I have $100 birthday money and need help making a decision on how best to use it. I haven't really any experience sewing. However I would like to start making cloth wipes and some stretchy and nonstretchy wrap carriers and eventually move on to clothing. I have an old sewing machine that was given to me by a family member (has sentimental value for them), not sure of the brand but it isn't a "popular" one I don't think, and I think it is made all out of metal. However it isn't working. Option A would be to get my old sewing machine fixed (possibly, haven't had that priced yet.) Option B would be to buy an older metal working sewing machine that possibly comes as a "lot" with many accessories from craigslist or ebay. Option C would be to buy a used serger, if I can find one that is within my price range. I'm not sure which would be best for what I'm wanting to do, though I realize that sergers and sewing machines have different functions.
Help me decide! :)
Happy Birthday! Is there a local place that repairs sewing machines? If so, I'd probably go there first and find out it can be fixed and get an estimate for fixing it. I had the option of getting an old non-working machine and it turned out the parts for it weren't made any more, so each part would need to custom-made! In terms of Options B and C, I think I'd chose based on what I wanted to do. I've made cloth wipes happily with a sewing machine, but I've never tried wraps. Hopefully some others with experience in making carriers can weigh in. Happy sewing!
Thank you! Yes, there are about 3 shops here that claim to do sewing machine repair but two of them might be brand specific? One says Singer and the other says Bernina and Brother on the windows I believe. I'm not sure how that works, but I thought about going and getting estimates and comparison shopping.
I would get the estimates and see what they have for used machines. I doubt you will find a serger for $100. I searched forever for a cheap good used one and the best I could find was $200- it is awesome though. But I wouldn't buy a serger without having a regular sewing machine first. You can do it all on a machine- but not on a serger. I would also avoid craigslist- my reason is simple. If you purchase at a sewing machine store (not JoAnns either) you will get such better service and will be able to call them to ask questions and they will give you a lesson on how to use it.