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Old 02-23-2013, 11:55 AM   #1
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On a machine or machines... What would you get and why? My vintage green girl has a short in her foot and a few other problems. I've been wanting another machine with different stitch options that can sew through a good bit of thickness such as wool. I'm not too sure but some limited embroidery would be pretty cool too.

I'm just confused in genereal because on the other hand I'd love a serger too. Lol I want them all!

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I love my Pfaff's( i have two of the "Hobby 1022") Its pretty basic..but ive had it for 10 years...never been professionally serviced(i service it)...and it keeps going and going! It sews through whatever i put in front of it too
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I bought a brother pc420 that I'm very happy with. There are some really nice Jukis near that price range as well. For high quality and strong straight seams, nothing beats my 1962 singer 15-91. You can get them cheap on Craigslist if you are patient. I know a lot of people are really happy with their 300-400 brother embroidery machines too.
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I have the Singer 7470, and it has never failed me, through thick or thin (literally, and I'm a WAHM, so I really abuse it). I that machine.

And the Brother 1034D is a great little serger, especially for the price!

Sewvacdirect has the 7470 from a customer return for less than $300, and the 1034D only runs $200, so you could do both!
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On a machine or machines... What would you get and why? My vintage green girl has a short in her foot and a few other problems. I've been wanting another machine with different stitch options that can sew through a good bit of thickness such as wool. I'm not too sure but some limited embroidery would be pretty cool too.

I'm just confused in genereal because on the other hand I'd love a serger too. Lol I want them all!
I would look for a vintage all metal sewing machine on CL, and then probably buy a Brother 1034D with the money that I saved.
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I agree a 50's or 60's vintage machine for $100 or less then a serger for about $200 and then $200 in fabric and notions or bank the $200 and save to add something like a Juki 300.
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Any favorite 50's or 60's machines?? I really like the idea of getting more than one machine. Haha plus I loveeeee how quiet my green girl is.
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Any favorite 50's or 60's machines?? I really like the idea of getting more than one machine. Haha plus I loveeeee how quiet my green girl is.
I think most brands were pretty tough the most important is that you test it to make sure it works and has all the parts you want and need with it.

Singer and Kenmore will be the most common up for sale as they sold more than most other brands in the US at the time. I have a '68 strait and zig zag stitch Kenmore that will sew anything. It weights about 40 pounds, that is the biggest drawback to it.
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I think most brands were pretty tough the most important is that you test it to make sure it works and has all the parts you want and need with it.

Singer and Kenmore will be the most common up for sale as they sold more than most other brands in the US at the time. I have a '68 strait and zig zag stitch Kenmore that will sew anything. It weights about 40 pounds, that is the biggest drawback to it.
Do you think it's worth looking on eBay if they have videos of them sewing? Around here antiquing is huge and any sewing machine that's older than 1990 instantly has a $400 price tag

I was looking for rusted cast iron pans last month to referbish and they were all more than new in the store. Ugh
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I think it is. The nice thing with ebay is if they say it works it needs to work or you can get your money back. The bad is you will spend about $50 on shipping.

Keep checking CL, prices seem to go in cycles and the sellers are not getting $500 for a 60's era Kenmore they found in grandma's house so if they want to sell it the price will drop.

ETA- also thrift stores and sewing machine dealers, the last time I was at the Bernina dealer she had a few old Singer's.
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