I'm looking to buy a sewing machine so that I can learn to sew. I've heard wonderful things about the newer vintage Singers, like models 401, 403 & 500, machines that are built to last but that can do more than the straight stitch earlier Singers are limited to. I'm having a difficult time locating those models locally. I have come across some, but I'm not sure if they're what I'm looking for and I was hoping to find someone who might know a little about them. One is the Singer zig zag model 418 that has been in one family since it was purchased new in the early 70s. http://nh.craigslist.org/for/3405784605.html I don't know, though, if this model does only the straight stitch. Also, it's a little newer than I was told to look for. The machine is still metal, though, and seems built to last. How does the 418 compare to the 401 & 500?
There's another one that was made in 1948, according to the serial number. I'll see if I can get a picture later.
One reason I like the older machines in the cabinets is because I can put the machine away easily, have my own space to work & don't have a sewing table otherwise, although I suppose I could get one.
This was also recommended to me. Obviously, it's a new Singer. Thoughts? http://www.amazon.com/SINGER-7256-70-Stitch-Computerized-Instructional/dp/B005HR1JMO/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&colid=V9X08F3SRZCY&coliid=I1FEAACPSOIW7Z
Any advice on the 418 or otherwise? I do need a machine that will be easy for a beginner.
I may have more questions later. Thanks so much!
ETA: It might be helpful if I share the types of things I plan to sew: children's stuffed toys, simple doll clothes, felt play food, cloth diapers, cloth wipes, cloth sandwich baggies, curtains, mending, etc. I don't plan to make a lot of clothes, at least not to start out, although I may experiment with repurposing some items.