- Oct 4, 2018 at 7:37 pm #3558399
Paul SBPL Member
For the past few years I have wanted to learn to sew, so that I can do some mods on our gear (tents), and make some stuff from scratch that we can’t find on the market.
Considering all the $$ I’ve spent on tents, clothing, sleeping bag, boots, etc, the cost of the sewing machine seems small. Been looking at this one (below), what do you folks think?Oct 4, 2018 at 11:43 pm #3558441
John DallasBPL Member
This may be a good machine. What I would recommend is going to a sewing machine repair shop that sells used sewing machines. You can get a equal or better quality machine for half the price. They often will do sewing machine lessons at the shop as part of the sell price or for a reasonable amount. You now have someone you can ask or consult with on projects.Oct 5, 2018 at 10:46 am #3558493
@rcaffinLocale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
I think this is a free-arm machine? If you take the end cover off you can slide a sleeve over the frame? I would always aim for a free-arm machine rather than a flat-bed one.
But the option of a good second-hand machine should be explored. Many people buy expensive machines and then never use them.
CheersOct 5, 2018 at 11:26 am #3558495
James MarcoBPL Member
@jamesdmarcoLocale: Finger Lakes
It looks like a good basic machine. I believe we have a Husqvarna. I would echo Rogers statements. My wife does most of my actual sewing, I just do the design, lay out and cutting. (She also does quilting.) If you make even three tarps, that machine pays for itself. Of course, you can also make packs, tents, bags, etc…and, do general sewing repairs on your gear. UL gear always needs something…Oct 9, 2018 at 3:42 am #3559057
Patrick PBPL Member
Call a local high school. Sewing is no longer taught and the teachers have them collecting dust on a store room. That’s how I got my main machine. I think it’s a viking and it’s a tank.Oct 16, 2018 at 10:15 pm #3560127
Taylor LBPL Member
Having tried most of the models from the leading manufacturers, my pick is this one, hands down:
I have semi-abused it for years and it has been great.
If you go to a sewing store you can try some out. However, the ones in my area don’t seem to carry Brother machines.
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