(image above from flickr – this is not my actual machine)
About a year ago, i inherited a beautiful midcentury sewing table from my great-aunt, complete with late-1960s-Singer machine. We gave it a test spin last spring at which point we were greeted to a giant “CLUNK” everytime the needle went up and down.
So, after a summer full of home reno, i decided it was finally time to take the old gal to the sewing machine doc. Well, not such good news. The cost of the repairs outweighs the cost of the machine. It still has its original belt (which at this point is probably fused in place), and needs a plethora of other parts. If this was TRULY an antique i would probably pay to have it fixed, but since it exudes sort of a disco era charm, i think its probably best i just get a new machine.
But there are SO many out there. The lady at the store tried to sell me on the Brother “Project Runway” edition, which i’ll admit, is tempting but i think its just way more than i need. I’m halfway tempted to get a non-computerized version, just something mechanical for starters. The inspiration line by Singer seems simple and straightforward.
Then i read reviews of how easy the computerized ones are to used and its like, maybe i should stop be so stubborn. It just seems like if i’m going to sit down and sew, its sort of an analog experience.
So, i know several of you readers (ahem, Joelle, Jen) are avid seamstresses. Please chime in here. What do you have? What do you wish you had? What features should i look out for? Lets put me in the novice category for now. I can sew forwards and backwards on a single layer of cotton but thats about it. I am willing to pay extra for quality because the sewing machine doctor is expeeeensive and i don’t want to have to see him or her every time i complete a project.