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Help me choose a new sewing machine!

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Chocolateporridge Sat 19-Oct-13 07:59:05

My lovely DH is buying me a new sewing machine for our anniversary and I have NO idea what to go for. I've only ever had second hand unreliable ones, so this time I want a VERY reliable, non-temperamental machine. I've always fancied an overlocker, too, but I don't know if you can use an overlocker for just basic sewing too?

I have a budget of around £200 and its not going to be used for anything heavy really, as I don't have lots of spare time.

Any recommendations?

LetsFaceTheMusicAndDance Sat 19-Oct-13 22:29:34

I know nothing about overlockers sorry but Pfaff are reliable. I'm still using my mum's and it must be 30 years ld, never been serviced and sees a lot of action.

I'd get a heavier machine as the lighter ones dance across the table. For £200 I'd get a good second hand one and have it serviced.

patchworkchick Sun 20-Oct-13 13:24:55

Janome overlocker is brilliant, very easy to use and reliable. I'd also suggest a Janome sewing machine too, good quality and value for money.

roguepixie Sun 20-Oct-13 13:31:39

I have a Janome. I got mine from John Lewis and they state that they are their best sellers and, for the person I spoke to, very reliable. In her 15 years in that dept/store she had never seen one returned!

The advantage is that there are models in every price range and the accessories are easy to get hold of.

Chocolateporridge Sun 20-Oct-13 14:23:56

Oh thanks very much! Seems like a Janome is the way to go then. So, can I use an overlocker for normal sewing too, or is it only for fancy hems, elastic etc?

patchworkchick Sun 20-Oct-13 17:44:21

I use mine to overlock seams, hems, it can gather and does give a good finish. I use it for dressmaking, not essential but useful.

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