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Can someone kindly recommend a sewing machine for small repair jobs and simple 'projects'? So something not very complicated or high-tech but still easy to use.
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Re: Sewing machine

I have a Brother DS-140 which is great, but it doesn't seem to be available anymore, but check out Brother entry level computerised machines.
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Re: Sewing machine

I'm an 'old school' sewer... or maybe I should just say old.

Anyway, when my trusty 30+ year old Singer developed a tension problem and I could not find anyone in Switzerland who could do repairs for less than the cost of five new machines, I started looking for another 'simple' machine. Simple as in I generally only use forward, back, and zigzag stitches, as well as an automatic buttonholer.

I settled on a Husqvarna.

I bought it at Fust, and I seem to remember that it was somewhere around CHF 150. I can't remember if that was a normal price, or a sale price.

And it does exactly what I want. There are a number of other stitch options, but I haven't even got around to reading the manual, as I really just do simple sewing. I'm currently making face masks, re-covering sofa cushions, making curtains, the odd repair - so nothing complicated. I haven't tried any serious sewing or tailoring yet, but as far as I can see the Husqvarna should be up to the task. Or as up to the task as I am these days.

My only, and quite minor, complaint is that the foot pedal feels a bit light - but I am comparing today's plastics to the metal parts of yesteryear.

Good luck with your search.
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Re: Sewing machine

I've had sewn for a couple of decades and used long term: Veritas, Singer, Toyota, Husq, Pfaff, Bernina and Brother. Have to say that for me no 1 is Bernina and Toyota would be right after. Prefer simple, non-computerized machines since the repaires are less hustle.

My Singer was a foot pedal beauty but I don't think anyone would want to use it anymore.
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Re: Sewing machine

If you do not need it urgently, Lidl and Aldi have often Singers on sale. Not the fanciest ones but they do the job well.
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My Singer was a foot pedal beauty but I don't think anyone would want to use it anymore.
As in, foot-powered?

Those old cast iron treadmill machines were genuine works of art. My grandmother's early edition Singer sure gave one a work-out, though.

I learned to sew on my mother's 1950s Necchi - another heavy metal beast with it's own sewing table. It had a brilliant innovation: a knee lever rather than foot pedal. I wish those were still made today...
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Yes. I used to write homework on it, the machine folded inside its table. I would paddle to focus. Then one day I opened it and started sewing . I was the best, sewing through leather, tripple fold jeans fabric, all. Panzerfaust. It got me hooked on the machine oil smell, too.

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I learned to sew on my mother's 1950s Necchi - another heavy metal beast with it's own sewing table. It had a brilliant innovation: a knee lever rather than foot pedal. I wish those were still made today...
I've never seen the knee lever but hand powered ones looked cool.

Husquarna is great, usually, I think it is genuinely considered no.1. Mine had a faulty engine, though, which happens. The old Husqs are really neat.

I can't seem to appreciate the pc ones, though I know I will get the hang of it. I guess I like old, repearable cars and old simple sewing machines. I'd like to get an overlock one of these days but they use such excess of threads, I will not justify it in my head. It's not like we need an infinite number of bikinis or leggins.
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... It had a brilliant innovation: a knee lever rather than foot pedal. I wish those were still made today...
My mom's Berninas always had knee levers, even her newest "sewing computer". Shame I didn't inherit her sewing skills.
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