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can anyone recommend a good value sewing machine for a novice?

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Slouchy Wed 06-Aug-08 13:13:57

Just had a go with my mum's ancient Jones machine (bought c 1969) which still just about works. I'd like to invest in a lighter, more user-friendly machine but

I don't want to pay too much
It needs to be piece of cake to operate
I will be mostly using it for bits of basic dressmaking, nothing too complex/fancy

Slouchy Wed 06-Aug-08 18:25:01


BettySpaghetti Wed 06-Aug-08 18:29:37

Hi there Slouchy. smile

I have a very basic Singer one -it does one type of stitch and goes forwards and backwards. Thats it.Do you mean that basic?

Its a very old Singer one that my Mum bought for me years ago as a serviced/reconditioned one from a sewing machine repairs bloke so it might be looking in your Yellow Pages to see if theres anyone in your area that repairs and sells machines.

A friend of mine bought one from Lidl recently for around £50-70 I think -it does a few fancy stitches too.

Slouchy Wed 06-Aug-08 18:56:00

Hiya - yes that basic; no buttonholes or anything (Zigzag might be good)

Ooh LIdl?will check it out

melpomene Wed 06-Aug-08 19:02:14

There was an article in the Family section of the Saturday Guardian a few weeks ago about basic sewing machines. It's probably online somewhere but I can't find it because I can't remember the columnist's name. She has an Italian name, something like Anna Barbarella. Maybe someone will be along who remembers and can find the article?

melpomene Wed 06-Aug-08 19:05:49

Just had one more attempt and I managed to find it: here. The article covers machines for children but she recommends a couple of simple full-size machines.

DartmoorMama Wed 06-Aug-08 19:09:42

I think machines that have bobbins that load from the top and lie flat are less problematic than front loading bobbins which are a bit fiddly. You end up trying to the tip machine back to get it in.

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