Which machine is better??

@Ravenladyj (22937)
United States
September 1, 2007 8:59am CST
so as many of you know I'm looking to buy a sewing machine and I've already asked you what you feel is a better brand but something struck me today....I've ALWAYS had a manual machine...never one of these electronic types....For those of you who've used both styles which do you prefer? Are these programable/electronic type machines better than your regular turn the dial types or no? Which would you recommend??
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6 responses
• United States
21 Nov 11
well my absolute favorite kind of sewing maching is the old timey ones where you have the foot pedal i used one once a long time ago and it was so much fun but they are almost impossable to find now a days but i think that my second favorite kind of sewing machine is a manual one i am a very traditional type of sewing person so i am not the biggest fan of the more modern electronic types but that is just your opinion i think the older ones would be more durable considering how poorly and cheaply machines are made now a days but i think the newer ones would be easier to get parts for
@Bev1986 (1427)
• United States
27 Nov 07
I'm looking for a new one as well... I was just planning to get a Singer or Brother, but I've had several people tell me that I should get a Janome instead. They have a great reputation and are very comparable in price to the others. I've never had one of the electronic ones, but I sure would love one! Good luck to you!
@ccyap003 (28)
• Malaysia
19 Sep 07
Dear Reven, I have been dealing with Garment manufacturing for about 20 years. For heavy workload like purely straight cut sewing for 6-10 hours daily, suggest using the manual type. The turn the dial type or electronic type is only suitable for low workload like 1 or 2 pair of sewing per day. As for me, no matter what brand you use, even branded machine, from my experience, electronic type cannot withstand the heavy workload. For industrial use, solely get a specific make for a specific function of a brnaded type of machine.
• United States
5 Sep 07
I personally feel that the choice depends on how much you sew and what you want to do. I had an electronic one when I was married to my first husband and I did so much sewing that I burned the computerized motor out and it was so expensive to fix it (almost as much as a new one). I could not afford to fix it so I had to pick up just a simple machine (actually had one given to me). I miss that electronic machine.
• United States
3 Sep 07
I have two machines. One is a Janome that I used for basic sewing and I love it for quilting as well. It is pretty heavy duty. My second machine is a Brother Embroidery Machine which is a great little embroidery machine (it is a lower end, less expensive model with pretty limited embroidery sizes). I don't love it so much as a regulary sewing machine but I get some great decorative stitching with it. I am saving up for a machine than can replace both and do all functions well if such a machine exists. Happy hunting!
@sunshinecup (7881)
1 Sep 07
Well while I have never had one of those that you program, I still think the regular one is the best pick for me. One they cost less and two I don't really sew that much to really need all those settings. My friend went out bought one the first year and only year she made her child's Halloween costume, she never used anything pass the basic stitch, LOL. That was also her last time in using. I make costumes and curtains an do fine with a regular electric sewing machine I have never had a need for wanting more. Now being I don't sew that much, I have a limit on what these new ones could offer as far as other projects such as making clothes or other things. So my advice is, judge whether or not you need more than what a normal machine offers. Ok hope something I just rambled off helps. LOL