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Sew Easy Mini Portable Sewing Machine with Accessories
what is a good sewing machine? An easy one to learn on?
I want to buy a new or used sewing machine that is easy to learn on. Any suggestions?
In general, the machines with fewer stitches are easier to learn on, just because there's fewer choices. But some of the simplest machines also lack things that make life easier for a beginner (one step buttonholes are generally easier for newbies than 4 step, for instance), or they lack features like adjustable presser foot pressure that make sewing on different types and weights of fabrics much easier.
Personally, I find most folks seem to have the easiest time on an electronic machine with automatic needle up available on stopping -- you don't need to use the handwheel, and you don't need to think about position of the thread uptake lever when starting and stopping. But that tends to come at a $ price. On the other hand, millions of people have learned to sew on machines where nothing but the stitch formation was automated...
The one thing I am *very* sure about, however, is that a cranky, balky machine that is mechanically incapable of ever sewing well is incredibly frustrating to try to learn on. I've become somewhat of the neighborhood sewing machine guru, and I've had people bring their machines to see if I can make them behave. I've usually sat them down to my Singer 15 straight stitcher ($10 at a yard sale, an hour or so of cleaning and oiling to get it happy again), or my 10+ year old Viking electronic and asked them to sew while I try figure out their machine -- it's amazing to watch the smiles and the self confidence as they figure out that a machine in good condition is actually pleasant to use.
My standard sewing machine rant for beginners:
Take a look at Kate Dicey's essay on choosing sewing machines at
http://www.katedicey.co.uk (and take a look around at her site...
there are a lot of nice little tutorials there!). The FAQ she
refers to is at http://preview.tinyurl.com/l5rzu6 now.
What I want for beginners in sewing:
- a machine that doesn't scare you
- a machine that isn't balky (cheap new machines are often very
balky or need adjustments often and are rarely repairable -- just
too frustrating to learn on!)
- very good straight stitch
- good zigzag (4-5 mm is fine, more than that is gravy)
- a method of making buttonholes that makes sense to you
- adjustable presser foot pressure (which helps some fabric
- accessory presser feet that don't cost an arm and a leg
(machines that use a "short shank foot" typically handle generic
presser feet pretty well. Some brands of machines use proprietary
or very expensive presser feet)
If the budget stretches far enough:
- blindhem and stretch blindhem stitches
- triple zigzag (nice for elastic applications)
- a couple of decorative stitches (you won't use them nearly as
much as you think)
- electronic machine because of the needle position control and
because the stepper motors give you full "punching force" at
slow sewing speeds -- mechanical machines often will stall at
Please go to the best sewing machine dealers around and ask them
to show you some machines in your price range, *especially* used
machines you can afford. You'll get a far better machine at a
specific price buying used than new and a good dealer is worth
their weight in sewing machine needles when you get a machine
problem -- often they can talk you through the problem over the
phone. While you're trying things out, try a couple of machines
(sewing only, not combo sewing-embroidery) over your price limit,
just so you can see what the difference in stitch quality and
ease of use might be. You may find you want to go for the used
Cadillac. Or you might want the new basic Chevy. Might as well
try both out.
Suggested reading: John Giordano's The Sewing Machine Book
(especially for used machines), Carol Ahles' Fine Machine Sewing
(especially the first and last few chapters) and Gale Grigg
Hazen's Owner's Guide to Sewing Machines, Sergers and Knitting
Machines. All of these are likely to be available at your public
Used brands I'd particularly look for: Elna, Bernina,
Viking/Husqvarna, Pfaff, Singer (pre 1970), Juki, Toyota
New "bargain brand" I'd probably pick, if new, decent and budget
was my choice: Janome (who also does Kenmore).
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