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#1 casper1675

Posted 04 July 2017 - 07:12 PM

I'm in the market for a new sewing machine. I have an old jamonie and i think I spend more time fixing it then sewing lately.
Can someone tell  me the pros and cons of mechanical vs computerised machines? Ive never used a computerised one but I worry about what will happen if it needs repairing (Im  assuming its not as easy to fix at home) as attractive as all the bells and whistles are is it worth it for just a home sewer?
I really just  use it for making clothes and some general repairs.

#2 SukieTawdry

Posted 04 July 2017 - 07:26 PM

Very little experience. I have a mechanical one, as all I need it for is straight stitching. Why complicate your life by getting something you don't really need?

#3 wombats

Posted 04 July 2017 - 07:57 PM

I've had a computerised Bernina for about 15 years and it hasn't skipped a beat. I'd suggest going to an independent sewing shop and asking their advice, explain what you are wanting to do etc.

#4 AnotherFeral

Posted 05 July 2017 - 12:59 AM

IMO computerised anything have limited lives, even high end machines. Which is fine if you sew a lot - you will get your value from it before something unfixable happens, e.g. motherboard dies after 10 years and new parts are no longer available. If you don't sew often, I think mechanicals are better value.

#5 cvbn

Posted 05 July 2017 - 08:40 AM

I sew a lot, mostly clothes and mending. I sew on a 40 year old Bernina. I had a flash new one and I didn't get on with it so the store bought it back and I took a credit (life time supply of thread and services)
I found my computerised one 'refused at the post' it would not sew anything thick and was very fussy with button holes.

Allmake in Adelaide will let you try the machines before you buy, they have a big range of second hand and are so helpful.

Ask around, you may have a friend that wants to get rid of one. I get offered them all the time.

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