Zoely, I am not sure if anyone else in the world would agree with me, but I love my old Singer 15-30. It isn't quite antique yet, but it is a treadle.
Anyway it is just a suggestion. You could get an electric (or treadle, lol) Singer '50s or earlier, especially any 15 model for between 25$ and 100$. Imo it is way better than any of the 400$ and below modern plastic machines I've used.
Actuallu I saw a lot of industrials for reasonable prices while searching for my newer 15. (eBay and craigslist.)
I don't have one but I use it at my work..
It's really great.. and goes smoothly
And what we noticed is that the stitches are actually quite stronger and harder to remove than other machines (I use a Janome Memory Craft 6000 at home)
Only thing is that the pedal is pretty sensitive
I like being able to stitch slowly on my Janome
While reading this thread I am a little confused on what machine to choose! I do plan on having fashion as my career, however, because of funds should I just splurge on an industrial machine or a machine with various functions?
My dad won me a Bernina off the radio about 3-4 years ago.. they are great sewing machines but extremely expensive (Mine retailed at $1300 when it came out, i think its $669 now), I have no clue as to why they are worth that much but it can definitely take a beating, there is nothing fancy or may i say really 'digital' about the one I own. Nevertheless its still a great sewing machine.
I was just looking at a machine a few days ago that I think would be great. It's a Singer Heavy Duty Professional Sewing Machine. Right now they have it on URBN and HSN. It can sew though 12 layers of denim! It seems like it'd be the right fusion of industrial and home sewing machine. It's gotten great reviews and it's pretty reasonably priced. I'm thinking about switching to this machine.
I am thinking to buy industrial sewing machine for home purposes. Does anyone know which brand and model is good?
I already have portable singer (used) that is constantly braking and I definitely want industrial. In design school students use Juki and they are really good! But I don't know what model... I'd like to be able to sew thick fabrics (leather, denim etc) and I don't need super fancy features - probably something relatively basic will do it.
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Haha, seriously. I use my mom's old Brother sewing machine from the 80's and it still works great. A lot of the newer models seem to be made from cheaper materials to make them lightweight and portable but aren't as sturdy. If you have an aunt or someone older who you know sews, ask to have theirs.