|A few people told me -emphatically told me- not to buy a sewing machine from Walmart. But I was lured by the price (and saved by their return policy!)|
Singer Fashion Mate - available from Walmart Canada for approximately $195 plus taxes. I bought it and three days later returned it. My issue: it could not make a buttonhole through medium-weight cotton.
- Top drop-in bobbin with clear cover provides for quicker threading
- 70 built-in stitches - 8 essential, 8 stretch, 48 decorative and 6 buttonholes
- 100 stitch functions
- 6 fully automatic 1-step buttonholes
Notes: I loved the features and it seemed like a great machine until I tired to make a buttonhole. Then I knew it was not for me...See my review of this machine on Walmart.ca
Stubborn me, I returned to Walmart and bought the Brother CE8080 which had numerous favourable reviews on amazon.com and Walmart.com
I had previously owned a cheap Brother before and was reluctant to buy another. But when the Singer didn't work out, I decided to give it a try.
This picture is from Amazon.com but it is the same Brother CE 8080 that I purchased and owned for one day from Walmart Canada. It has some really great reviews on Walmart.com and Amazon.com. I found it to be very rickety and I knew, almost immediately, that it was not the machine for me....My review on Walmart is the second one listed here.
So I took the advice of all my sewing friends, both online and not, who said to check out refurbished models from sewing stores. I did and I was so surprised. What wonderful machines they have available with warrenties and lessons. I was all set to buy one when....
I found my dream machine from a woman who was retiring from sewing on Kijiji. I got it for $275 and it is a dream..........
|This is the Kenmore 19005 which is one model older then the one they sell right now...but my original machine was a Kenmore and it works beautifully. I can also still buy a protection plan...|
SO, I set out to spend $150 - $200 on a cheap machine to tide me over until I had the money together for a really good machine and I ended up with
Now, back to the Hollyburn skirt I was making.....