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    Default Advice for buying a sewing machine?

    I'm considering buying a sewing machine off of Kijiji but honestly I don't know a whole lot about sewing machines and I probably wouldn't know if it was a crappy machine or not.

    Any advice for how to make sure I don't get ripped off? Things to look for in a machine? - both features and things that would show me that a machine wasn't working properly, etc. I can't afford to buy a new machine right now or I would.

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    look for self threading and digital.
    the new funky ones aren't that expensive any more.
    I plan on eventually replacint my old clunker since my mother bought it when she was in 8th grade :P

    also look for digital stitch selection. and an easily removable foot.
    if you quilt some have attachable quit extenders that snap on and off.

    I would test it have them thread it and run a few stitches to make sure it works.
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    personally i'd steer clear of digital if it breaks = might as well by new :s

    and after several bad kijiji machines id save and buy new.

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    I would also stay away from digital due to the repair costs...that being said I have an old digital one that I got for free from a family member and I love it.

    I personally like the older models because they are heavier, which means they don't slide all over the table when you are sewing fast, and their parts are usually all metal which makes them last longer imo.

    for basic sewing you really don't need a whole bunch of stitch options, straight stitch and zig zag are pretty much all I use and I have 75 different stitches to choose from:S

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    depending on what you sew??
    if you are a heavy crafter I'd say it probably won't do the job...
    if you mend a pair of pants once a year then it would do that.
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    reading the reviews I would probably not get that one...no underlighting would suck! and sounds like it can't sew through more than 2 thin layers of fabric without clacking..that would drive me bananas since I sew a lot with decor weight fabric.

    it really comes down to what you are using it for and how often you are going to use it. I use mine daily so something like the one you posted would be toast in a couple months for me.

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    Yeah I'm planning to use it to repair DH's pants, sew some craft stuff, etc. It will get a lot of daily or at the very least weekly use.

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    I wouldn't buy digital either. I had one and had nothing but trouble. I got a decent Singer for $130 at Walmart

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