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One option would be to buy a traded in machine through a local dealer. They usually offer free lessons along with the purchase of the machine.
If you're buying a used machine, basic is good, I'd make sure it has zig-zag capablities, and possibly an automatic buttonhole function.
I have a Brother machine (a 6000-cxi or something like that, but they make many models that are similar) that has a speed control. So if you feel like you are unconfident at the machine and you don't want to accidentally push down on the pedal and have it run away with you (or you want to start your kids out on the machine) you can choose slow, medium, and fast speeds. So on slow, no matter how much you push on the pedal it won't sew faster than 1 stitch per second. I also like the drop-in bobbin that doesn't have to be threaded at all, you just drop it in and put the cover on and start sewing. Oh and the instructions on how to thread the machine are actually printed on the machine, so you never forget and it has a needle threader too.
Good to know! Thank you!
Do you recommend any of their machines?
Sabrina , mom to 4 fab kids!
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