SewMamaSew is celebrating Sewing Machine Month. I figured I would join in the reviews. Check out their post here.
What brand and model do you have?
How long have you had it?
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
I think about $500, but I got it for $400
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Mostly quilts, although I'd like to make other items! I am currently working on a duvet cover.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
Since I've gotten it I've been sewing a lot. I'd say 4-6 hours per week? I clean it out at least once a month to make sure the lint doesn't build up too much.
Do you like/love/hate your machine?
I love my machine.
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
I love the automatic button hole attachment, I love the needle threader helper doodad. I love the "cruise control" which is great for keeping an even feed when I'm stippling. I also love the "needle down" option which means I can set it so the needle always goes down when I stop (which is great for machine quilting). Oh! And the pop-off feet! I love those--no need for a screwdriver.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
I haven't found a problem yet! Although maybe a larger throat would be nice?
Do you have a great story to share about your machine?
Well, I told my mom that what I really wanted for Christmas was a new sewing machine. I really needed an upgrade (I had a cheap Kenmore that didn't have all the bells and whistles). So we went to the sewing machine store two days before Christmas. They had a sign that said they were closed. I was so bummed. But we knocked on the door and the guy let us in. Super friendly awesome guy (my mom bought her sewing machine from him). The machine I ended up getting was a floor model, so I got a good deal. My mom couldn't buy me the whole machine, so she put $200 towards it and I paid the rest. The only snag in all this is that the sewing machine store was in California, and I live in Chicago. So my brother (eBay seller extraordinaire that he is) got me a good deal on shipping it via FedEx. I could hardly wait for it to arrive!
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
Definitely. It has tons of options, it is pretty lightweight (I take mine on the bus with me), it's not too expensive, and you can get generic feet to work with it--you don't have to buy the dealer ones, which I've heard is a problem with Husqvarnas and Berninas (but don't quote me on that!)
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
Make a list of what you NEED a machine to do. Make a list of what you WANT it to do. Don't buy more machine than you need, but also don't limit yourself too much. Will you grown out of this machine quickly? A lot of machine dealers will allow you to upgrade within a year if you find you need a fancier machine--and they give you a credit for what you originally paid for a trade-in.
Do you have a dream machine?
I can't think of anything my machine doesn't do right now that I need it to do, so actually no.