Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Tools of the Trade


I have a super simple Kenmore machine I bought at Sears a couple of years ago. At the time, I didn't really know anything about sewing and didn't want to spend a small fortune on a machine I'd either never use again or have features I really didn't need. So now that I'm pretty committed to this sewing thing--and really enjoying it--I'm looking to upgrade.

I'm not really sure what I need other than something with more power, more stitch options (like an easier button hole feature), and maybe a machine with an arm that lifts high (stuffed fleece is super bulky)--the ones I've seen have been quilter's machines, but I'm not a quilter and half their options would go unused. I don't even know if I'd use any of the embroidery features, although embroidering eyes and mouths and whatnot by machine would make things go that much faster, especially since I am a crappy embroiderer at best.

So what's your machine, how do you like it, what sorts of things do you make with it, what machine would you buy if you could?


sarah said...

I have the exact same machine -- blue and everything. I've been wondering the same thing, as well. I'm ready to branch out!

lucykate crafts... said...

my machine is only a really basic one, it is a huskystar which is/was a cheaper version of a husqavana viking. i bought it when i was a student doing a degree in weaving and embroidery, so it is about 18 years old. it is making a banging noise every time it sews and is probably in need of a service!.

if i had a choice, i would go for a bernina, the basic version is great (model 1008?), it is what i used at college.

MayaBella said...

I used my grandmas bernina for a few years and it was pretty good for being like 30 years old. So they last. I now have a Kenmore that is made by Jenome. I bought it through sears. Its pretty good. Has the button hole thingy and a bunch of different stitches. And you can adjust the speed which I like cause I tend to get crazy. I would say go to a shop and test out a bunch. They all feel so different. Good luck!

q.D.paToOtieS said...

I have a basic Viking with a few stitches and I love it. It's as tough as nails and can sew through tough, thick mohair or fur without a hitch!

meg said...

I have a basic kenmore as well and was wondering about a new machine. What is the best sewing machine for plush makers?


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