Wednesday, June 04, 2008

grrr



Dear Sewing Machine,

I really don't like having to write these letters to you. It make me very angry. You have served me well for over 5 years and probably even longer for someone else. But why, oh why, do you have to stop working properly when I'm in the middle of a project?!?! It really makes me feel like tossing you aside for a new, more equipped machine. And I just may have to. So, if you want to stick around, could you please magically start working again? Pretty please?

Thanks
Your proud but upset owner,
Katie


So yeah, I think the timing is off on my machine. The question is, should I have it fixed, or should I buy a new machine. This is an older machine, probably from the 70s or 80s that my mom picked up at a garage sale for $20. It has worked great for me, but I think I'm ready to upgrade, and this may be just the excuse I need. Although I don't really have the money to fork over for a really expensive one (or one at all for that matter). Do you guys have any good machine suggestions??

On another note, I have updated some things to my etsy shop. There are a few Dopp Kits for Father's Day and today I'll be uploading some more left overs from my craft fair in April. You think it could have taken me long enough, right?

Etsy
Buy Handmade
katiejean

13 comments:

Sarah and Jack said...

Well, I really love my machine still, the Huskystar C20. I think the retail was $399, but I paid $299 for mine (with a free walking foot.)

Anina said...

Oh drat! I REALLY like my Juki. Walking foot, zipper foot, but no fancy stitches. Straight only.

LeeAnn said...

I really love my Pfaff because it has a built in feature where you never have to use a bulky walking foot. There is just a little lever in the back you flip down and presto! I paid for a model that had an overlocking stitch (since I don't have a serger) and that's worked out really well. And it had above average space under the sewing arm and under the sewing plate for sewing sleeves and quilts. Above all pick a shop that has excellent service for your machine. My sewing shop offered free maintanence for a year and two free sewing classes. :)

Handi Dandi Mandi said...

This is the second broken sewing machine blog I've read this week...Maybe you should looking into the cost of repair versus the cost of a low end machine. Then you should think about whether you would prefer saving your pennies until you can afford the machine you really would like to have. I guess it would really depend on how much you'd like to spend. Joann.com often has good sales on machines (you can sign up for their emails they send coupons a lot too) and they have lots of customer reviews on them.

Jenn Maruska said...

You should swing by my blog - we're both in the same boat! : \

lera said...

That stinks. I do not recommend my Brother machine. It's already been replaced twice (for free, thankfully). Good luck.

Hey! It is suddenly dark here. How's the weather there? I think I even hear thunder.

Mary said...

I think it's better to get the sewing machine you want then have to settle for what you can afford because your machine conked out. Have you checked the Craigslist in your area? Mine has a steady stream of sewing machines. Maybe you can find one that way.

Ariana said...

I like my Kenmore - it's so smooth. It's the Kenmore drop in with 74 stitch functions...I also got a used Janome on eBay. Cool thing is that the feet on these brands are interchangable.

Good luck and have fun choosing! Oh. By the way, I got my Kenmore at the Sears Outlet. They might have one where you live? It was scratch and dent because the box was torn. :)

Anonymous said...

I just got a Janome for Christmas from my hubby. I LOVE IT..
My hubby did allkinds of research and looked around before picking it out.
So you might want to check them out.

Deb C. said...

Sounds like it's probably time to invest in a newer model. I've had my share of sewing machines over the years. Pfaff is great but pricey. Another great reliable machine that I think has a lot of bang for the buck and that you can pick up for a lot less $$ is the Janome. They start out fairly low. I don't recommend any of the Joann or Walmart machines personally if you want to keep it for more than 5 years. Hope this helps.

Dar said...

Katie, the local sewing shop here will do a tune up for about $25-35. I'd look into that first. Sewing machines are like cars. They need a little tune up once in a while.

Blakely said...

I have a Baby Lock and even though I like many of the features on it, I wouldn't recommend it. It has a lot of little things that I don't like.

amandajean said...

I have a JUKI as well. and I heart it. a lot. I've had it for a year and a half and it works like a dream. I'm glad I spent what I did on it....it's so worth it.