June is Sewing Machine Month at Sew, Mama, Sew! I want to tell the world about my sewing machine today.
Next, I will talk about my serger. I know, the most boring crap, ever. Never claimed to be exciting...
What brand and model do you have?
I own a Babylock Ellure.
How long have you had it?
Since October 2007.
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
What types of things do you sew?
I sew clothing for our two-year old girl, lots of key fobs, tote bags, napkins, aprons, and plenty of other useful items that can be done with cute fabric, like, coasters...
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I sew often, several times a week.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I like my machine. It does not have a name, it is not a person.
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
Before I bought a serger, I used the overcast stitch, it does not compare to a serger, but, it was handy. I love the bobbin winder, the "low bobbin thread indicator" is awesome, and the buttonhole feature is nice, I am not afraid of buttonholes.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
It does not make dinner.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine? We want to hear it!
When I started sewing, my mother-in-law loaned me her first machine, it needed repairs after I had it for a while and while I was away, my husband bought me a new one the next day of sending his mother's machine to the shop!
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
I would, I guess. If you want to do a lot of embroidery, I would upgrade. For little stuff here and there, it is great. For sewing, I like it just great.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
My mother-in-law told me to take fabric that you will sew with often and test it on the machine that you are considering.
Make sure that you understand the basics (threading machine, operation button, changing stitches, etc.) before you purchase. Take classes at the shop in which you purchases your machine, if offered. I did not do that because I am a know-it-all.
Do you have a dream machine?
I really considered buying a Pfaff (do not remember the model), but, my husband bought this one. Pfaff has IDT on their machines and that is attractive. I use my walking foot when it is extremely imperative that there is no slippage. My serger is also great at this feature for seaming.