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Good budget sewing machine?

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chloehazel Tue 31-Oct-17 15:34:28

I love to sew and quilt as a hobby and currently planning to start selling my products on Etsy.
All my supplies are back in my home country, things that I accumulated through years and years and I am planning to take most of it back with me to the UK when I move back in January (Currently on an extended holiday back home).
Moving all the stuff won't be easy, especially considering it will be on top of moving most of my personal things. There are great moving companies but it's still bloody expensive.

My sewing machine is more than 15 years old, it works well and I love it. Even though I have zero problems with it, I feel like it would be unreasonable to expect that it will survive forever. (It's a privileg 1416 btw) I thought perhaps it would be a better idea to get a new one in the UK, as shipping this little beast would be half the price of a new one.

I'm looking for something relatively simple, it doesn't need to have a million functions at all. I would only sew light fabrics with it, no leather or anything, however sometimes with interfacings etc the layers I sew gather up to be quite thick. I would love to do the occasional bigger projects like bags etc with it, but mostly it would just be smaller, light items.

Is it unreasonable to be expecting something good quality for my demands for about 50-70 quid? I heard really good things about Lidl's Silvercrest, but I'm not sure if it's constantly available? Any experiences with machines that would suit me and work well? Thanks in advance!

BlackAmericanoNoSugar Tue 31-Oct-17 15:39:05

The John Lewis own brand basic machine (JL110, not the mini one) is a Janome and it good value for money. It's outside your budget at £109 but it's quite often in the sale at a good reduction, especially when they introduce new colours.

FluffySavage Tue 31-Oct-17 15:40:39

I bought an electric Singer sewing machine from Lidl for about £60. Works perfectly :-) it's full sized, has a few basic functions and because it's a brand name of it breaks it should be easy to fix. I think it was going for over £100 in hobbycraft.

tellitlikeitispls Tue 31-Oct-17 15:47:34

I have a brother rl425 as my backup machine. I'm not sure how much it is now but I bought it in an emergency from Tesco and it was less than £100. Little bit clunky because I'm used to a top of the range these days, but does the job, and handles thicknesses well (I make bags)

DameFanny Fri 10-Nov-17 18:44:27

If it's patchwork I'd be on gumtree for a vintage Singer - easy to get round this way for £50 or less, and makes a better stitch because they're mostly straight stitch only. Worth a look?

Greenicicle Wed 15-Nov-17 22:37:44

The singer one that aldi does a couple of times a year is great. My daughter has one and it embroiders and everything

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