Monday, June 1, 2009

my two cents

What brand and model do you have?

i actually have two. the first is an old sears machine given to me by my grandma. i haven't used it in years though, i'm sure it needs a good cleaning and possibly a tuneup! the second machine i have is a brother, the very basic model. i found it on craigslist and got it for $25, along with some fabrics and trims.

How long have you had it?

about 2 years.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

$70

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

i sew basic bottoms for my kids, tote bags and wallets, pillows and curtains and blankets. nothing too fancy.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

i try to sew at least every third day, or i get antsy! but i play in my fabrics every day!

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

i am kind of ambivalent about my machine. i paid $25, so i can't expect too much, right?

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

it runs. that's pretty much it!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

it refuses to zigzag! it has some tensioning problems that i haven't been able to resolve. so i have compensated by using french seams if the unfinished edge would be a problem. also, if i wind the bobbin too full it doesn't work properly. as i said, i bought this used, so the problem may be limited to my machine and not the model itself.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

the only story i have is that before i had a room to sewing, i had it on my dining room table with the cord stretched out. my 3 year old yanked the cord and pulled it straight out from under me while i was sewing! luckily, i wasn't actually running the machine and no one got hurt.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

only if your budget is such that this is all you could afford. even then, i think you could watch for sales or a used machine that might be better.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

that depends on what you use your machine for, obviously. i would love a machine i could do lots of decorative stitches with, but i don't think i need an embroidery feature. i would also love to have the scissors button.

Do you have a dream machine?

i've not looked, because it's simply not in the budget and i try not to torture myself.

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