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Is it possible to find a **cheap** sewing machine for a one-handed beginner (or one at all)?

Sewing is something I've always longed to be able to do but always thought it was beyond me due to physical disability (easiest way to describe is think stroke victim my one entire side is weak with only gross motor control on that side). However recently some friends suggested that with the RIGHT machine I could probably learn to machine sew. However I have no idea on how to FIND the right machine. Mainly what I'd eventually like to do is sew medieval and renaissance era clothing (do reenactments). I'll probably have to stick to the simpler styles but being able to make my own at all would not only be cheaper but give me a fulfilling hobby to fill the many hours I sit home alone. I want to figure out what machines might work for me considering my disability, my total lack of experience, and a fairly limited budget (read dirt poor but if I can find one that would really work I'll save somehow... this is something I've wanted to learn for many years and my one asset is TIME). So the question is any suggestions?

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Before you spend money on a machine, and then find out it isn't quite right for you -- let me make a suggestion.
Visit a large fabric store that also gives sewing classes (for beginners, if that's where you're at). They'd have machines for students to use and a class would help you learn (first hand) what would and would not work for you. The classes are usually pretty cheap, since they are held to encourage people to sew more and buy lots of their fabric. ;)
There are some machine models that can be used better by right-handers only and others that can be used by right or left handed people. Depending on which side you are more dexterous, you will then know what kind of basic machine you need.
Then, you can check the resale shops etc. for a cheap machine, without saving up and spending money on a machine that is too awkward for you to use.
Have fun!

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P.S. You can do it, no doubt. I saw a one-armed guy taking a class in the fabric store I go to. He was using a soft clamp to hold the bulk of the fabric on the table while he ran the seams under the machine needle with his hand.
So, take a class so you can figure out what works best for your needs and what equipment you'll need to do it safely.
Congratulations on finding a new hobby!
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I bought my sewing machine at a thrift store. You can also buy them at Good Will. Happy for you. I always said I can't in my home economics class. My teacher even wrote in my yearbook, "the word can't should not be a part of your vocabulary". This was in 1977. I wanted to sew, remembered some things but didn't want to spend a fortune on a machine. I didn't and I love sewing today. Enjoy!

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You can get cheap sewing machine for a one-handed beginner in some of the online stores such as ebay.com, Amazon.com, thefind.com, etsy.com and shopping.com. You will be able to find various brands of sewing machines that you can choose from.

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