I haven't checked this thread in a very long time: I ended up getting the Singer 4411 for about $125. Its basic features suit me just fine... so far.
I recently finished sewing this out of a leather chair and ottoman I got off Craigslist for $20. It's for a slightly custom version of one of Captain America's outfits in The First Avenger and is based on that jacket and on Leonardo Dicaprio's in The Aviator.
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Suddenly all that free for the taking furniture on Craigslist took on a whole new meaning... Thanks for the inspiration! Never would have thought of that! How does is bend and move? In my experience upholstery fabric is much thicker/stiffer than apparel fabric... Is this an issue for you with this jacket?
Once you start learning the basics you will be amazed how quick you will pick up the skills you need to start making costumes. Get an inexpensive machine and queue up YouTube!I wish I knew how to sew. Neither my Wife nor I know how to. I have a ton of Cosplay and figure costumes I would make. Time to go to Michaels for a class i guess