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Old 06-13-2011, 04:21
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Ok so I want to learn how to sew and am looking to buy a sewing machine but I don't really know much about them, I want to use it to hem my clothes as I am 5'0 and even the short jeans are to long I also want to use it for basic crafts such as making some curtains, pillow cases, dresses etc. I would really like something easy to use but that I won't outgrow in a couple years! I've been looking at the brother CS6000i Sew Advance Sew Affordable 60-Stitch Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine but have read some bad reviews on it. Anyone have any ideas or suggestions they are greatly appreciated!!!!

also I don't really want to spend over 200 on it (I'm a college student)
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Old 06-13-2011, 04:58
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That is the sewing machine I just bought a few months ago. I think it is a great machine for a beginner and more. As a beginner..it will do everything you need it to do and it is very user friendly and a great price!!
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:39
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You might consider going to an area machine dealer, Janome, Pfaff...and see what they have for machines that are display models or used machines that have been turned in for upgrades. A lot of dealers will let you trade in your old machine to go toward a newer one. Honestly, I've been sewing for 30 something years everything from little bags and pillowcases to wedding gowns and I don't have a machine with a ton of bells and whistles, you don't need them. The basic stitches are just fine for nearly everything. What I do have in my machine is a great repair guy (dealer) who is fair and honest. I've got a great quality machine that wont break down often and I can call if I ever have any questions and get them answered pretty quickly. Even Kenmore (sears) quality is good, they are actually made by Janome now. Test drive several machines before you just buy one off the shelf. You'll appreciate that later down the line. Have fun shopping!
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You might consider going to an area machine dealer, Janome, Pfaff...and see what they have for machines that are display models or used machines that have been turned in for upgrades. A lot of dealers will let you trade in your old machine to go toward a newer one. Honestly, I've been sewing for 30 something years everything from little bags and pillowcases to wedding gowns and I don't have a machine with a ton of bells and whistles, you don't need them. The basic stitches are just fine for nearly everything. What I do have in my machine is a great repair guy (dealer) who is fair and honest. I've got a great quality machine that wont break down often and I can call if I ever have any questions and get them answered pretty quickly. Even Kenmore (sears) quality is good, they are actually made by Janome now. Test drive several machines before you just buy one off the shelf. You'll appreciate that later down the line. Have fun shopping!
Thank you for your advice, That is a good idea, I'm about to be moving to a new town so I will have to check and see if I can find one in the area!
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:02
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That is the sewing machine I just bought a few months ago. I think it is a great machine for a beginner and more. As a beginner..it will do everything you need it to do and it is very user friendly and a great price!!

Good to hear it was the bestselling one on Amazon but it still had some negative reviews that made me a little bit nervous and since I don't know much about them I figured I should ask.
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