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Not Martha’s Sewing Machine

Meganreardon Juki 1000

Big thank you to Megan Reardon of Not Martha who gave us the scoop on her sewing machine she uses for her crafty business.

Megan says, “I have a Juki TL-98E, it’s a straight stitch machine usually marketed towards quilters. I bought when I was starting The Organized Knitter for purely practical reasons – knee presser foot lift, extra wide and tall area under the arm, a very large removable working surface, and mostly metal body and parts. I got to use a lot of industrial machines in college and trusted the brand. Because it is a straight stitch machine it is very fast and strong, and I have not missed zig zag or decorative stitches yet. I’ve used it nearly every day for about three years and have had no troubles, which makes me very happy. The only disadvantage is the lack of a free arm which would be nice to have when doing things such as hemming cuffs.Link.

2 thoughts on “Not Martha’s Sewing Machine

  1. My first stop for sewing machines in always the local thrift store. I’ve got one my dad bought at a flee market 25 years ago but I’ve seen a number of good looking machines at Goodwill recently. The 70’s machines from Japan are mostly tough as nails and, although they don’t have many bells and whistles, will do most or all of what you need to do. I’ve also seen newer models with the removable base area (so you have a free arm) and fancy stitches. The going rate seems to be $20-30. This could be a good approach until you determine exactly what you need. Take some fabric and thread when you go. Best, D

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