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    i have replaced my brother sewing machine which had a metal chassis, to another brother sewing machine from argos but with a lighter chassis, it did cost only 140.00 but in comparison it doesnt seem as strong. i do run a small buisness and wonder what sewing machine will be worth investing in. i do have the space for an industrial . dont want to buy just yet, a bit later in the year. i want a nice straight stitch with the diagonal option.(i had to change sewing machines because i think i wore out the other one.

  • #2
    Hi Dee,

    Domestic machine recommendations vary from one person to another, but having worked with a janome for many many years, thats what I am happy with. I do have a very old singer industrial machine which is alot faster but still prefer my janome.

    I guess what I would do is find one of those nice sewing machine shops and try out a few under the tuition of the store owner. They are a mind of information, well worth talking to. Have a look in your yellow pages to find a sewing machine shop near you, they usually have machines there for you to sample stitiches on.

    Hope that helps

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    • #3
      thank you. you know i think ill have a afternoon off and have a good look . thank you

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      • #4
        Hi Dee

        If using a domestic machine I'd go for one with some weight - The cheaper, plastic machines bounch around and can't take the pressure on constant daily use.

        Have you considered buy a second hand machine? If you just want a lock stitch why don't you have a look on ebay or at your local sewing machine repair shop.

        Philip
        Have you registered your business yet?

        http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


        A MyDecozo Directory

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        • #5
          My local sewing machine shop is a haven! Its quite a distance from me , but has been there donkeys years. I remember going there with my mum and godmum who where both seamstresses and standing playing with the machines for ages while they pottered around the shop ( the dragged to Peter Jones for fabric patterns AGHHHHH!) so, they have a wealth of knowledge, service the sewing macihnes and refurb old ones and sell as reconditioned. These shops are sadly rare theses days but when you find one, oh boy, what a breath of fresh air! That would be my first port of call.

          AS Phillip says go for the heavier option, much better to work with

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          • #6
            I love my Brother Industrial machine. I bought it second hand 12 years ago from a friend's friend for £40 and it's the best! Goodness knows how old it is.In all that time it's never let me down once and can go through so many thicknesses of fabric. Only problem is it weighs a ton!!!

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            • #7
              I have a really old Brother,too. I bought it Barnardo's for £15, and lugged it home on the bus. Got halfway back from the busstop and had to phone my son as I couldn't walk any more. After de-linting and oiling it works a treat, taking any number of layers, and such an even stitch. I've a pair of others, a New Home which came for pennies from the man who pronounced my mother's Singer dead, and a Pfaff which was given to me by someone who thought it was cluttering up her house. Both are sturdy, and do some jobs better than others, one makes better buttonholes than the other, for example. So you really have to look around and see what's good at what you need it to do.
              As for the beloved treadle Singer, languishing upstairs...

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              • #8
                I treated myself to an all singing all dancin' Brother NX600 when I took redundancy and I love it. I've barely scratched the surface of what it can do in the two years I've had it, and buy myself a new foot for it every few months, to spread the cost.

                It's not got the "grunt" I need for some operations so I kept my much loved and very old enamelled iron (I presume) Necchi machine that I got from my Mum when I was a teenager. It would sew through concrete, that one. It's fine on standard lockstitch, but anything else I use the Brother.

                I do dressmaking as well as curtainmaking, so also have an overlocker (Elna 745) which is used just as much as the Brother.

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                • #9
                  Re: sewing machine

                  I bought a new Yamata industrial straight stitch machine via ebay nearly 2 years ago - twas about £250 ish. It's great for doing the linings and joining fabric widths and that's about it (oh and piping is not bad). For me it goes too fast and I just haven't been able to figure out how to make it start off slowly. I also break no end of needles when doing a reverse stitch, especially when doing pinch pleats and I'm hopeless at putting in zips with it. I also have an old domestic Bernia (at least 40 years old) which is a good old work horse, but I now find that's too slow! I like the sound of the Bernia 950, but at nearly £1,300, I think I'll have to think about it a bit more. The other problem I have with the Yamata is small size of the bobbin. I know I can be winding one whilst sewing, but the mechanism clicks off when the bobbin is only half full (guess I need to get the other half to put his manly brain to the problem ).

                  Mandy

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                  • #10
                    Re: sewing machine

                    Hi Mandy

                    I hope this doesn't sound like a silly question, but do you put both feet on your treadle? You'll have much more control of the machine if you do. I may be wrong but I think you can buy different motors to control speed also.

                    Philip
                    Have you registered your business yet?

                    http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


                    A MyDecozo Directory

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                    • #11
                      Re: sewing machine

                      Hi Philip,

                      No, I don't put both feet on the treadle - so that's where I've been going wrong . I'll go try and see if that makes any difference, thanks for the suggestion. And I didn't know about different speed motors - I'll get the other half to check that out for me.

                      Mandy

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                      • #12
                        Re: sewing machine

                        Mandy,
                        I think you can ask your engineer to slow down the motor as well - like Philip not sure how, but I think it can be done!
                        Pen
                        Kind regards
                        Pen Harrison
                        Colly Brook Fine Furnishings

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                        • #13
                          Re: sewing machine

                          Mandy you'll probably find having both feet on the treadle will give you more control over the speed. I REMEMBER!!! Adjust your treadle so you can only press down so far, this will stop you being able to put your foot down and go to fast. Adjust the tension screws from treadle to machine.

                          Philip
                          Have you registered your business yet?

                          http://www.ukcurtainmakers.co.uk


                          A MyDecozo Directory

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                          • #14
                            Re: sewing machine

                            Hi dee

                            I agree with the others you do need one with a bit of weight to it. I have a semi industrial Janome its a really good machine but i am still finding it hard to do triple pleat headings with thick fabric and interlined, its a real struggle. I found a web site Joys sewing machines (sorry cant do the the transfer link thingy!!!) any way they do hemmers and overlockers really cheap has any one bought one. I was going to give them a try what do you think.

                            Irene

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                            • #15
                              Re: sewing machine

                              Hi Pen, Philip and Irene

                              An engineer, now that's what I need . Instead, I've got the other half with an electronics degree who reckons he can fix anything, and usually can. I will pass on your suggestions to him and see what he can do, thank you.

                              Irene.... The Yamata I bought on ebay was from Joys. I also bought a 4 thread overlocker from them, having never had one before, and boy did I struggle with it at first. All the instructions are translated from Chinese, and in places are complete gobble d'gook. We did email Joys suggesting they sort out their instruction manuals, but I don't know if they are any better now than what they were sending out 2 years ago. When the machine and overlocker arrived, one of the motors was broken and it took about 6 weeks before they sent me a replacement. I remember I wasn't too happy with their after sales service, but put it down to having bought a cheap machine, and as they say, you only get what you pay for.

                              Mandy

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