Not sure what I want to do really. I've always been handy with a needle (do a lot of am dram so used to sewing up costumes) but never really used a machine and want to start altering and making my own clothes. Hadn't really thought about curtains but MIL has a machine which I know could do these if I needed to .
mmm does it do enough do you think? Is there anything missing that I might need for dressmaking??
Am not the world's greatest expert on fancy sewing machines, as I'm still using a 1960s East German one inherited from one of my aunts.
IME, all you need for making clothes is a machine that stitches forwards, backwards and zigzag. You want to be able to adjust the size of the stitch as well, but most machines should offer that. I can never quite see the point of all the fancy stitches and programmes.
The one on the website has quite a lot of features for the price, which always makes me a bit twitchy. Some of Tchibo's stuff is quite good (their grobags and kids' socks), but I'm never convinced by the electricals. I was eyeing up a waffle iron recently, but finally concluded it was a bit rattly and tinny, and not particularly cheap. Because it won't be well-known brand, you might have trouble getting it fixed when it goes wrong.
FWIW, if I was looking for an entry-level sewing machine, I'd get a decent second-hand version of a well-known brand from someone who could show me how it worked (maybe through Loot, or other small ad) and use that until I knew for sure what I really needed.
Beginner with a machine, but I hand stitch and repair stuff at the moment.
Used to run up my own 'clothes' in the dijm and distant gothic days of my teens/early twenties so I don't think I'll get bored. Actually, I'm looking forward to forcing myself to do something for me for a change. And I might get clothes that fit out of it!!! B***r the housework!!!
I would have thought so. Argos's lowest priced machine is £89, which isn't that much more, while their cheapest one from brother (which is a reputable make) is £99.
If you have a sewing machine shop near you, they might have 2nd hand ones for sale. They tend to be run by mad individuals who are a mine of useful information. Might be worth a look if you can find one near you.