Singer Buttonhole

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Apr/09
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Recommend me a sewing machine, please.?

My current machine is an ancient and rapidly dying Singer model that we managed to rescue from a skip a few years ago, so I would like to replace it. My budget is probably £300 and under, I make mostly (but not exclusively) clothing/costumes, and tend to do very big projects about once every three months.

I'd quite like one with a range of decorative stitches, buttonholes, etc... is it too naive to imagine that there might be something in my price range that can be connected to a PC for embroidery purposes?

Any help would be appreciated, as I've never bought anything like this before.

You might look at some of the machines at Kate Dicey's website -- she's a very knowledgeable clothier/costumer in the UK, and I know she has some favorite local sources: http://katedicey.co.uk/ click on resources, then sewing machines. I'd drop her a note, were I you. Her main machine is a Husqvarna Viking Lily 550, the model up from the one I sew on. Both of our machines are about the same vintage, about 10-12 years, and both are used hard. Haven't heard Kate complain about her machine, and I have no complaints about mine.

I'm in the US, so don't know UK prices, but I think you're probably talking "used machine" for the range of features you're asking for. At $300 in the US, you'd definitely be talking used for a well built machine like a Viking, Bernina, Pfaff, Elna...

Also, you might be interested in the machine reviews at http://www.patternreview.com when you get things narrowed down a bit more.

I don't do computerized machine embroidery, though I've done some free motion work. My friends here who do computerized embroidery prefer to have separate sewing and embroidery machines -- at least at new prices, separate machines aren't a whole lot more than a combination unit, and you can keep sewing while the other unit embroiders.

Again, speaking personally, I'd probably go for a serger instead of an embroidery machine as the first supplement to a regular sewing machine.

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