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There are retro patterns being reproduced now.
Retro Butterick | Butterick Patterns. There are others as well.
JoAnn’s Fabric has classes for the beginner.

I had a sewing machine like this for years...




Then I got a fancy Brother sewing machine and hate it. I miss my old sewing machine!
I want to find old sewing patterns and create something from them. But I have to learn how to sew.
No thanks, I'll stick with Laughing Moon for the best authentic patterns
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Yeah, there are several out there.
That was for drifter. ;)
There are retro patterns being reproduced now.
Retro Butterick | Butterick Patterns. There are others as well.
JoAnn’s Fabric has classes for the beginner.

I had a sewing machine like this for years...




Then I got a fancy Brother sewing machine and hate it. I miss my old sewing machine!
I want to find old sewing patterns and create something from them. But I have to learn how to sew.
No thanks, I'll stick with Laughing Moon for the best authentic patterns
Laughing Moon Mercantile
 
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Looks too lightweight to sew canvas
New Singers are not the workhorses of old
It's sad. Appliances used to be made last and they could actually be repaired if necessary. I have a KitchenAid mixmaster that mr. boe bought for me 25 years ago. It still works great. My sister bought a new one three years ago, and it's already broken. She can't get it repaired - it's made to be disposable. Same thing with sewing machines, imo.
There are still some well made sewing machines made today
My wife has a couple of Berninas that are great but cost big bucks

Yes, the models still made in Switzerland are excellent - but very expensive. Don't buy the cheapo ones made in Thailand.
 

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You'd be better off finding a used ELNA or Bernina from the 70s or 80s if you can find one in excellent condition. They have all metal parts instead of the cheap plastic in modern machines.
The one I have right now works for my needs, heck I've even sewn leather (fairly light weight, 3-4 oz) without any problems. Now if I was making this stuff for a living I'd fork out the big bucks but I'm not but I will probably upgrade to a Singer 4411 somewhere down the road.
The 4411 I have heard great things about. You can get it new for $139 on Amazon.
 

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One thing I love about Singers is that most every stitching problem can be corrected with a good cleaning of the bobbin area. That and getting it serviced about once a year.
 
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You'd be better off finding a used ELNA or Bernina from the 70s or 80s if you can find one in excellent condition. They have all metal parts instead of the cheap plastic in modern machines.
The one I have right now works for my needs, heck I've even sewn leather (fairly light weight, 3-4 oz) without any problems. Now if I was making this stuff for a living I'd fork out the big bucks but I'm not but I will probably upgrade to a Singer 4411 somewhere down the road.
The 4411 I have heard great things about. You can get it new for $139 on Amazon.
It's supposed to be the best (cheap) heavy duty non-commercial machine on the market. When I bought the Start my disposable income was very limited, that has changed but with the Start doing everything I need it to do for now there's no need to upgrade at this point.
Still getting my home "office"/work room put together after the move, put the sewing table (and old Ikea drafting table) up and unpacked the machine. Have to put my frock coat back together, finish a vest I've been working on and make my 1850s pants and/or maybe some fall front trousers.
Here's the last mid 1800s wool vest I made.

 

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Nice job!
I have a drafting table in my sewing room, as well. When I do sew, it is invaluable.
You'd be better off finding a used ELNA or Bernina from the 70s or 80s if you can find one in excellent condition. They have all metal parts instead of the cheap plastic in modern machines.
The one I have right now works for my needs, heck I've even sewn leather (fairly light weight, 3-4 oz) without any problems. Now if I was making this stuff for a living I'd fork out the big bucks but I'm not but I will probably upgrade to a Singer 4411 somewhere down the road.
The 4411 I have heard great things about. You can get it new for $139 on Amazon.
It's supposed to be the best (cheap) heavy duty non-commercial machine on the market. When I bought the Start my disposable income was very limited, that has changed but with the Start doing everything I need it to do for now there's no need to upgrade at this point.
Still getting my home "office"/work room put together after the move, put the sewing table (and old Ikea drafting table) up and unpacked the machine. Have to put my frock coat back together, finish a vest I've been working on and make my 1850s pants and/or maybe some fall front trousers.
Here's the last mid 1800s wool vest I made.

 
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Nice job!
I have a drafting table in my sewing room, as well. When I do sew, it is invaluable.
You'd be better off finding a used ELNA or Bernina from the 70s or 80s if you can find one in excellent condition. They have all metal parts instead of the cheap plastic in modern machines.
The one I have right now works for my needs, heck I've even sewn leather (fairly light weight, 3-4 oz) without any problems. Now if I was making this stuff for a living I'd fork out the big bucks but I'm not but I will probably upgrade to a Singer 4411 somewhere down the road.
The 4411 I have heard great things about. You can get it new for $139 on Amazon.
It's supposed to be the best (cheap) heavy duty non-commercial machine on the market. When I bought the Start my disposable income was very limited, that has changed but with the Start doing everything I need it to do for now there's no need to upgrade at this point.
Still getting my home "office"/work room put together after the move, put the sewing table (and old Ikea drafting table) up and unpacked the machine. Have to put my frock coat back together, finish a vest I've been working on and make my 1850s pants and/or maybe some fall front trousers.
Here's the last mid 1800s wool vest I made.

Unfortunately now that we're in a smaller house the only place I can set up my huge old dinner table is in the garage. It's bigger than the drafting table and is great for layout and cutting pieces. Think of a frock "skirt" as a midi that starts at the natural waist, some were even longer.
 

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Yep, for those large pieces, it’s tough. We don’t have a traditional rectangular dining table, and for some things so wished I did, just for sewing! :/
Nice job!
I have a drafting table in my sewing room, as well. When I do sew, it is invaluable.
You'd be better off finding a used ELNA or Bernina from the 70s or 80s if you can find one in excellent condition. They have all metal parts instead of the cheap plastic in modern machines.
The one I have right now works for my needs, heck I've even sewn leather (fairly light weight, 3-4 oz) without any problems. Now if I was making this stuff for a living I'd fork out the big bucks but I'm not but I will probably upgrade to a Singer 4411 somewhere down the road.
The 4411 I have heard great things about. You can get it new for $139 on Amazon.
It's supposed to be the best (cheap) heavy duty non-commercial machine on the market. When I bought the Start my disposable income was very limited, that has changed but with the Start doing everything I need it to do for now there's no need to upgrade at this point.
Still getting my home "office"/work room put together after the move, put the sewing table (and old Ikea drafting table) up and unpacked the machine. Have to put my frock coat back together, finish a vest I've been working on and make my 1850s pants and/or maybe some fall front trousers.
Here's the last mid 1800s wool vest I made.

Unfortunately now that we're in a smaller house the only place I can set up my huge old dinner table is in the garage. It's bigger than the drafting table and is great for layout and cutting pieces. Think of a frock "skirt" as a midi that starts at the natural waist, some were even longer.
 
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Yep, for those large pieces, it’s tough. We don’t have a traditional rectangular dining table, and for some things so wished I did, just for sewing! :/
Nice job!
I have a drafting table in my sewing room, as well. When I do sew, it is invaluable.
The one I have right now works for my needs, heck I've even sewn leather (fairly light weight, 3-4 oz) without any problems. Now if I was making this stuff for a living I'd fork out the big bucks but I'm not but I will probably upgrade to a Singer 4411 somewhere down the road.
The 4411 I have heard great things about. You can get it new for $139 on Amazon.
It's supposed to be the best (cheap) heavy duty non-commercial machine on the market. When I bought the Start my disposable income was very limited, that has changed but with the Start doing everything I need it to do for now there's no need to upgrade at this point.
Still getting my home "office"/work room put together after the move, put the sewing table (and old Ikea drafting table) up and unpacked the machine. Have to put my frock coat back together, finish a vest I've been working on and make my 1850s pants and/or maybe some fall front trousers.
Here's the last mid 1800s wool vest I made.

Unfortunately now that we're in a smaller house the only place I can set up my huge old dinner table is in the garage. It's bigger than the drafting table and is great for layout and cutting pieces. Think of a frock "skirt" as a midi that starts at the natural waist, some were even longer.
I had a living history to go to and had little time and nothing but civil war military clothing so I improvised, tossed together an unlined pseudo-town coat out of cotton canvas and threw it together with my first (not so well done vest), some kersey blue trousers, southwest planter's hat and a pair of preacher boots. I look like some poor old sod buster coming into town on a Saturday night....... :lol:


 

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Nah, I’d say that was a successful last minute improvisation! Amazing how a creative mind can pull it together with what they have around them in a short amount of time. Great job, if you ask me.
Yep, for those large pieces, it’s tough. We don’t have a traditional rectangular dining table, and for some things so wished I did, just for sewing! :/
Nice job!
I have a drafting table in my sewing room, as well. When I do sew, it is invaluable.
The 4411 I have heard great things about. You can get it new for $139 on Amazon.
It's supposed to be the best (cheap) heavy duty non-commercial machine on the market. When I bought the Start my disposable income was very limited, that has changed but with the Start doing everything I need it to do for now there's no need to upgrade at this point.
Still getting my home "office"/work room put together after the move, put the sewing table (and old Ikea drafting table) up and unpacked the machine. Have to put my frock coat back together, finish a vest I've been working on and make my 1850s pants and/or maybe some fall front trousers.
Here's the last mid 1800s wool vest I made.

Unfortunately now that we're in a smaller house the only place I can set up my huge old dinner table is in the garage. It's bigger than the drafting table and is great for layout and cutting pieces. Think of a frock "skirt" as a midi that starts at the natural waist, some were even longer.
I had a living history to go to and had little time and nothing but civil war military clothing so I improvised, tossed together an unlined pseudo-town coat out of cotton canvas and threw it together with my first (not so well done vest), some kersey blue trousers, southwest planter's hat and a pair of preacher boots. I look like some poor old sod buster coming into town on a Saturday night....... :lol:


 

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Looks too lightweight to sew canvas
New Singers are not the workhorses of old
It's sad. Appliances used to be made last and they could actually be repaired if necessary. I have a KitchenAid mixmaster that mr. boe bought for me 25 years ago. It still works great. My sister bought a new one three years ago, and it's already broken. She can't get it repaired - it's made to be disposable. Same thing with sewing machines, imo.
Ain't that the truth.
The Wife and I bought a Monkey Wards refrigerator 29 years ago and is now the garage fridge.....has never been serviced and still works like a charm. If I remember correctly we paid around $250 bucks for it.
Fast forward to 2017.....had to replace our built in GE Profile to the tune of $7000 bucks...broke in less than a year.
 

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Looking for a good, inexpensive (under $100) medium to heavy duty sewing machine that's easy to use and will sew fabrics like wool and canvas.

I was wondering if this would work.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VV4ZWBQ/?tag=ff0d01-20

I would be sewing my own period (1700s and 1800s) clothing.
We got this.



Be sure to order a quarter inch presser foot.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JQM1DE/?tag=ff0d01-20
If they make their sewing machines a "well" as they make their printers you couldn't pay me to take a Brother.........
 

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Yep, for those large pieces, it’s tough. We don’t have a traditional rectangular dining table, and for some things so wished I did, just for sewing! :/
Nice job!
I have a drafting table in my sewing room, as well. When I do sew, it is invaluable.
The 4411 I have heard great things about. You can get it new for $139 on Amazon.
It's supposed to be the best (cheap) heavy duty non-commercial machine on the market. When I bought the Start my disposable income was very limited, that has changed but with the Start doing everything I need it to do for now there's no need to upgrade at this point.
Still getting my home "office"/work room put together after the move, put the sewing table (and old Ikea drafting table) up and unpacked the machine. Have to put my frock coat back together, finish a vest I've been working on and make my 1850s pants and/or maybe some fall front trousers.
Here's the last mid 1800s wool vest I made.

Unfortunately now that we're in a smaller house the only place I can set up my huge old dinner table is in the garage. It's bigger than the drafting table and is great for layout and cutting pieces. Think of a frock "skirt" as a midi that starts at the natural waist, some were even longer.
I had a living history to go to and had little time and nothing but civil war military clothing so I improvised, tossed together an unlined pseudo-town coat out of cotton canvas and threw it together with my first (not so well done vest), some kersey blue trousers, southwest planter's hat and a pair of preacher boots. I look like some poor old sod buster coming into town on a Saturday night....... :lol:


You look like Colonel Sanders!
 

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Looking for a good, inexpensive (under $100) medium to heavy duty sewing machine that's easy to use and will sew fabrics like wool and canvas.

I was wondering if this would work.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VV4ZWBQ/?tag=ff0d01-20

I would be sewing my own period (1700s and 1800s) clothing.
We got this.



Be sure to order a quarter inch presser foot.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JQM1DE/?tag=ff0d01-20
If they make their sewing machines a "well" as they make their printers you couldn't pay me to take a Brother.........
Ours has been good.
 
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Looking for a good, inexpensive (under $100) medium to heavy duty sewing machine that's easy to use and will sew fabrics like wool and canvas.

I was wondering if this would work.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VV4ZWBQ/?tag=ff0d01-20

I would be sewing my own period (1700s and 1800s) clothing.
We got this.



Be sure to order a quarter inch presser foot.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000JQM1DE/?tag=ff0d01-20
If they make their sewing machines a "well" as they make their printers you couldn't pay me to take a Brother.........
Ours has been good.
In my experience,you've been lucky. I will never own another Brother product, ever.
 
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Yep, for those large pieces, it’s tough. We don’t have a traditional rectangular dining table, and for some things so wished I did, just for sewing! :/
Nice job!
I have a drafting table in my sewing room, as well. When I do sew, it is invaluable.
It's supposed to be the best (cheap) heavy duty non-commercial machine on the market. When I bought the Start my disposable income was very limited, that has changed but with the Start doing everything I need it to do for now there's no need to upgrade at this point.
Still getting my home "office"/work room put together after the move, put the sewing table (and old Ikea drafting table) up and unpacked the machine. Have to put my frock coat back together, finish a vest I've been working on and make my 1850s pants and/or maybe some fall front trousers.
Here's the last mid 1800s wool vest I made.

Unfortunately now that we're in a smaller house the only place I can set up my huge old dinner table is in the garage. It's bigger than the drafting table and is great for layout and cutting pieces. Think of a frock "skirt" as a midi that starts at the natural waist, some were even longer.
I had a living history to go to and had little time and nothing but civil war military clothing so I improvised, tossed together an unlined pseudo-town coat out of cotton canvas and threw it together with my first (not so well done vest), some kersey blue trousers, southwest planter's hat and a pair of preacher boots. I look like some poor old sod buster coming into town on a Saturday night....... :lol:


You look like Colonel Sanders!
Do you want traditional or extra crispy?
 

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Well crud. We just sold a leather/heavy fabric sewing machine.

I don't think the machine at your link would do very well with heavy duty fabrics. IMO, if you want to use it for heavier fabrics (like denim or duck or canvas weight) and still stay at that price, you should look for a used machine.

1700 - 1800 ... American? Like for re-enactments?
Yeah, I've been doing reenacting/living history for decades. I was going to but a 1750s outfit together but now that I'm in the southwest (and not Spanish) I decided to go ahead with an 1870s/80s persona besides I already have most of what I need for that era.
And no, I'm not going to be a "cowboy", hell I'm 61 years old....... :lol:
Cowboys are sexy as he'll at 61. What are you talking about???

Google Image Result for https://fiverr-res.cloudinary.com/t_main2_video,q_auto,f_auto/v1/vzrthumb/8099510/image

(For non-clickers, it's Sam Elliott <swoon>)
 
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Well crud. We just sold a leather/heavy fabric sewing machine.

I don't think the machine at your link would do very well with heavy duty fabrics. IMO, if you want to use it for heavier fabrics (like denim or duck or canvas weight) and still stay at that price, you should look for a used machine.

1700 - 1800 ... American? Like for re-enactments?
Yeah, I've been doing reenacting/living history for decades. I was going to but a 1750s outfit together but now that I'm in the southwest (and not Spanish) I decided to go ahead with an 1870s/80s persona besides I already have most of what I need for that era.
And no, I'm not going to be a "cowboy", hell I'm 61 years old....... :lol:
Cowboys are sexy as he'll at 61. What are you talking about???

Google Image Result for https://fiverr-res.cloudinary.com/t_main2_video,q_auto,f_auto/v1/vzrthumb/8099510/image

(For non-clickers, it's Sam Elliott <swoon>)
It's not that I'm not sexy but cowboys (cow boys, original derogatory spelling and name for cow punchers) made up one of the smaller demographics in the old west and everybody wants to be a cowboy, lawman or desperado. I portray a freighter (running freight by wagon to areas the railroad hadn't reached yet).
 

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