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any of you have a decent/small sewing machine? Ive got this infernal thing called the 'PerfectTailor' and while all be it im no Martha bleepin Stewart, i would think im smart enough to handle a sewing machine. this thing looked pretty neat... operates on four AA's, compact, etc... so ive been sewing (well attempting to) new curtains and after 10 hours of futility have renamed the perfecttailor the craptailor and it has been all i can do not to send his sorry booty down to davy jones locker. anyway, mr perfect is going to the salvation army, and reccs would be gladly appreciated as i am about to regress 100 years and do it all by hand--oh joy, im sure thats gonna turn out. lol

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handheld or battery powered sewing machines are not worth the space they take up.
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Check yard sales for sewing machines... I picked up a Sears model along with everything (thread, accessories and a lot of pink buttons) for $50. A good cleaning, oiling, and I'm in business. And I think I would recommend sewing some fleece for starter projects. It's easy to work.
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Yeah! Needle and thread are much better than battery powered machines.

A small machine can have a variable speed DC motor installed if you must have powered.

Otherwise, I have an ancient Singer, looks like a normal household machine but is hand cranked. I've done a couple hundred miles of stitching with that machine, and it's still going strong.
I wouldn't want to make sails with it, but for repairs or smaller projects it's great.

My machine is like this one, but was originally sold with the hand crank :
Sewing Machine Handcanks Hand Crank

another source for the crank:
Hand Crank to Convert Singer Sewing Machine - NEW

Ken.

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Gimme your man card. Right now. Real men don't do curtains. If they do, it is because some hot estrogen factory with a rack that garners applause when she bounces down the dock suggested it. I'll take "benefit of the doubt" for $200, Alex, and assume that that is the case here. In which case, I suggest that a manly man would use a manly man sewing device:
A stapler.

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Gimme your man card. Right now. Real men don't do curtains. If they do, it is because some hot estrogen factory with a rack that garners applause when she bounces down the dock suggested it. I'll take "benefit of the doubt" for $200, Alex, and assume that that is the case here. In which case, I suggest that a manly man would use a manly man sewing device:
A stapler.

LOL

Perhaps this would be a good use for 5200? You could really count on the seams holding.
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I'm going with QickMick on this one, REAL MEN do whatever it takes to get the job done. If that means sewing, then so be it. I picked up a little machine at Target, small, $25, battery or cord, does a fair job on light weight stuff. Would not even try it on sail material, but then it is what it is.
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Re: portable sewing machine

Yes I have a small portable handheld sewing machine. I saw the advertisement on TV and I purchased that from my online shopping site. This is very helpful and very handy; itís really helpful in doing stitching very fast.
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Re: portable sewing machine

If you are trying to sew on battery power, chances are that's your problem. Figure out the power it needs and buy a charger that will keep up and that might help.
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