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My mom is going to buy me a sewing machine for my birthday and she wants to spend around $100. I'm just learning how to sew and need something pretty basic. Does anyone have any suggestions as to some good cheap machines and also some to stay away from. She saw a New Home on sale for $99, down from $129. (model HF106) Does that sound like a good one?<br><br>
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I have a brother machine from walmart that I like pretty well. It has about 14 different stitches and is super easy to use! I think it's a great starter machine, mine cost around $120 or so....<br><br>
It's a brother 1530
 

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Personally I'd go for the newhome (it's at hancocks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> ). I have a lower end model newhome and it really is nice for a beginner (saving it to teach my kids on it). New Home is made by Janome which is one of the better brands to get machines from. The only thing I dont' like is that it's not a drop in bobbin and it's a 4 step button holer (but if you've never had a machine, that's not a big issue), but other than that it's really an ideal begginers machine. NOW the New HOme HF 3000 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> is a SWEEEEEEEET machine if it's as nice as my Craft Master 5000 (which is the updated version and both still made by Janome). I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE this machine, it sews very quiet, smooth, drop in bobbin, 1 step button holer, helps me figure out the tension, and I can go on and on and on <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> but if your mom is only going to spend 100 ( don't look a gift horse in the mouth) and not 500 <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> I think she'll be doing just fine with the New Home HF106. Best of luck, Reese
 
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