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going to buy an iron and a sewing machine..what do i need to look for?

i ahve NEVER purchased either one fo these things! what do i need to look for?


Asked by sandraberke at 8:19 PM on Jan. 16, 2011 in Hobbies & Crafts

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  • What you pay for one depends on how much you plan on using it. You can get a basic sewing machine for around $100-$125 that has reverse, straight and zig zag stitches that you can adjust length of stitiches. For A first time I would not buy anything but a table top instead of a cabinet. Irons..pretty much the same thing. My regular iron I paid $70 years ago. It is a Rowenta and very nice. I iron with it all the time. I also have a separate steam iron that is professional grade. It was way more than $70 but again, I use it all the time. For occaisional ironing you should probably look for a moderate price around $20, a teflon soleplate unless you are positive you don't want one. Don't buy an iron you can use water with that has steam settings..there is no point otherwise. I hope this helps.

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 8:26 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • Can't* Don't buy an iron you CAN"T use water with..sorry

    Answer by GrnEyedGrandma at 8:28 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • I'm going to send you a message with the hand out that I give to my sewing students when they ask me how to shop for a sewing machine. As for the iron, I agree, Rowenta is my favorite...make sure you have steam, and I like it when they have automatic shut off, and are self cleaning.

    Happy Sewing.

    Answer by ohwrite at 12:49 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • well it depends on what you want from the items and how much you are willing to pay

    Answer by san78 at 6:46 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • I bought an inexpensive Singer sewing machine at Target. Less than $100 and has basic ability and very light weight.
    I have a Rowenta iron I got at Tuesday Morning, steam, spray and a great iron for $50.

    Answer by Librarylady60 at 7:17 AM on Jan. 17, 2011

  • just need to use my sewing machine tomake some pillows, and to make some dresses n skirt for my kids, iron will just be used to iron on apliques and letters to shirts. make hems and do my husbands acu's

    Comment by sandraberke (original poster) at 8:21 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • I have both of these things, but I don't know what to tell you so I will give you a bump.

    Answer by dancinintherain at 8:27 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

  • As far as sewing machines, I would look up different dealers in your area. Go in, ask questions, like if they have a trade in/up program, ask to try the machines that interest you. Then find the make/model that best suits your needs and price range. I paid $1400 for my Pfaff nearly 9 years ago. It is an excellent machine and I use it almost daily on week days.

    Answer by balagan_imma at 8:38 PM on Jan. 16, 2011

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