Last year, I decided I wanted to sew seriously again. I have always loved making things with my hands, but wanted a craft that was really practical.
Unfortunately my old sewing machine was pretty terrible…
I don’t think cheap sewing machines necessarily mean bad sewing machines, but mine was terrible. The bobbin thread would often snap and I spent more time rethreading than sewing. I don’t know whether I just didn’t thread it right or whatever, but I had a lot of trouble with it. Thankfully it’s found a loving home somewhere else.
So I decided the first thing I needed to do was get a new sewing machine, and I got this:
And… my beloved sewing machine turned one year old yesterday!
I love this little machine. I don’t need anything fancy because I’ll never embroider or applique or do anything super fancy with my machine. All I want is a needle threader, one-step buttonhole, stretch stitch, decent price, and a decent looking design. This machine fits all that criteria. I didn’t necessarily want a computerised machine but now that I have one I don’t think I can turn back.
There are some things I thought I’d love but I surprisingly don’t, such as the ability to sew without the pedal and a speed variation dial. I don’t use these features much surprisingly.
I remember I had actually set out to buy a Bernette but I think comparing the Bernette’s features with this machine this is far, far, far more worth it.
A few cons with this machine: it comes with a clear plastic zig-zag foot instead of the old fashioned metal ones (I think this is standard now, booooooo), and the plastic chassis of the machine does rattle around a bit when sewing. The rattling is a bit obvious, so if this bothers you you may want to consider something a little pricier. Lastly if you’re sewing on the edge of any fabric the fabric gets sucked into the feed dogs fairly easily, this is probably the only thing that frustrates me the most about this machine.
It’s really hard for me to be subjective because I upgraded from a really difficult machine to a much better machine, so overall I feel like this machine is great! From what I’ve seen though it’s definitely great value for money as it’s the most affordable machine I can find from an established brand which features a one-step buttonhole, needle threader, start/stop button etc.
And I haven’t wanted to tear my hair out using this, and I think that’s all that matters.
So happy birthday! Time to celebrate with some vodka…
Oops, apparently things got a bit out of hand!