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.
There is also a Singer model 247 that I'm considering, another metal machine. Any thoughts on that one? Thanks!
There is also this Singer 401A that was purchased at an auction and needs the piece that covers the bobbin. I think I should be able to find that part fairly easily? http://nh.craigslist.org/hsh/3397933410.html