Jan 15, 2013

R.I.P. My Dear Friend & a Giveaway

Oh my dear friend,  

I miss you!

Your departure was so quick. 
There was little to no warning that you were not at your best.  
I'm so sorry I didn't see the signs or hear your complaints.  

You were so good to me for so long that I guess I took you for granted.  

I miss you and I need you back in my life.  

I know you are gone forever and we will never work on projects together again but
you should know you will never be replaced.

Oh, wait!  

Sorry!  

That's a lie...


What I meant to say is you won't be replaced until next week when I buy a new friend.

I promise I will always fondly remember our 15 years together. 

xoxoxo
Amy

Ok guys.  My sewing machine died.  I need - not want - a new one. 
So, what kind do you have & why do you love it?   


(I really want your comments and advice on sewing machines so as an incentive to share your advice, I'll happily send a cute heart necklace to one lucky person.  Comments will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 18th and then a winner will be drawn and posted on Saturday, Jan. 19th)

Please share!

Ready?

Go.....

44 comments:

Dawn Nichole said...

I bought my daughter the Singer Fashion Mate 70 for Christmas. It has a ton of different stitches. We havent had a chance to use it much yet, but so far it seems to be a great one. And the price was right for my budget.

Julie Snow said...

I will swear by Berninas until the day I die! Bernina makes the best, foolproof, hardy wonderful, capable machine out there! I tell all my students and clients the same thing. Google your nearest Bernina dealer and go there to just test-drive them. They will show you all your options in all price ranges and you will fall in love!

Brenda Sue said...

Singer produces great sewing machines. My mom and sisters and I all have Singers and have no problems with them whatsoever!

Tales from a Misfit Housewife said...

Even though I would like a fancy bernina or baby lock , I LOVE my kenmore. My mom had one for over 30 years and I have had mine for 12 with no issues ever. They are reasonably priced as well.

Cathy said...

I have a Bernina, it is a great little machine, BUT, I really love my Juki 2010Q. It is a great sturdy fast machine. It is just a straight stitch, but oh so fast and reliable!

Anonymous said...

Bernia!!! Have had one for 40 years and it is still going strong...even been through a fire!!
Betty

Sarah said...

I have a 15 year old Singer and even though it is still going strong, I would love to upgrade to a machine with more built in stitches and several button holes. Will be reading all the comments as well to decide on the new one. As a birthday gift, my oldest is giving my $150.00 towards the new one, yea!!

Beth J said...

Sewing machines scare me! I hand sew everything.I don't know if I thread them wrong or if its the bobbin or the pressure. Makes me feel stupid. I knit, crochet, weave baskets, embroider but I can not figure out a sewing machine.
Too embarrassed to ask for help I guess

shelly said...

Bernina -- enough said.

Tammy Pound said...

I have a Brother Disney Edition embroidery machine. It is wonderful, but I have to admit I prefer my featherweight for piecing when I am quilting. It has a wonderful stitch, is made from all metal, and it runs like a dream.
If you want a machine that has all the bells and whistles, you have lots to choose from, but if you want a work-horse, I would find a good old second hand machine that has the minimum of plastic parts and get that. Some of the old machines will last forever. I'm hoping my mom will give me my Grandma's old Husquvarna one day.....it is a beauty that has sewn LOADS of clothing and quilts.

Linda L. said...

Your post is hysterical!!
I have a 20 year old Kenmore that has started making odd noises when my daughter uses it but works like a charm for me. I suspect it's going to join yours soon though.
I learned on a Singer treadle machine and it's still my favourite! I'll be looking at Singer and Bernina when the time comes.

HHart said...

I'd go for a reliable, not too fancy Singer. I am (very happily) using the one my mom received in 1969 for Christmas! Learned to sew on it when I was 8...and let's just say it has been more than a couple decades since then! LOVE my Singer! Happy Sewing, Heather

crafterofall said...

I have used several different machines. I would say it depends on what you want to do with it. My prefered machine is a PFAFF. my mom got one in 2003 and gave it to me a couple of years ago when she up graded to a newer model of PFAFF (she has also had a long arm PFAFF and currently has a PFAFF surger) I prefer the PFAFF because of the integrated feed dog in the back. It makes sewing heavy materials a breeze. I can also count on it to make even consistent stitches every time. (I am comparing it to the Brother's machine that i had prior) My mom also has a bernina that she does like for certain projects but for everyday sewing she prefers the PFAFF

Sarah S said...

I had a Kenmore that I got when I graduated from high school (35 yrs ago) that I've loved and is still running strong ... I upgraded to a fancy husquvarna and my daughter is now making many beautiful things with my Kenmore. I like my husquvarna, but don't think it's very user friendly for the fancy stuff!

vaseyfamily said...

I absolutely love my Kenmore. I also love that my MIL has the same one (by pure coincidence) so that when I visit I know exactly how to use it. I also have a Janome Server that I LOVE! When my Kenmore does, I will look at a Janome. I think they make great products and exchanged my singer server for the Janome. Just my thoughts.... good luck &I sorry to hear a great "friend"me died.

C.Good said...

I have a Kenmore because it is about 2o years old and it keeps on ticking. I love it nothing real fancy but it does what I want it to do.

Mindy said...

I have a Baby Lock but that's mainly because my little city didn't have any Bernina dealers when I bought my machine. I really like the Baby Lock, though!

I echo Julie Snow's suggestion to find a dealer and test drive. You can sit down at any machine and run a seam and see how things feel. And yes, there will be something that will fit your budget! Sewing machine lines run the gamut from A to Z.

Good luck!

heatherp626 said...

I have a Singer Sewing machine that I really haven't had the chance to use yet. Let's ring in the new Year together sewing!

moonlitereader said...

BERNINA!!
I love it! AND...it has never been "sick."
I, also, have a SINGER and a SHARK...both have given me trouble.
Go BERNINA!

mamarachael said...

I got a new sewing machine last summer when my old one (from grandma) died. I got a brother, with 60 stitches. I really like it! It has done great, but I sew irregularly, though when I do, I might spend all day sewing. I doubt it could handle a really heavy fabric, though. And I've not figured out (don't think there is a way) to change the foot pressure (lighter for lighter fabrics and such).

jules said...

oh I have always wanted to sew. but that is one craft that I am very limited in. sorry I can't help you with this one.

Carolyn Moon said...

Bernina 850 - absolutely love it. Does everything I need to do and NEVER gives me trouble. I use it almost every day.

Wendy Redford said...

I love my Viking. I do a lot of sewing with lightweight to heavy fabrics. I wore out two Kenmore sewing machines (my first lasted 10 years, but my second only lasted 3). It has lots of stitches, but runs on the pricey end of things. I was desperate for a sturdy machine that I could not wear out easily and this one has worked for me. I have had it for about 8 years.

Velody Dark said...

I have a Brother that is b both a seeing machine and embroidery machine. I love the ease of the LCD screen and the variety off stitches it does on top of embroidery.

The Backyard Farmwife said...

I have an Elna that I bought 10 years ago and I adore it! It has all the features I wanted but isn't too fancy. It has fancy stitches but not too many, optional needle up/down (I don't know what I'd do without it) and variable speed control. It's quite the workhorse: denim, multiple layers, whatever I put through it! I've never had to do anything to it and I wouldn't even guess how many hours of sewing it has done??? But if you want something not quite as expensive but still a great workhorse(I still think the Elna is worth it), I always recommend Kenmore. They make a great sturdy machine that will stand the test of time!

Jennifer Werner said...

I have a basic Singer from Target I think it was 80 bucks, use it all the time. Love it!!

Janie said...

Well, my all time favorite and use all the time is a Singer 1949 model, not much help I know. My husband keeps her purrin' like a kitten. I also have a new Singer that I don't like and a Jamone that I did like but sold, keep going back to 'ol Lucy :-)

Miss Lagasse said...

I had a Brother machine that I got a year ago, and it quit threading bobbins, and the repair guy told me it would cost $120 just to open the cover!!!! BLECH! SO, I splurged and bought a 1957 Singer 401A with all metal parts (it cost $400) but MY OH MY. It is AWESOME. Great sewing and will probably keep lasting FOREVER>>> Best of luck! :)

Kim-the-girl said...

When I was in the market, I really found the nice Janomes to be my favorite (though I do love my mom's Bernina, who can afford one?!?!). I discovered that Kenmore is made the same as Janome (much like Geo Prism/Toyota Corolla of cars). I found a Kenmore 19233 on clearance at Sears and I love it!!! The best functioning machine I've owned (I've had 3 others). I'm sure the Janome would have been a little smoother and the feed system that it has would have been great, but I'm not a professional and find that for my level of sewing, the Kenmore is great!

Good luck!!! I remember how much research I did when I was looking, its a BIG commitment!!

SandyQuilts said...

I'll confess right up front that I'm a Janome lover. I own 5 Janome machines.

BUT ....
you should visit all the local dealers, taking your own fabric, thread and etc. Give each machine brand a real test, making notes and then go home and review. By that time you should have a good idea which machines suits you and your work.

Good luck in your hunt. Can't wait to read what you decide to bring home.

Denise N. said...

In 38 years, I have only owned 2 machines: a Kenmore and a Singer. Just basic machines, nothing fancy. Loved the Kenmore, love the Singer!

Cheryl said...

I bought a used Singer in 1986 for $40 and it is outlasting my MW machine I bought new in 1984. I prefer the older models with basid straight and zigzag and no computer.

Amanda from Canada said...

I've started sewing again after a 15...20 year hiatus? It's been a while. I had my eye on a Singer, mainly because of familiarity (my mom still has hers from the 70's). For our anniversary this year my husband bought me the Singer Talent 3323S. I love it. It is simple enough for a newbie... uh, returning newbie like me but with some amazing features and quite a few decorative stitches. One-step button hole! And I'm a HUGE fan of the drop-in bobbin - It's SO EASY! It's reasonably priced, oh, and it's pretty to look at which is a bonus. Speaking of bonuses, it also came with enough trinkets/notions (?) to keep me busy for...pretty much ever. Check it out: http://www.singerco.com/products/2109/3323s-talent

Good luck in your search!

Beth said...

I love my Janome! I got mine after my mom killed my viking and I wont go back. But I echo Sandy, go to a dealer and try different machines with your fabric, and talk to a repair person to see what they recommend against. Good luck

Bink said...

Janome. It is a workhorse of a machine and will sew anything. Cotton quilting fabric, knit, slimy stretchy stuff, denim, flannel, paper ... I've sewn buffalo hide with mine! Mine's pretty fancy ... but I also love my sister's that is a bit simpler. It's reliable, heavy duty, and sews wonderfully. (She has the DC2010 model, they come out with one about every year that is pretty similar. Mine's the Memory Craft 6600P.)

I adore having the 'speed control' on them. I can sit my nieces/nephews/friend's kids down in front of it, push the speed control all the way down and they can sew happily without me freaking out over how fast it's going.

I bought mine in Cheyenne, but there is a store in Thornton that I've taken it to for 'opps' repairs. I also see them pop up on Craig's list for pretty reasonable amounts.

But like everyone else has mentioned, grab a sample of fabric you sew on most, head to the store, and try them all out.

I first sewed on a Janome when I went and visited Mom and Dad on their mission. That's what their humanitarian center was stocked with and I was amazed at how well they sewed. They didn't balk at any thickness - things that I was hand cranking my Viking over with difficulty, these machines just sewed through without pausing. In talking to the Sister who ran the center, Janomes are all they put in humanitarian sewing centers because of how reliable they are and how few of repairs they need.

So, Mom bought one. I bought one. And just like Beth mentions above, when I was sewing on her Viking and got it stuck - Mom broke it and she bought a Janome. :) We've all be happy with them. Feel free to come over and sew on mine to try it out. -- Sharon

Lynn Walder said...

I have a Pfaff 2040 that I bought 12 years ago and love. It isn't the fanciest, but it does more than I've ever needed. I had a Singer that was a beloved birthday gift that died in a similar way to your machine. I think it is wise to try out what you buy and find the one that fits your needs and wants. Happy shopping.

Julie E said...

:>) Ahhh, yes, you need a new one! I have a Kenmore - I bought it when my Singer died. I went with Kenmore because my mother's is still going after 40+ years. No complaints.

skaro964 said...

I like my Bernina. I would avoid Brother, I am very hard on machines and they only seem to last about 2 years or less with me. They have plastic innards, the same goes with singer. I would go with a Bernina, or Janome anything that has a sold metal chasie. But you have to test drive them to see what suits you best.

marla said...

i have a White Jeans machine and i love it. have had for 15 years and it has never failed me. it is all metal,and i have sewn everything on it from jeans to baby items.

Ann :) said...

I have a sewing machine on loan and I really don't like it. The tension is ALWAYS off and it seriously steals the fun from quilting. I appreciate reading everyone else's advice.

Ann :) said...

I should have said I borrowed a Brother...from my brother! It's just not that great.

Kala said...

I have a Kenmore which works for me. However, it was given to me from my sister who didn't want it anymore. That was about 8 years ago. I make do with what I have. Not sure what I'd do if it stopped working. Good luck in deciding.

Anonymous said...

I have an old Bernina, it was a gift to me from my parents when I was 15 years old, and it has done well for almost 25 years with no problems whatsoever. I haven't even taken care of it as well as I should have but she just keeps giving and giving. So, I'm pretty partial to Bernina.... Marlene.... emtmarlene@hotmail.com

Jan P said...

My best advice - attach a magnet to your machine and use it to hold a small pair of scissors. If your machine is plastic, you could use velcro. IT SAVES ALOT OF TIME LOOKING FOR SCISSORS.