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Brother LS2125 25-Stitch Function Free Arm Sewing Machine

A good starter machine for garment construction and mending, this sewing machine from Brother includes 25 built-in stitches. These range from zigzag to shell tuck to blind hem settings, and there's also an automatic four-step buttonhole function. In addition, a twin needle setting lets you sew a double line with two colors of thread for a smart decorative touch. The machine's design and features are straightforward and user-friendly, with some settings--stitch length and width--automatically set for simplified operation. It also sews in reverse and has dial-adjusted tension for tidy work. Sophisticated home tailors will find this machine too basic, but occasional and beginning sewers should get plenty of use from it and not much frustration.

Threading the machine is fairly simple, and winding the bobbin is speedy. The sewing machine's work surface switches from flat to free arm for cuffs and pant legs, and the interchangeable feet have a snap-on construction. An integrated storage area keeps extra feet, needles, and bobbins tidy. Built with a handle and a work light for ease and convenience, the sewing machine comes with a zipper foot, a buttonhole foot, a button-sewing foot, a set of needles, a twin needle, a set of bobbins, and a darning plate. Brother includes a 1-year warranty. --Emily Bedard

Singer 6038 46 Stitch Function Sewing Machine

When Isaac Singer invented his first sewing machine in Boston in 1850, little did he foresee the range of home machines available today. Model 6038 offers just the right amount of bells and whistles to satisfy advanced sewers but not scare away novices. Pleasingly rounded in form, the free-arm design machine offers 46 stitch functions, 19 of which are built-in, with stitch width and length selectors, push-button reverse, and an extra-wide zigzag capability (6 mm). Other conveniences include an automatic one-step buttonhole system, top drop-in bobbin, automatic needle threader and easy threading system, 3-position needle selector, and twin needle capability. Six snap-on presser feet are included: all-purpose, buttonhole, button, zipper, zigzag, and blind stitch hem. Accessories can be stored in the machine and include three bobbins, seven needles, quilting guide, screwdriver, lint brush, oil bottle, and various extra parts. The machine features a built-in sewing light and carry handle. In addition to the comprehensive owner’s manual, an instructional video is included which certainly makes learning the threads easier. Singer covers the sewing machine with a 25-year mechanical warranty and two-year electrical warranty. --Ann Bieri

Euro-Pro 7500XH Craft N'Sew

Offering 59 stitch functions and loads of features for ease, simplicity, and flexibility, this heavy-duty machine sews all fabrics, from multiple layers of denim to delicate silks. Features include a one-motion threading system with automatic tension; reverse sewing for locking seam ends and reinforcing stitches; adjustable stitch length and width; and an infinitely adjustable needle position for attaching zippers and top stitching.

Among the feet included is one for one-step automatic buttonholes. Others include overlock, satin stitch, blind hem, zipper, darning/embroidery, narrow rolled hem, quilting, cording, and gathering. The accessory package includes bobbins, needles, a seam ripper, and a hard carrying case. Ruggedly built with solid-metal mechanical parts and a metal frame inside a plastic housing, the machine has a sewing light, a built-in carrying handle, and a slide-out sewing table (which stores accessories) for free-arm sewing. Among the stitch functions the machine provides are double overlock, decorative, utility, and stretch stitches. An illustrated instruction booklet is included. The machine carries a 25-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack

Brother 1034D 3/4 Lay-In Thread Serger

Ideal for sewing decorative and finishing stitches on linens, formal wear, and stretchy fabric, this 3/4 serger from Brother includes 22 built-in stitch functions and interchangeable creative feet. Stitch functions include 3-thread overlock, 4-thread overlock, narrow hemming, rolled hemming, and ribbon lock. The machine can also be used to form gentle gathers, join laces, sew spaghetti straps, and create fabric flowers for formal gowns. Its color-coded set up is convenient, quick, and straightforward, and the foot pedal offers sensitive speed control. For added efficiency and precision, the machine includes stitch width control, outside differential feed control, lay-in threading, the F.A.S.T. lower looper threading system, and an easy-to-remove stitch finger for narrow or rolled edges. It calls for standard sewing machine needles, and its flat surface converts to free arm for pant hems and cuffs.

The serger comes with a full set of starter accessories, including a soft cover, a blind hem/multipurpose guide foot, a gathering foot, and a set of needles. A removable trim trap and a cleaning brush keep operation tidy. Additional feet are available separately for creating blind hem, pin tuck, and flat lock stitching. Brother includes a thorough instruction booklet with this model as well as CD-ROMs for operation tips and techniques. The machine carries a five-year limited warranty. --Emily Bedard

Brother LS1520 21-Stitch Function Free-Arm Sewing Machine with Automatic 4-Step Buttonholer

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Brother PE-400D Combination Sewing and Embroidery Machine

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Brother XL5700 57-Stitch Function Free Arm Sewing Machine

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Brother CS-8150 150 Stitch Function Computerized Free-Arm Sewing Machine

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Brother ES2000 77 Stitch Function Computerized Free Arm Sewing Machine

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Simplicity SSP200 Digital Quik Press

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SewPro SP-402 QuickStitch

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Euro-Pro 9105 New Computer Sewing Machine

Offering unlimited creativity, this programmable computerized machine makes sewing fun for both experts and novices. Getting started is surprisingly easy thanks to an excellent illustrated instruction booklet and convenient features such as automatic needle threading and adjustable thread tension, stitch length, and stitch width. An LCD screen keeps track of everything going on, touch-button controls make the machine simple to operate and program, and buttons select from the 40 stitches built into the machine. Creativity then becomes a snap to replicate, as the computer's memory is capable of storing 30 customized stitch patterns. The machine is practical as well as fun, providing three styles of one-step automatic buttonholes, for example, as well as a reverse button for locking seam ends and reinforcing stitches, a speed adjustment control, an option for automatically sewing three locking stitches at the end of a seam, and another option for stopping the needle above fabric (up position) or in the fabric (down position). Ruggedly built, the machine has a sewing light, a built-in carry handle, a slide-out sewing table (which stores accessories) for free-arm sewing, and comes with a hard carrying case. Also accompanying the machine are an accessory package including needles, bobbins, a seam ripper, a brush, and 12 feet (all-purpose, zipper, buttonhole, cording, overcasting, blind hem, hemmer, satin-stitch, quilting, darning/embroidery, gathering, and button sewing). The instruction booklet offers lots of useful tips on sewing as well as detailed explanations of when and how to use the various feet. The machine carries a 25-year warranty against defects. --Fred Brack

Brother XL5600 46-Stitch Function Free Arm Sewing Machine

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Simplicity SL390 Frontier Serger

Equipped with differential feed to gather fabric for ruffles and reduce stretching when sewing knits, this 4/3/2 thread serger can perform 23 stitch functions while stitching, trimming, and overcasting in a single operation. It's convenient, fast (up to 1,300 stitches per minute), reliable, and uses standard sewing-machine needles. Stitch functions available are the 3-thread overlock, the 3-thread wrapped-edge overlock, the 4-thread mock-safety stitch, flatlock, blindhem, and rolled hem. Conversion from normal overedging to rolled hemming can be accomplished with a simple change of the throat plate.

Color-coded threading, adjustable stitch width, adjustable stitch length, a stitch-length control dial, adjustable differential feed, presser-foot pressure adjustment, and tension-adjustment dials for all four threads offer exceptional flexibility and control. Simply open the side door to convert the machine for free-arm work. The machine has a built-in carrying handle and comes with a free blindhem foot, a free elastic application foot, a standard presser foot--all snap-ons. Also included are a coupon for three free Simplicity patterns, an instruction video, and a step-by-step instruction manual. It carries warranties against defects of the following lengths: 25 years on the case, 10 years on mechanical parts, and 5 years on electrical parts. There's also a one-year warranty on labor. --Fred Brack

Simplicity SA2400L American Quilter Sewing Machine

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Simplicity SWSP2 Sew Precious Sewing Machine with Free Bonus Simplicity Pattern

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Singer 611 Universal Carrying Case

Suitable for most free-arm and over-lock sewing machines, this rugged carrying case keeps a sewing machine dust-free and protected from accidental damage when it's not in use. The case is made of lightweight but impact-resistant plastic. Metal snaps securely lock the bottom to the top so you can lift the case with its comfortable, built-in handle without worrying about the case falling open. Not including the handle, the case measures 17-1/2 inches wide, 14 inches high, and 9-1/2 inches deep. --Fred Brack

Simplicity SA2200 Creative Spirit Plus 45-Stitch Function Sewing Machine

This heavy-duty, full-size sewing machine is capable of 45 stitch functions using 22 built-in stitches, has a drop-feed lever for monogramming and embroidery, and provides the convenience of one-motion 5-second threading. Features include a built-in needle threader; two retractable spool pins for twin-needle sewing; a reverse lever for neat seam ends; an electronic foot pedal for smooth speed control; easy declutching; adjustable stitch width and length; a stitch-selector dial for easy stitch selection; a one- step buttonholer; presser-foot pressure adjustment; and a sewing light. The machine has a built-in carrying handle and a free arm, for such tasks as shirt cuffs and quilting, that also serves as storage for a complete accessory package (spool holders, bobbins, needles for sewing different fabrics, and 10 presser feet). The 22 built-in stitches include zigzag, blind hem, stretch, overlock, and decorative satin stitches. Included are a step-by-step illustrated instruction manual and a coupon for three free Simplicity patterns.

Simplicity offers warranties against defects: 25 years on the case, 10 years on mechanical parts, and 5 years on electrical parts. There's also a one-year labor warranty.--Fred Brack

Brother 5300 Universal Sewing Machine Carrying Case

Structured to fit any free-arm sewing machine and most sergers, this Brother universal carrying case offers protection and easy transport for home sewing appliances. The two-part case is formed from durable hard plastic that is strong but lightweight, and the molded form adds extra protection. Hinged metal locks close the lid securely, and a built-in handle makes carrying easy. Great for taking sewing machines on the road or safe-keeping them when they are not in use, the case is made in the USA and measures 18 by 11-1/2 by 14 inches. --Emily Bedard

Euro-Pro 534 DX Serger with 6 Creative Feet and Soft Portable Case

Equipped with an automatic looper threader and built-in roll hemming and capable of differential feed to gather fabric for ruffles and reduce stretching when sewing knits, this 4/3/2 thread serger can perform numerous stitch functions while stitching, trimming, and overcasting in a single operation. It's simple to operate, fast (up to 1,300 stitches per minute), and uses standard sewing-machine needles. An electronic foot pedal permits smooth speed control, ensuring full needle penetration even at lowest speeds. Stitch functions available include 3-thread and 4-thread overlocks. Accompanying the machine are six creative, snap-on feet: bead/sequin, elastic, cording, taping, blind hem/lace, and shirring. Also included is a soft, zip-up storage/carrying case with handles. Color-coded threading, adjustable stitch width, adjustable stitch length, a stitch-length control dial, adjustable differential feed, presser-foot pressure adjustment, and tension-adjustment dials for all four threads offer exceptional flexibility and control. The machine also converts for free-arm work. It has a built-in fabric-waste container and accessory storage and comes with an accessory package that includes needles, tweezers, and a screwdriver. Exceptionally clear, illustrated instruction and how-to booklets come with the machine. This serger carries 15-year warranty against mechanical defects and a 2-year warranty against electrical defects. --Fred Brack

Simplicity SMC_BOX Smart Box Embroidery Transfer System

If you have an embroidery sewing machine, this Smart Box kit from Simplicity will greatly expand your design capabilities. After plugging the Smart Box directly into your computer and installing the software, the memory card will be ready to receive a variety of designs directly from your hard drive, floppy drive, or CD. The card is then inserted directly into the sewing machine. The Smart Box does not digitize clip art or graphic files ending in .bmp, .wmf, or .jpg; separate software (available from Simplicity) is required for that. If it all sounds confusing, don’t worry: the user guide walks you through each step of the process with clear instructions and illustrations. Computer requirements are: Pentium II processor, 16 MB RAM, CD-ROM drive, 5 MB of hard drive space, Windows 98 or above, an 800 X 600 display or better, and a USB port. The Smart Box is not Macintosh-compatible. The memory card works with the following machine models: BabyLock ESI/ESI2/EM1/EM2/eac/Ellageo 1/2/3; Bernina Deco 500/600; Brother PE150/100/200/300S/7500/ 8200/8500/6500, ULT/2002D; Simplicity SE1/SE2/SE3; White W3300. Free technical support is available. --Ann Bieri

Simplicity SE3 Embroidery System with Embroidery Card

With the help of an instruction video, a step-by-step manual, a built-in tutorial, and built-in answers to 18 help questions, this computerized embroidery-only machine makes it easy for even novices to add professional-quality embroidery to jeans, shirts, jackets, and linens. Capable of embroidering an area up to 4 square inches, the machine is programmed with hundreds of designs and thousands of combinations, including letters and numbers in three styles and various sizes, 120 design frames, 60 motifs, and 59 exclusive designs of 3-inch capital letters and patriotic, holiday, and floral motifs. All can be called up with the aid of an LCD touch screen. The machine makes it possible to create mirror-image designs, to rotate designs 90 degrees, to vary stitch density, to embroider in one or many colors, and to edit preloaded designs. The computer memory permits five freestyle designs to be saved permanently. Features include a top drop-in bobbin that's easy to put in, easy to take out, and easy to see and a built-in needle threader. Readouts on the LCD screen can be converted into 13 languages.

A bonus package accompanying the machine comprises a letters-and-numbers memory card with the most popular fonts to expand design choices, three hoops (small, medium, and large), embroidery scissors, and a coupon for three free Simplicity patterns. The machine has a built-in carrying handle. Simplicity offers warranties against defects: 25 years on the case, 10 years on mechanical parts, and 5 years on electrical parts. There's also a one-year labor warranty. --Fred Brack


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