Need a recommendation for a low cost sewing machine for quilting
As a boy I worked in "Grandma's quilting sweatshop"...LOL..I cut pieces out and hand stitched pieces together.
Looking at some of those quilts again, I have the urge to make some of my own...I have done upholstery sewing for may years with my Riccar rotary machine. It is shot. The straight stitch was ugly from day one, but it worked well, very few jams or breaks. The slight offset was acceptable.
I taught my daughter to sew and bought her a Janome about 10 years ago, again not a real pretty stitch, but ok for general purpose use.
I like the look of Bernina stitches, but find the machines out of my budget. I had a stroke and don't get out much to compare machines anymore. Do any of the "budget" machine makers have a good looking straight stitch now?
Your question brought a smile to my face today.
My mother was a dressmaker and worked from home before working from home was 'cool'. I'd sit on the opposite side from her as she sewed. My job was to snip the threads from the pieces as she sewed them together. I picked up a really nasty habit though...when I'm deeply involved in sewing, I hold my tongue between my lips to the side...JUST
like she did!
I'm going to put this question out to my readers. I've been lucky enough to have higher end machines and can't make a personal recommendation. You can find some reader-submitted thoughts and experiences on the Sewing Machine Review
page. Links to the reviews are found towards the bottom of that page.
Readers, if you're using a lower cost sewing machine, please let us know if you'd recommend it for Mark and why. Also, if you've purchased a used machine, would you recommend that as a way to reduce the cost to get a more heavily featured machine. Thank you for your assistance, I certainly appreciate it!
P.S. Big Kudos to you for teaching your daughter to sew!