We are trialing a dedicated East Dulwich COVID-19 Area on the forum here - please keep it useful.

Forum Sponsors

http://avakitchens.co.uk

www.takeflightacademy.co.uk

www.stevenvaughan.co.uk

Advertise here

The East Dulwich Forum
The Bishop, The EDT, The Great Exhibition, the Actress or another?
messageSewing machines
Posted by Yak 02 June, 2014 09:07

Help

1. I was banned from taking GCSE textiles for breaking the one and only electronic sewing machine our school had

2. I am not particularly creative or dexterous (see 1 above) but I like making crafty things which are 80% good 20% crap such as aprons, drawstring rucksacks, purses etc

3. So far I have got by thanks to wonder webbing and some pretty dodgy hand sewing but I now want to do things with stretch fabric and thicker fabrics

So am I mad to even consider getting a sewing machine? I could probably stretch budget wise to about 100 or a little bit more. If I were to get one, what make / model do the wise people of the family room suggest? And aside from the machine itself, what other accessories do you need to make the thing work?

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by KVT 02 June, 2014 09:56

I bought a sewing machine last year and it is one of the best purchases I have ever made! I was pretty terrible at textiles at school and was forever getting the machine in a tangle but I think the machines these days are much more user friendly and hard to break.

I spent 120 on mine (John Lewis own brand) and it does everything I need it to do and more. I have made curtains and cushions and even some clothes for my baby. You can get a basic one for sub 100, but it seemed to me that if you can stretch to 120/130, you get a lot more machine for the extra 20. You might be able to get a bargain in the summer sales maybe?

Good makes are Jenome ( who also make theJL own brand I think) , Singer and Brother. The woman in John Lewis Oxford Street was extremely knowledgeable and helpful when I was looking for mine.

They normally come with everything you need to sew basic things. You might want to buy some extra bobbins, and a zipper foot if you are going to do any dress making. Hope this helps!

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by ladyruskin 02 June, 2014 11:27

I second Janome as a brand having just invested one myself. The one I got is slightly out of your budget but you could probaly find a second hand one on ebay (or even on here!). Like KVT, I think they make the John Lewis own-brand machines too.

The John Lewis website has a guide to buying sewing machines on it and the sewing machine listings can be filtered according to budget and level of skill, so it might be worth having a look on there. I found it very useful.
[www.johnlewis.com]

Another option may be to hire one to try it out? This site has a list of places which hire out sewing machines, although I don't know how up to date the list is:
[www.thegoodwardrobe.com]

Regarding accessories, most machines will come with everything you need for basic sewing but as KVT said you may need to buy a few extra bobbins and a zipper foot, depending on what you are planning on sewing.

Hope this helps.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by Polly D 02 June, 2014 12:43

Another vote for Janome. And agree re buying from John Lewis, really helpful.
You are welcome to come round and have a go on mine on a Friday or a weekend.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by klove 02 June, 2014 18:57

Try getting a second hand Bernina 1008, they're really hardy, built like a tank and really easy to use. You can get them on eBay but might then need a service (60). Could still be over your budget but they are worth the investment and will last you forever.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by ludoscotts 02 June, 2014 20:51

klove Wrote:
-------------------------------------------------------
> Try getting a second hand Bernina 1008, they're
> really hardy, built like a tank and really easy to
> use. You can get them on eBay but might then need
> a service (60). Could still be over your budget
> but they are worth the investment and will last
> you forever.

Hi do you know anywhere local that does services?

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by nunheadmum 02 June, 2014 22:12

Isn't there a sewing machine repair shop in Peckham - just past the Nigel Road turn off, heading towards the station. He isn't often open but there is a sign with a phone number or saying, drop in a message or similar.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by ClareC 02 June, 2014 22:42

Ludoscotts recommended Bernina to me.

They are so solid they are near impossible to break. I managed to get on second hand on ebay, it's very easy to use and seems bomb proof.

They hold their value well so you may need to shop around.

Ludoscotts, there is a chap here that services Bernina's, come and visit smiling smiley

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by Polly D 03 June, 2014 13:35

Pretty sure that sewing machine place off Nigel Road (Taggs?) has gone now.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by cashewnut 03 June, 2014 14:18

There's a proper sewing machine shop in Deptford. I'm sure they do services.

[www.sewingmachinesuk.co.uk]

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by bkkmei 03 June, 2014 14:22

Yes, I bought my overlocker from the shop in Deptford and they have a range of machines and are happy for you to have a go. Also they sell ex-display models at slightly cheaper price.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by newtoedf 03 June, 2014 22:00

Taggs is still there and still working but I think it is just him so the best thing I've found is to phone and arrange a time to drop the machine off. I had an old singer serviced there recently for 30.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by Yak 05 June, 2014 08:51

Thanks everyone for the feedback. Sounds like things have improved since the days of the sewing disasters of the early 90s, so I think I'll go for it.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by nunhead_man 05 June, 2014 11:07

I've got a virtually unused Janome Electric Sewing machine for sale - an old friend barely used - New Home Janone Model JA1508 if you are interested

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by hanstands 11 September, 2014 00:23

Might anyone have an overlocker you'd like to sell on please? Or can recommend a good secondhand one to buy? Many thanks HXx

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by lizajane 09 August, 2017 11:44

Helpful Thread about sewing machines.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was 2017:08:19:07:38:45 by lizajane.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by EPB 13 August, 2017 08:36

You can take your machine to Really Maria (next to Sweaty Betty on Lordship Lane) and they will have it serviced/mended for you.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by Alex_Hugh April 18, 09:29PM

For beginners, brother LS14 is the best sewing machine because it is easy to use than most of the sewing machines. However, it lacks dial to adjust stitch length. But this is not a problem as the machine comes with 14 different size built-in stitches.

messageRe: Sewing machines
Posted by Mariamadeit April 30, 05:34PM

I can recommend the Lidl overlocker if you can get one, a fraction of the price of other machines on the market and for home sewing it does what I want it to do.


Back to top of page
Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
Donate                   Terms of use                  Help & FAQs                   Advertise               RSS rss feed               Copyright 2006 - 2018 East Dulwich Forum