Sunday, October 12, 2008

Das Kaput

My trusty Sears sewing machine decided to take a break today. The motor revs, but nothing happens. If I wanted to manually stitch by using my hand to work the mechanism, I could make some very slow progress, but hand sewing would be faster. And now the dilemma. . . obviously, I should have it repaired, and have been putting that off since the button-holer hasn't worked in over a year, but it gives me the reasonable excuse to look at a better sewing machine. I would love to have some input on what I should test. The sewing I do is mostly garments, toys, bags and small quilts. Having some bells and would be nice, but I'm such a practical girl, that it seems silly to even dream about anything really fancy. What type of machine do you use in your craft time? Oh I hope I get some helpful advice!

Here are some review links that I am noodling:

6 comments:

Max said...
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Max said...

You can also see some usefull reviews by other sewing machine owners here http://www.viewpoints.com/Sewing-Machines

Elvira said...

I would recommend taking your machine in for a repair evaluation and have the problem diagnosed. If it is a serious, costly problem, then a new machine maybe in order.

Elvira

YayaOrchid said...

Hi, I found you through Keri's new blog venture. I joined the ring of crafting blogs, and wanted to introduce myself. I enjoy sewing, knitting, crochet, embroidery, cooking and baking. I look forward to visiting your blog and others for learning and fun!

Keri said...

I use a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 830 machine. I don't think I recommend it. It works well, but not without some troubles and for the price my husband paid, it shouldn't have troubles. Good luck with finding a replacement!

tyketto said...

Howdy - I'm in Keri's 1st Craft Blog with you.

1st - have you ever been to the Sew Mama Sew forum? There's tons of advice on sewing machines there. I think the majority of the 1500 members own Janomes! I went to a dealer that sold Janome's (as well as other machines) and wound up with a Baby Lock. It has fabulous features, came with about 15 feet and has three lightbulbs that illuminate my sewing area on the machine.

The short advice - visit dealers - a bunch if there are a lot near you - and try out machines. Bring some things that you sew. That way you'll know if it can handle the different thicknesses, if there is a 1/4 inch guide foot, how the fabric flows, etc.

Have fun shopping for a new machine! Beth