Craft & Design


Instructables user MargueritaM gives some excellent tips about learning to machine sew using an old machine. She points out some basics that make it easy to get up and running.

Old Sewing Machines are Hidden Treasures

8 thoughts on “Find an Old Sewing Machine on Which to Learn

  1. I say get an old machine period. I run a Singer 201-2 and a 401a, and they’re perfect, and will run strong for decades.

  2. I have that old Bernina at the back. My mom bought it with her first salary cheque back in the mid-1960s, I learned to sew on it in the 80s and it’s still going strong. Quilters have been known to drool over it. With luck, I will never need another.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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