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    Posted: 08 October 2013 at 12:59pm
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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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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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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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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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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I know I am a little late to this party but I would like to recommend the Janome HD1000. This machine is around $300.00 and is a great basic sewing machine for home use. It has some 14 stitches that will cover 99% of your sewing needs. The other 1% is strictly decorative. I also strongly recommend that you try this machine or any machine out at your local sewing center. They should gladly allow you to do this so bring some material and thread and have at it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote suziQ Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2013 at 12:53pm
I would suggest have a good read of that forum as well. Big smile
There are lots of good general purpose domestic machines & if she doesn't need the power of the SR machines there is a huge choice.
 
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tejas Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 October 2013 at 8:35am
Two resources for home sewing machine reviews are of course Amazon.com and also:

http://www.erinsayssew.com/

that has a price range selection.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rasmuscm Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 November 2013 at 10:49am
I don't understand why you just don't let her use your lsz-1!  

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Hey i am new here and i wanted to help you and for the other people. For the sewing machines there is not so much review out there you may go amazon and read the reviews. Either i can suggest you this page ;
http://www.sewingmachinereview.net 
I hope it will be usefull. Have great day :)
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