November 30, 2007

internet! i need you!

hopefully one of you helpful internet folks will be a better resource than me here, because OH MY GOSH do i have no idea where to start here. does anyone know anything about sewing machines?? my mom has requested a new one for christmas. one that will be able to sew through a few layers of thick fabric (she mostly sews slipcovers and upholstery type things) but she says she doesn't want "something expensive or fancy" with unnecessary "bells and whistles." apparently that means button hole makers. i hear they're very bellish. and whistley.

anyway. do any of you have a good sewing machine? have recommendations? the only type of "sewing" i do involves fixing hems and holes with a needle and thread, so.. uh.. yeah.

10 comments:

  1. I don't know a thing about it, but maybe what you're looking for is what they call a surger machine.

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  2. No freaking clue! However, if I had to buy a sewing machine, I think I'd head over to a fabric shop and start randomly asking the women who are shopping what they would recommend.

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  3. An email has been sent. ;D

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  4. Sewing machine? What's that? Maybe someone at a fabric and craft store could help. Certainly not I...sorry.

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  5. Hmmm, I don't exactly know, but I have always heard fabric stores would really know this so giv e them a call.


    ~Jef

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  6. Leaf, probably...2/12/07 8:11 PM

    I can confirm that all three of the sewing machines I have used have died painful deaths in my hands. All of them died in the first 1/2 hour of me using them.

    I'd say longevity and sturdiness are good qualities in a sewing machine.

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  7. You had Bossy at S-e-w-... no.

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  8. I sew quilts but don't know that much about sewing machines. But I can tell you that what you need is a strong, sturdy machine rather than one that can do 50 different types of stitching. A fabric store or a sewing machine store (sometimes there are "Sew & Vac" stores) can help. And you can buy sewing machines used, too, which can sometimes help you get a good-quality one for cheaper.

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  9. Hmmm....No clue. I can sew a button back on and that is the *extent* of my sewing ability. Sew sorry. Heh.

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  10. Singer, and they offer a ton of different types that sew through upholstery fabric, as long as you have an upholstery needle installed. Singer also makes Brother, which is a lower priced brand but still a good machine.

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