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  • Help me choose a sewing machine!

    Hi!
    I am planning on making mainly clothes and bags, and so need a sewing machine. I want reliability/durability above all else, with the sort of stitches I will need for clothes and bags.
    I don't really know about the best buttonholes or stitches I need (complete beginner lol) so I've been browsing and these look pretty good:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Brother-Comput...1%7C240%3A1318

    http://www.sewingmachine-sales.co.uk...chine-242.html

    (my budget is £200 max)

    What do you think? Is a LCD screen a good idea? Are the stitches provided all I will need?
    Lots of questions!
    Thanks for any help in advance :-)

    Find what you want to do and then do it with all your heart.



  • #2
    There is a small review of the innov-is here.
    http://www.thesewingforum.co.uk/showthread.php?t=9956

    Melanie

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    • #3
      Does anyone know anything about the Brother BC2100 machine?
      Thanks :-)

      Find what you want to do and then do it with all your heart.


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      • #4
        I bought a Brother ES2020 (very, very similar to the BC2100). I found it great at first, very easy to use and reliable, BUT it is light and walks across the table; struggles with thicker layers (ie denim) and when patching I struggle to get it keep to a 1/4" seam - it does wander a bit. I was using it so much I decided I needed something more robust and bought a Janome (£600 worth - you definitely get what you pay for!)
        The Innovis looks slightly better and the reviews confirm that - if you are going to be sewing regularly and with a variety of fabrics, it may be the better one. I'd also recommend this company:
        http://www.sewingmachines.co.uk/brothernv10a_info.htm
        They are superb to deal with, next day delivery and superb after sales service.
        Cathy xx
        http://folksy.com/shops/Cathy
        http://www.recycledbaglady.co.uk/
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        • #5
          Thanks!
          I have ruled out the bc2100, so it's a decision between the Innov-Is 10 A and the Janome 5018 here:
          http://www.sewingmachines.co.uk/Janome5018_info.htm

          Any more advice? (especially on the 5018)
          Thanks again!

          Find what you want to do and then do it with all your heart.


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          • #6
            I have the Brother BC2100 and I make bags on it. The one step automatic button holing is fabuous as I never could work out all the stages to go through with other machines. I think I have this machine for about 3 years now and it hasn't let me down yet. I use mine for bags, fabric dolls, patchwork and quilting and I also use it to sew through paper and card for my scrapbooking and I am very happy with it. Good Luck with finding the right machine
            www.mycalicoheart.co.uk
            www.mycalicoheart.blogspot.com
            www.mycalicoheart.misi.co.uk
            www.mycalicoheart.folksy.com

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            • #7
              I've just got a new one from Aldi. At 39.99 with three year guarantee, it's great value. It does single and double needle stitches and is a very solid machine. I had one from aldi afor about five years and was very pleased with it. This is a more sophisticated model than that.
              full time mum and very very part time crafter.

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              • #8
                The Janome looks similar to the one I have just bought, but without the bells and whistles (which you probably don't really need anyway!) It has all the stitches that you would need, including the same kind of buttonhole maker as the brother, but is heavier. Must admit I am loving the Janome - cuts through the fabric like butter and feels very solid! Is there anywhere local where you could go to try out the machines?
                Cathy xx
                http://folksy.com/shops/Cathy
                http://www.recycledbaglady.co.uk/
                http://owlfamilydiary.blogspot.com/
                I don't have a short attention span, I ... Ooh look, there's a chicken!

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                • #9
                  I don't know anywhere near me but I think I'd be too embarrassed to try because I haven't tried sewing for years and don't know much at all about sewing!

                  I'm leaning towards the Janome...but is 10kg too heavy? Would 6kg (the Brother one) be better?

                  Find what you want to do and then do it with all your heart.


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                  • #10
                    It depends on whether you are going to be carrying it around or moving it a lot. I would have thought a heavier one would be more stable and less likely to move while you are stitching.

                    Melanie

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                    • #11
                      The heavier one will be great if you are not taking it anywhere. If you are new to sewing though, it would be good to have alightweight one (you can always get another one later on, when you know more about what you want!). I used the lightweight Brother to take to patchwork classes and it was great. Classes or sewing clubs are a great resource - although I've been sewing for over 20 years, I still learnt lots of useful tips and tricks from the classes. Much quicker than learning by trial and error!
                      Cathy xx
                      http://folksy.com/shops/Cathy
                      http://www.recycledbaglady.co.uk/
                      http://owlfamilydiary.blogspot.com/
                      I don't have a short attention span, I ... Ooh look, there's a chicken!

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                      • #12
                        oooo exciting, I just bought the Innovis 10a!
                        I'll let you know how i get on
                        :-)

                        Find what you want to do and then do it with all your heart.


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                        • #13
                          Yay! Don't forget to show us your first project!
                          Cathy xx
                          http://folksy.com/shops/Cathy
                          http://www.recycledbaglady.co.uk/
                          http://owlfamilydiary.blogspot.com/
                          I don't have a short attention span, I ... Ooh look, there's a chicken!

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                          • #14
                            I won't!
                            I got phoned up today to say the sewing machine is not in stock until friday lol so I won't get it until tuesday/wednesday :-(
                            Ah well...as long as it's worth the wait

                            Find what you want to do and then do it with all your heart.


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                            • #15
                              Oooh, frustrating, but I'm sure it will be worth it!
                              Cathy xx
                              http://folksy.com/shops/Cathy
                              http://www.recycledbaglady.co.uk/
                              http://owlfamilydiary.blogspot.com/
                              I don't have a short attention span, I ... Ooh look, there's a chicken!

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