Originally Posted by mommaluv321
OK, so I must have the oldest sewing machine here! Mine is an OLD singer, the king that is attached to it's own table. I checked the singer site and it said that it was made in the 50's!
NOPE! Mine is older, I have a 1938 Singer, it was my Grandmothers, I got it when she passed on. It at one time was a treadle machine, and I have the manual that advertises the "new" motor and light--sew at night and rest your legs-- too funny! That motor was put on, and the machine works like a champ! It is very reliable, but only goes forward and back, oh well.
I also have a 1991 Singer serger that my aunt gave me. And I just decided to buy the Husqvarna-Viking prelude 360, 3 weeks ago.
I perfer to sew for my own pleasure, and do a lot of quilting, so in buying any sewing machine it is best to buy what you are going to use it for. All metal moving parts are definately a PLUS! And if you go cheap, you will regret it! I talked to a woman who worked at Wal-Mart and was a seamstress as well, who made wedding dresses, and she said even if you do moderate sewing you will run down a $150 Wal-Mart machine within two years. But for the occasional hemming, and decorative stuff, it should be fine, but if you plan on using it more than once every few weeks, get a better machine.
So far I LOVE the viking, especially after using a single stitch 60 yr old machine for 15 years!
Good luck and happy sewing machine buying---Oh btw, most stores will let you take a machine for a test run before you buy!