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Friday, June 23, 2006

in the market

for a new sewing machine. mine has finally met its limitations. though hardly as cool as these vintage models. my featherweight was a gift on my 16th birthday and has treated me well for almost - gack! - 20 years... gotten me through a bfa degree that was heavy on quilting, seemingly endless alterations to thrift store finds during grad school, gifts for friends, pjs and bits and bobs for my kids and crafting escapes for me. i'll be holding on to it for when my girls are ready...

so i am curious, and need some advice... what machine are you sewing with?

poppies

have a lovely weekend!

12 comments:

amy h said...

I'm afraid I'm not much help! I'm on a 1950s Singer that was my grandmother's before her current 1980s Bernina. The only attachment I have is a button holer, so I can't even zigzag! No zipper foot either! I've been considering shopping around, too. Let us know what you pick!

melissa f. said...

patternreview.com was a fairly good resource-- they do lots of sewing machine reviews... it's a bit tricky to navigate but worth it.

i sew on a janome 6125 i bought used last year. i was looking for a bernina but those are harder to find in this town.

karen l said...

My 38 year old German Singer finally died two years ago. I sew all the time so the machine has to withstand the abuse I put it through. I just made 4 panels of 9', lined ultrasuede drapes for my bedroom, complete with goblet pleats. Believe it or not, I just got a replacement Singer -- the "school edition." I figured it would be easy, few parts to have to deal with, and if it can put up with kids learning, good enough. There is a model up from the school model, but I've been using it steadily for the last two years with no complaints. Hope you're well!

Shari said...

it's so lovely to think of you teaching your girls to sew on the same machine that you learned on. have a great weekend tracy! xo shari

two trees said...

hey tracy,

i have a kenmore 16227 and it's a dream. i decided to go with kenmore {i got it about a year and a half ago}instead of the fancier bernina's, etc because this one is much cheaper to repair if ever need be and i can just take it into sears and drop it off - no shipping!. it has a whole bunch of stitches and comes with several specialty feet including the zipper foot. i've used it like crazy, haven't had any problems and it purrs like a kitten. i'm super happy with it.

let me know if you have any questions. good luck in your search!
xo,
shanna

rebecca said...

i have a Viking 770 Platinum. it was an investment machine for me, but i love it!! the other day i sewed through 7 layers of midweight denim plus heavy interfacing and it was no sweat. good luck on your search.

madmommy said...

My Singer was a purchase from Sam's club (came with a carrier) and was a good deal at I think $150 about 10 years ago and is still kicking, although I haven't been using it all that time. Of course, it's never been serviced either! I'm a Singer fan.

Amy said...

I have the Singer school model as well. I've been using it for over six years with no complaints. I'm still quite a novice, so I probably haven't taxed it a whole lot, but what I like is that it's heavy and doesn't jump around at all. I haven't done a thing to it in the way of maintenance and it's never been serviced, (shameful, I know) but I've never had a single problem.

molly said...

several years ago, before I was really sewing, my husband bought me a huskystar. It's really nothing fancy, and sometimes I wish it had a little more pizazz, but really, it hasn't given me ANY problems and has done everything i've needed so far...(but i do think i'll want an upgrade someday, so mine is probably not the one you want...but i do hear good things about the brand)
how exciting to be shopping for a new machine! can't wait to see what you get.

angelique said...

I also have a 1950s Singer. The model is "Slant-o-Matic" and it looks a lot like the cars of that era. I'm sure there are advantages to a nice new modern machine, but for what it's worth, the repairman who brought mine back to life after years of disuse said that old machines are much more durable than new ones because all the parts are made of steel, not plastic. Something to think about if you are even considering an older, used model. Hope you find something you like!

shannon said...

One from Kmart...well it is my first!! I dont want to get to fancy too fast!!

Heels said...

I'm looking at this one right now:

http://www.epinions.com/Brother_CS_6000/display_~reviews

It gets great reviews and the woman in the fabric section at Walmart raved about it.

I, too, sew on a Singer, but it's not a featherweight. It's as old as me (sigh) and weighs about 35 lbs. It works wonderfully, but for $200, I think the Brother I linked is a steal. I fear spending a lot on a nice machine and finding out that I'm happier with the heavy old Singer.