Video Fitness Forum  

Go Back   Video Fitness Forum > Video Fitness Reader Forum > General Discussion

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 03-20-20, 06:13 AM  
suzannaerin
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Arlington, VA
If you sew, help!

Could you experienced sewers (sow-era not sue-era) give me recommendations
for a good machine for the almost absolute beginner (last sewed in 1980, and not well). I want to make masks for the health care workers. I'm considering this one, opinions please!! https://www.amazon.com/Brother-XM270...ts&sr=1-1&th=1
suzannaerin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-20, 08:00 AM  
MsThistlebottom
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
I sew regularly (mostly quilting) and am a huge fan of Janome sewing machines. This one is suited for beginners.
__________________
Joan

"When I was young, I used to admire intelligent people; as I grow older, I admire kind people." -- Abraham Joshua Heschel
MsThistlebottom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-20, 08:20 AM  
sheepla
VF Supporter
 
sheepla's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: OK
As soon as I saw your question, I was also going to recommend Janome. I've had MUCH more success with Janome than Brother (though Brother has an awesome serger).
__________________
Shelia
sheepla is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-20, 09:00 AM  
owltx
VF Supporter
 
owltx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
I think I would go with the Janome over the Brother. I have to say, though, you will find both MAJOR improvements over your old one. I was astounded at the difference when I got a new one, and that was ten years ago!
__________________
Stephanie
owltx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-20, 12:14 PM  
sillygirl
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Check out www.patternreview.com. There’s a forum just about sewing machines. But beware you may end up with more than one and spending more than you first anticipated. Being a fellow vidiot - reading this forum and Pattern Review is how I ended up with several sewing machines and hundreds of workout DVDs.
sillygirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-20, 03:07 PM  
Hattie
VF Supporter
 
Hattie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: USA
I was almost in your situation when my old Kenmore ceased up. Fortunately, my husband got it working again. I also have an old Brother I got for my summer place. I know the quality of machines has changed a lot since I purchased them. Still, I would not get another Brother if you paid me. The Brother's speed is slow as compared to my Kenmore. Also, the machine won't take a needle size larger than 14, even then it is tough to maneuver a 14 into the slot.

I was told by Sears that my Kenmore was actually manufactured by the Janome company. If I should get another machine, I would definitely look at Janome. Also, if at all possible, I would try to find a place where I could try it.
__________________
Bea
Hattie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-20, 03:32 PM  
bzar
Exchange Moderator
 
bzar's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: PalmTreeVille
thank you for volunteering to do this.

is there someone who could loan you a machine?
__________________
~jeannine


Miyagi: Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off. Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off. Don't forget to breathe, very important.
[walks away, still making circular motions with hands] ~ Pat Morita, The Karate Kid, 1984


disclosure: in the years 2002-2004 i had a professional relationship with a distributor of fitness videos; see profile.
bzar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-20-20, 03:33 PM  
cataddict
VF Supporter
 
cataddict's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Eastern VA
I don't have a recommendation, as I have an ancient Kenmore that I haven't used regularly since maybe the 90s. I dragged it out about 2 years ago to do some repair sewing and was so proud that I could load the thread and the bobbin from memory!!

suzannaerin, I want to give you props for doing this valuable work! I saw a news report that NOVA was looking for people to do this with the right material. Good for you!!
cataddict is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:43 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
© 2009 Video Fitness