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yelenots | 18:56 Sun 18th Mar 2012 | Shopping
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I'm thinking of replacing my 30 year old Singer Machine as its started to play up! (I'm having trouble with the tension!)
Can anyone recommend one, either a Singer or Brother? Just a basic one that doesnt do anything fancy apart from reverse and zigzag! It will be mainly used for home furnishings.
Thanks!

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I have a silvercrest 1 from Aldi or lidl was £60, not that i'm an expert but I can use it OK, done curtains - trouser hems & other odd items, had fun getting the tension about right at first.
yes I am a man - why should women have all the fun -lol
20:08 Sun 18th Mar 2012
Good reviews (and cheap!):
http://tinyurl.com/8262e6c
My OH swears by her Bernina.
I had a Brother for many years and it served me very well. Buying a new machine is always a bind. The first week I thought I wouldn't get used to it, but after that it felt like I had never used any other. Good luck.
I bought a new machine last year.It is a Brother, and I got it from www.sewingmachines.co.uk they were efficient and very helpful, and I got loads of freebies with my order. I would use them again if I needed to. Hope you find what you are looking for!
Do you have a sale room near you?
I go to a household auction every month and decent electric sewing machines go for less than £5. I bought one for one of my sisters for £1!
I have a silvercrest 1 from Aldi or lidl was £60, not that i'm an expert but I can use it OK, done curtains - trouser hems & other odd items, had fun getting the tension about right at first.
yes I am a man - why should women have all the fun -lol
I've got a Brother, basic but fine.
Depends how much you are prepared to pay but 'sewing machines online' sells what they call 'seconds' or 'reburbished' at a huge discount. They are in fact brand new and still have the factory seals which would have to be removed to use them. I think that this is to get round the fact that they are undercutting other suppliers against their contract with the manufacturer.
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Thank you for your replies :-)
Best of all was always Elna. Swiss engineering is best, but failing swiss, go for Bernina.
Or borrow the latest "which" guide from your local public Library
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Thank you for all your advice - I ended up buying a Singer machine from a online company on Sunday! It has just arrived this morning & I'm more than pleased with it! Although it was advertised as a 'ex display' its actually brand new! I got big discount and some free scissors, cant wait to start sewing :-)

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