like me), you might add a glossary or explain things like rotary bobbin shuttles vs. oscillating shuttle & internal cam stacks. Or point to a site that has that kind of glossary or a diagram of a machine w/parts labeled.

Sure, I've been sewing since I was 8, but I only recently figured out what all the little feet that came w/my machine do ;-)
Nov. 4th, 2005 01:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a "Sewing Machine Buzzwords" glossary would be good. I'll probably put the call out for people to point out things that they didn't understand about their machines.

I still don't know how to use the shirring plate on my old machine, and I've got the manuals.
Nov. 4th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
Good article!
Especially what to look for in a basic machine - good advice.

I remember the first sewing machine I ever bought - it was an old Singer. I bought it used from a sewing machine store in Chicago for $35 (a fortune for me in 1978) and took it home on the bus. Eventually it was replaced with a newer Singer by my ex around 1983 or so. Although I lust after the new machines every year at the county fair, I wouldn't trade my machine for anything. I can sew anything on it, leather, plastic, anything, and it just keeps working. It has a zigzag and a button hole maker, and that's about it for fancy features!
Nov. 4th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've been on the search for a good machine for about a year now. My cluelessness has been abated somewhat by your article. Cheers!
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