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Sewing machine for 12 yo
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Posted 21 December 2016 - 02:19 PM
Looking for machine for DD she is 12 yo she has been using an old one we have so has sewed a little.
What machine or price or brand would b best??
Is a $99 one ok while she is learning or is it better to pay more?? Any specific models you could recommend?
And where to buy from? Spotlight??
Posted 21 December 2016 - 02:37 PM
I like Janome. There's a reason it's one of the most popular brands. My mum has owned one forever, it's not a fancy one, it just works. I just got mine this year (had a Singer before that, which was fine but it had a toddler/table incident and wasn't fine any more) and am very happy with it. Mechanical machines are much cheaper than computerised and perfectly adequate for a learner. The biggest difference at higher price points will be better build quality and the ability to deal with tougher fabrics.
I wouldn't buy from Spotlight. I don't think they even sell Janome. You get better service at a smaller store and some of them even offer a free lesson to show all the functions of the machine. You will find the prices are competitive too.
Posted 21 December 2016 - 09:13 PM
I bought my 10yo a vintage (~1950s) Singer. It's a collectible model with quite a lot of features and all metal so very durable. It was $95 including a service to get it running smoothly. DD is really happy with it, but I did do some research on vintage machines for quite a while first.
If you'd rather a newer machine, I agree that mechanical Janomes are great. Make sure it has adjustable needle position. Speed control is really nice for beginners though not strictly necessary.
Go to a local Janome dealer and see what they can offer you. Usually they'll stock other brands too - Bernina and Pfaff are good but more $$$, but sometimes they will have used/reconditioned machines on offer. Personally I think a high quality second hand machine in good shape is better value than a new cheap machine, but preference comes into it too.
Posted 21 December 2016 - 09:27 PM
I have the very basic Janome machine - I think it was around the $150-199 mark. I've had it for about 10 years and it's been serviced once and is still going strong. It does everything I need as a novice sewer and for round the house projects. I don't need anything fancier.
Posted 21 December 2016 - 09:38 PM
Basic Janome is the way to go. I learnt on an antique singer but then had my mum's old late 70s Janome and it was fantastic and did everything I needed until it died in 2008. I took it to a little old man who repairs sewing machines from his garage but even he couldn't get it going again, but after 30 years I reckon that's ok.
Posted 21 December 2016 - 10:06 PM
My mum has had her Janome for over 30 years and bought be a Janome for my 21st, which I've never had a problem with.
How funny is this. I got (half) a sewing machine for my 21st, pretty much the bottom end, price wise. 1973, $99
Another 21st birthday Janome here! It was 1981 and it is still trundling away beautifully. Had it serviced for the first time 4 years ago. I wish sewing machines had odometers on them!
Posted 21 December 2016 - 10:36 PM
At least some of the computerised ones have stitch counters, but I doubt the motherboards or other delicate parts would last 35 years!
I wish sewing machines had odometers on them!
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