My mum has said she wants to get me one. I have used her Brother machine for various projects, but am in no way proficient.
I'm thinking of taking a class to help me to stop swearing at it become more adept. Probably shouldn't be too spendy as it's not my money. I have a pipe dream of making children's clothes and selling them online.
Sorry Halle but you need to be careful with sewing machines direct, there was a thread on here a while back & there have been some horror stories.
& Yes I LOVE my vintage machines, I too have several & I also have a new state of the art one - that was used once & barely survived being thrown out of the window as it despite being a recommended brand at the time it drove me nuts & just doesn't work well at speed or with tricky sewing such as bridal wear - I do love a Bernina though & really regret getting rid of my old industrial when I was an employed designer so not really using it & could get anything I needed sewing done via work - now I'm back to self employed & sewing a lot of my own I REALLY wish I still had it
Ok. Clarified budget. £150. I reckon £200 at the absolute outside.
Going to go to JL next weekend and have a play. BUT if anyone is bored enough to want to join this game, if you were me, what (if any) Bernina would you get from what's currently on eBay? Mum said that they are indeed very good...
Can I play if I recommend something other than a Bernina? I used a range of them at our local dealer and at sewing class (oh and owned a serger) and didn't like them so didn't look any more.
Hmm, when the budget was 250 I was going to suggest this... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pfaff-1222E-Heavy-Duty-Sewing-Machine-Pre-Owned-SERVICED-WARRANTY-/330875075953?pt=UK_CraftsCollect_SewingMachines_RL&hash=item4d09b0fd71
Pfaffs have dual feed which is built in walking foot which is like magic, especially for quilting but is great for other types of sewing. Unlike a regular walking foot it works with normal feet too. I had one of these machines and only sold it to repair a newer pfaff.
There is another listed for fifty but has six days to run http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Pfaff-1222-Electronic-sewing-machine-/140927949586?pt=UK_CraftsCollect_SewingMachines_RL&hash=item20cff5db12
I would ask the seller some careful questions about how it sews and if there are any problems but would be really tempted by this http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-HUSQVARNA-VIKING-6000-Sweden-Sewing-Embroidery-Machine-in-Case-JAN202-/251227054085?pt=UK_CraftsCollect_SewingMachines_RL&hash=item3a7e4ca005
maybe one of these, no free arm but really easy to maintain and really heavy duty. Great sewers. http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Singer-401G-sewing-machine-heavy-duty-excellent-condition-/271168867640?pt=UK_CraftsCollect_SewingMachines_RL&hash=item3f22ec8d38
(the 400 series is basically the same as my 500 series but with different styling)