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I also spent some time this week looking at a computerized sewing machine - nothing expensive. I am attracted to the ease of making buttonholes on these machines. My machine - a Kenmore from the 70s - makes beautiful buttonholes but I find making them long and tedious. I need something quick so that it doesn't hold up my projects....
Sewaholic recently had a long discussion about this....I read the post at the time but I re-read it yesterday looking for information and tips from the discussion. Basically, the popular advice was this:
1) buy from a sewing dealer rather than a box store
2) go for quality rather than bells and whistles that may not work with time...
3) Don't buy in the US or from a US website because we have different models in Canada and the companies will not honour the warrenties....
And to all the readers of that post - I put away $15 /week into my expensive sewing machine fund and I plan to buy a $1000 sewing machine in a year or so...but right now, I need a cheap - read little money - sewing machine to get me through things like buttonholes....
What do I want?
A basic computerized machine that does buttonholes in one-step.
Where to buy?
Believe it or not, you can buy a sewing machine anywhere. I bought a 1970s version last year from Kijiji for $50. I had it tuned up and it works fine. I just want an alternate one to use for things like buttonhole-making....The buttonholes on my machine are beautiful but take forever. And the one-step deals with computerized ones sound soooo great.
I looked at the Singer Fashion Mate, among others (available for $178 from Walmart.ca)
It has metal gears, and interior frame and 70 stitches. On the Walmart.com site, there are 53 commenter's who average a 4+ rating. It also comes with five different presser feet.
There is also the Canadian Tire stores. They have a singer on their website but I've heard their is a Sharp one too.