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Lidl's silvercrest sewing machine?

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JenLindleyShitMom Sat 17-Sep-16 20:11:44

I'm in the market for a machine. I'm a beginner so I have no idea what I worth the money and what isn't. I saw one in Lidl's brochure for £59.99. It's silvercrest which my dad tells me is Lidl's own electrical brand.

Does anyone have any knowledge of them or could recommend a not too pricey machine for me please?

JenLindleyShitMom Mon 19-Sep-16 15:40:23

Bumping.

RatherBeIndoors Tue 20-Sep-16 10:38:01

I have no experience of Lidl machines, but have had years decades of reliable use from a very basic Janome model. I finally upgraded to a fancy version fairly recently, but the old one is still running. May be worth looking at their basic range?

You will probably need a machine that does: straight stitch, zigzag stitch, forward and back, and buttonholes (almost all machines will but it's something to look at). Your machine should come with a standard foot, buttonhole foot and zipper foot. It may come with more but those are the ones you'll really need. Some bobbins are top-loading, some are front-loading - with top-loading it's slightly easier to see whether you've threaded it correctly but there's not much different IMO.

If there's a sewing shop anywhere near you, they should let you go and try a few different ones out to see which suits you. It's also good to get to know them as that's where you'd probably get it serviced! Good luck, and I hope you have lots of fun with whichever one you go for smile

ClaudiaApfelstrudel Tue 20-Sep-16 10:39:45

yes I bought one of these for my daughter - I'm no expert sower but for what I used it for it works very well and I'm extremely pleased with it. I've bought cheap sewing machines before that were awful, but this one is a good buy!

JenLindleyShitMom Tue 20-Sep-16 11:39:46

Thanks both! I think I'll go for the silvercrest and see how I get on.

DorisDay88 Thu 21-Sep-17 12:22:29

Bumping as I can see these are on sale again from Sunday and I'm very tempted!
Has anyone got any experience of these machines please?

DorisDay88 Sat 23-Sep-17 07:01:21

Anyone?

Mum2OneTeen Sat 23-Sep-17 07:50:08

I can second the recommendation from a PP for a Janome. I bought their basic model when pregnant with DD nearly 18 years ago and it hasn't missed a beat. In fact, I'm always amazed that it continues to keep on working.

I made many of her clothes when she was younger as well as being the costume maker for my DDs classes in primary school and also for a youth physical theatre company of which she is a member. So in other words, it has been a real workhorse making literally hundreds of costumes, hundreds of dolls' clothes, as well as curtains and so forth.

Cannot comment on Lidl as they aren't in this country.

Good luck, it's great having access to a sewing machine.

Lifesastitch Sat 23-Sep-17 07:53:58

Just don’t, they are UTTER CRAP. If you want a sewing machine check out GUmtree, fridayad, freeads etc and buy an older second hand metal bodied sewing machine, you may get an absolute bargain for about £30. The build and quality of these machines is far superior and if anything goes wrong they can actually be serviced or repaired unlike the Lidl/Shabbycraft etc ones that end up in the bin. You may be attracted by the 4567 different stitches that this machine will offer but you will actually only use straight stitch and zigzag.
Reliable brands include Bernina, Elna, Pfaff, Janome, Viking, Husquarvna. If you want a review of any sewing machines check out the US website PatternReview and there’s a review of just about every sewing machine under the sun.

LadyPenelope68 Sat 23-Sep-17 08:06:26

I have one and it's brilliant! Would highly recommend it.

BensonBunny Sat 23-Sep-17 10:11:07

I bought the Singer Lidl also sell occasionally a couple of months ago and it’s great. It’s metal bodied and has all the features I needed (automatic buttonhole, needle threader, free arm). I only had a quick glance at the Silvercrest machine but it looks pretty similar to the Singer, it may be the same model rebranded by them? I’m hoping they have the overlocker in soon.

DorisDay88 Sun 24-Sep-17 16:16:09

Thanks all for your replies - lots of mixed comments so still hmm but thank you again

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