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I just recently started school for Fashion Design (sewing & patternmaking) and will be purchasing an industrial sewing machine, so I can continue my course work at home... and of course continue making clothes once I'm finished school.  I have NO idea what kind to get.  My budget is between $1k - $2k. 


I think a classmate said Juki sewing machines are good - any opinions on that?

Should I get computerized? Pros/cons?


Any help is greatly appreciated because I'm completely in the dark here.  :)



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Hi Shela, I love industrial machines and I've used singer, brother,and juki and in my opinion they all are on the same level. Sometimes it's all in the name like if you were to pick Hellmanns mayonnaise over kraft, that sort of thing.

You should know that all industrial machines are very fast so you should always work at a slow pace in the beginning. I would suggest since you're sewing at home that you get a vintage machine. I have one that has been passed down from my grandmother and it works like a charm. Also most vintage machines come with a built on table and this can be very helpful when you're working with oversize fabrics.

I will admit though that I am a singer girl and I love everything singer.

Now about computerized machines......... I used to work for a friend that is a handbag designer and she had a computerized brother machine and the only thing I found odd about it was that it had a tendency to pause it's self for the smallest thing. And that sort of thing can be very annoying.

Side note: You should probably start of simple by buying a basic home machine only  because they are easier to work with and they  will have service centers you can bring it to in case your machine has a problem. Hope this helps!


- Achalla


since you said that you've just started school..and are undecided upon which machine to get..

start with a good simple basic machine that will work for right now.

when your sewing it will , as you advance in techniques..then you can go to another level of machine.

i've only used Singer sewing machines..and my very first one was still in my book..the fastest machine i ever worked with.

the singer i have at the moment is not nearly as fast as that original one was.. the 21 years i have used it...i have never had one problem..and it still works like new.





In that price range you can't go wrong with any brand- Juki/Singer/ Pfaff...they are all good. Computerized = costs-not just what you are getting but for repairs too. Basic is always good and as your needs change so can your machine.


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