Can you help me out?

Monday, November 1, 2010

I have lots of projects that I've been waiting to tackle for our house. Just to name a few; curtains for the living room, a throw pillow (or two) for our master bedroom, and a bathroom shower curtain. I also got this awesome book for my birthday that has tons of pretty craft ideas but a lot of them involve sewing. The problem is, I don't have a sewing machine. And my hand sewing skills...well, let's just say they leave something to be desired. This is where I'm hoping you can help me.

I've been looking at sewing machines online and at JoAnn's but just feel like I don't know what's what. I don't want to spend a lot of cash-ola so I've been trying to limit my search to around $100. Here's a few machines I've been peeping:

This is the Brother 25-stitch XL-2600i. It seems nice. And less than $100. Woot woot! Pretty good reviews too.

There is also the Brother 50-stitch Limited Edition. This has excellent reviews and is a Project Runway Limited Edition machine which makes me feel like it's fancy. It's pricey though. I'm also not sure about 50-stitches. Is that really necessary? This might be a bit too fancy for little ol' me.

The last one I found that seemed reasonable was the Brother 10-stitch. The reviews are a little lower than the other machines and it has less stitches BUT it's the cheapest. So, I guess you get what you pay for huh?!

I looked at some Singer brand machines but it seems like the ones in my price range weren't getting very good reviews. But I'm a total newbie when it comes to sewing machines so I'd would MAJORLY appreciate any input you might have. I'd really like to get a machine soon because I'm chopping at the bit to start making stuff! So please please please with sugar on top leave me a comment with some helpful hints. I'll be forever greatful. Maybe I'll make you some pajama pants. Apparently that's how you learn to sew, by making jammies. :)

*Pictures from Wal-Mart and


  1. Oh I wish I could help you choose, but I have the WORST luck when using a sewing machine. Im mean just awful!! My sweetie bought me one awhile ago and I desperatley wanted to use it in our brand new house....but alas, I cannot even thread the obbin correctly!! I love your dear blog and am your newest follower :0)

  2. I took a sewing class like 2 weeks ago at Joann's. I thought it was good because you can try the sewing machines out and get a professional opinion. What I learned: if you are just starting out, a 99 dollar one is going to be plenty for you. The teacher didn't even know how to use the fancy designs. I suggest taking the sewing 101... it was like 35 dollars. Hope that helps :)

  3. I was looking for a sewing machine too and considering that Brother 10-stitch since it was the most affordable in our area. It has been a long time since I used a machine but the one that I had when I was in highschool was a second hand (can't even remember the brand) that was from Japan. No manual, no service center. I learned by tinkering and after few months know how it work (i'm around 13y/o that time). Unless you will be doing some complicated sewing like jeans and bags, this one will do,on my opinion. {sorry, long post}


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