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Old 06-15-2007, 07:38 AM   #1
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Hi. Until now the closest I've come to sewing on my cards and scrapbook pages is faux stitching. But now I'm ready to try the real thing. I've never "sewn" before , so I'm looking for something relatively inexpensive, but reliable and easy to use. Any suggestions?

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Old 06-17-2007, 07:36 PM   #2
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Me too! just doing a search on this very topic and would love to know what is the best not a "fancy material type sewing machine" to get !
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Old 06-17-2007, 10:00 PM   #3
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Check out Cambria's blog. She is not a sewer, and recently got a small machine called the Janome Sew Mini and just loves it. She has been sewing up a storm on lots of cute cards.

http://cambriaturnbow.blogspot.com/
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Old 06-18-2007, 05:47 AM   #4
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You also might want to check any thrift stores or Goodwill store in your area. I have seen decent (but older) machines for less than $10.
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Old 06-18-2007, 09:10 AM   #5
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:05 AM   #6
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I LOVE my Kenmore Mini Ultra! I got it at Sears last year (on sale) for about 60 bucks. I know that may seem like a lot (especially if you're just going to use it for paper projects like me - no seamstress here! LOL) but the benefit is that it has a FULL SIZED, heavy duty motor, whereas most of the smaller "crafting' machines do not. So I feel confident that it will last a LONG time. However, the motor is housed in a compact casing, so it's a lot smaller and lighter than regular machines. I am VERY pleased with it! HTH
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Whatever you do please do not buy a Sew Crafty.
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I was going to say the same thing! I DIDN'T get one thanks to the ladies on SCS & their experiences. I went to Hancock Fabric to get a Sew Mini (Janome), but they had a basic machine that was clearanced (also Janome), and since I also wanted it for real sewing, I got that one for about $20 more than the Sew Mini. I have a Viking that was top of the line about 30 years ago. I got it used for my 16th birthday, but it's finally had it's better days, so had to get a new one. Funny thing, I've yet to sew paper! LOL!
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I was going to say the same thing! I DIDN'T get one thanks to the ladies on SCS & their experiences. I went to Hancock Fabric to get a Sew Mini (Janome), but they had a basic machine that was clearanced (also Janome), and since I also wanted it for real sewing, I got that one for about $20 more than the Sew Mini. I have a Viking that was top of the line about 30 years ago. I got it used for my 16th birthday, but it's finally had it's better days, so had to get a new one. Funny thing, I've yet to sew paper! LOL!

I looked online at Kenmore but their mini is $89.00 right now. Can't do it.
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I haven't used the Janome Sew Mini, but I have another Janome sewing machine and I love it. They make very nice products, generally speaking, and they seem to be very quality oriented, so I would think the Mini would be a nice value for the money. The Gem model is perfect for a first-time sewer who wants a portable option - too expensive if you're just going to use it for paper crafts, but it really is a great little machine.

I have an old Kenmore that is wonderfully reliable, and that's my paper craft sewing machine. I grew up in a family of seamstresses, so everyone in my family has multiple sewing machines! I know that may seem odd, but they have a lot of different purposes.

By the way, if you're sewing with paper, you need to dedicate a sewing needle for paper products rather than also try to use the same needle on fabric. Paper is very harsh and it will cause the needle to snag in fabric. I use my old fabric needles for paper, which allows me to "recycle" them. Hooray!

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I just ordered the Janome Mini from Hancock Fabric for $39. I didn't want to use my good machine for paper. I also got free shipping thanks to Cambria. Just had to type in Welcome at checkout to get it.
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Ok I am totally sewing inept. I have a sew mini which stinks. It is too light and moves when the paper moves sometimes.

So here are my questions:

1. with the jenome, how do you start/stop it?
2. is the 5 lb weight an issue

Bear in mind I can not make knots at all. I can put buttons on a shirt but can not do knots to keep them on the shirt. I just stink at it. I want to sew so but but totally suck.

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Bump...and mine is a sew crafty not a sew mini.
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I agree with the ladies above, Don't buy the really cheap little mini's from a craft store. You are way better off to buy an old Singer or something from a consignment store. I have a Janome and I use it for quilting and sewing on cards. I love that it has good power and will sew very straight.....My 2 cents.
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