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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tejas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 October 2013 at 6:02am
If as Matt suggests you are interested in an older machine, a Vintage Machines forum might be a place to discuss machines. This is an active UK based forum:

http://www.thesewingforum.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=135

I essentially started with a Pfaff 130, and although if was smooth and stitched a nice stitch, all it offered was zig zag and straight stitch. I almost never used the machine and sold it. Unless you and your wife compete for time on a machine, and you already have an LSZ, there are other features such as easy button holes that might be of interest.

Try sewing buttonholes on a computerized machine in google. Some machines have a buttonhole foot. Essentially you put the button in a slot on the foot, and the sewing machine sews an appropriate sized buttonhole.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote MattGrant Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 October 2013 at 8:30pm
Try Phaff 130, Sailrite Yachtsman, Reads Sailmaker, or look for used Ultrafeeds for my best recommendations. Or if you could find a used Sailrite Sailmaker at a bargain price that would be fantastic. Good luck hunting.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote RonRock Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 October 2013 at 9:09pm
Thanks Tejas. I knew I was asking a question out of the norm for this group. But I don't know where else to start. I will check out the pointers you suggest.

I fully agree that a huge number of stitches is not that impressive. I'd rather find a good soild dependable machine that has the functions that she will actually use.

I'll have a place to start my research, Thank You.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tejas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 October 2013 at 4:35pm
I don't do very much what I'd call domestic sewing. Of some of those projects -- cuffing jeans and making book packs and tote bags -- I've used my industrial machine. The only other domestic projects have been letting out the waist of dress pants, and I've used my wife's home sewing machine, a Janome purchased from Costco. She not infrequently prefers to use the industrial machine for some of her projects, but prefers her machine for light fabrics and for making button-holes, etc.

We selected a somewhat more expensive Janome with the relatively fewer basic built-in features versus a cheaper machine with a huge number of feature she'd never use.

In any case, unless you really know what you're buying, I'd avoid most machines made in China -- there are exceptions of course -- and favor machines made in Japan or Bernina which apparently still makes some machines in Switzerland but mostly in Thailand.

As for suggestions, a less targeted forum than Sailrite might be more productive, and you might want to be a bit more specific about objectives. I follow two forums more oriented to domestic sewing:

http://artisanssquare.com/sg/index.php

http://www.thesewingforum.co.uk/search.php?searchid=1649747&photoplog_searchinfo=1

Home sewing machines often list a huge number of stitches. I'd be more interested in usability -- space under the foot, space under the arm, flat-bed and pedestal capability ....
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My wife is jealous of my LSZ-1. Big smile So it is time to replace the old cheapie that I bought her 20-25 years ago. Neither of us know much about sewing machines other than the sky is the limit as far as cost. Would like to spend 3 - 400 on something if there is something in that price range. She just does repairs and some craft work. An occasional home project like a jacket or maybe a blanket or similar project. So don't need all of the bells and whistles, but would not mind some either.

Any suggestions?


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