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Old 07-26-2006, 11:33 AM   #1  
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Question Hand-Held sewing machines?????

Has anybody found a hand-held sewing machine that they love? I would like to purchase one to do all the fun stitching that I've seen everywhere on my own projects! I would love to get all the feedback I can from all you wonderful ladies before buying one, though!

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Old 07-27-2006, 12:25 PM   #2  
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I would like to know too! I've never got one because I just *know* the thing's not going to actually work!
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I've only ever tried one - don't remember the brand - and it was terrible! So I went out & bought all kinds of thread for my regular sewing machine to match SU colors. How many cards have a stitched on? ZERO!
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I've never tried one, but I've heard bad things about them. I think I saw a news story about as seen on TV things and they said they don't really work.

They have some small machines on joann.com. You may want to go check those out and read the customer comments.
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I bought one and while I usually hate to use the word SUCK, there was no other words to describe it than....IT SUCKED!
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I went to JoAnn's website, and they had a LOT of really BAD reviews for their Sew Crafty, which was very inexpensive. That is what led me to ask here. If anyone has something positive to say about a good brand, I would like to hear it. I know Singer has one, has anyone tried that one?
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I love the Hello Kitty made by Janome. I got it about a month ago and it is so cute and sews really well. Here's the Target link
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I got the green machine.

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my daughter got a small table top (sew crafty, I believe) for Christmas and I played with it this last weekend. AWFUL. It just does not work well at all.
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I have heard nothing but bad stuff about the "sew crafty" one. It would be best if you could find a small one of the known sewing machine brands. I know it probably wont be hand held like you'd like, but it sure beats the heck out of all the frustrations.
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I'd definitely go to a thrift store or a sewing machine repair shop. You can usually get an old Singer for about $15-20 that would work fine on paper. I got DD one of those little "crafty" sewing machines at OddJob for $7. It works so to speak, but the thing was so loud, it scared the heck out of both of us! It also only has a straight stitch, and I've noticed the new trend in stitching is a zigzag.
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Worst $.50 cents ever!!! I got mine at a yard sale. It was still new looking in it's box. Yeah, no wonder. I used it a couple of times to see if I can get a hang of it and this thing SUCKS!!! Yeah my sewing machine might be bulky but it's sooooo smooth. Even an amateur like me can do straight lines and different stitches with no problem. So I'm sticking with my sewing machine that my hubby bought me for Christmas. Plus if I don't use it, he'd be on me for the rest of my life since it wasn't the most inexpensive I told him I just need a basic one for scrapbooking and maybe other things.
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Hi Gina,

What about using the white singlo pen for faux stitching or the markers for any color "thread" you desire. You can do regular straight stitching or blanket stitching- it looks more realistic if you use the mat pack too.

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Hi Gina,

What about using the white singlo pen for faux stitching or the markers for any color "thread" you desire. You can do regular straight stitching or blanket stitching- it looks more realistic if you use the mat pack too.

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Thanks Tasha, I have been doing the faux stitching for a while now, I just wanted to try the 'actual stitching', too.

A friend of mine actually just told me about her hand-held that she likes a lot, she even uses it for hemming pants, and doing 'real sewing jobs'. I am going to borrow it and try it out, and I will let everyone know how it works and what kind it is if it's as good as she says it is.
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If I did buy one I wouldn't know how to use it, lol. Last time I used any kind of sewing machine was in 8th grade Home Ec class & I can't bear to tell you how many years ago that was!!!

I'll stick with the faux stitching!
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