About 5 years ago my 35 year old Singer Sewing Machine just wanted to retire. I couldn’t get the tension sorted, it started sewing like something with hiccups. At that stage I couldn’t afford much more than the cheapest machine on the market and I bought a little cheap Singer. All plastic, and the guy who sold it to me tried to encourage me to buy at least the next model up, but I couldn’t afford it.
I have made many smocked dresses with that little cheapie, I even made quite a few quilts and bags and curtains – and it sewed like a champ. I often pull it back from the other side of the table as it moves with the fabric, and jumps up and down when I use the serger on the same table.
When I made dress on Saturday I struggled with bird’s nests under the fabric, and thread breaking in the middle of sewing, especially the moment I hit more than two layers of fabric. It was frustrating – but the dress is pretty 🙂 (no buttonholes and buttons yet – will now wait to do it)
As I am an external marker for Ministry of Education, and the National exams are starting this week, I knew I have some money coming in early next year as I have about 2000 Computer Science papers to mark. With this knowledge I decided to delve into my savings and buy a new sewing machine
I did research for a whole day, reading reviews. To start with I didn’t even have an idea which brand to buy. I started with Singer, as that is my trusted brand, but the new Singer machines can not really compare to other brands any longer – or that is my opinion after a day of research. I looked at Brother (my embroidery machine is Brother), at Bernina (for no specific reason), Singer (because it is my preferred brand) and Janome (as my serger is Janome). I also asked on FB groups for recommendations. The majority of feedback was in favour of Janome
By accident I found out the Quilt shop in a nearby town deals with Janome and I drove out there yesterday, to chat with a real person. There is a special deal with Janome until the end of October (big bonus!). She gave me some brochures and prices and a demonstration on her machine
Another day of research and I have decided to buy the Janome Skyline S3. Well, I actually just transferred the money so that the machine can be ordered 🙂
It should be here by Friday – as well as the exam papers to be marked. Very bad timing, for both to arrive the same day. I guess I will have to mark first 😦 (Maybe, just maybe, I’ll sew the buttonholes for the dress I made)