This is my sewing machine. An old metal singer that was made back in the early eighties. It was my mom's first, but I have had it for about 15 years. Last week it just stopped sewing. It was rather strange because it happened midway down a line of quilting and there weren't any tangled threads. I cleaned out everywhere where dust likes to accumulate, but it was just stuck. I took it in for repair, but alas it is not able to be fixed. Apparently, over time moisture has gotten into the machine and rusted some of the gears, so they are fusing together. No one makes the gears anymore so fixing this problem is not really an option. I am feeling more sentimental then I was expecting about the loss of my machine. It is the only one I have every have and it is so tough I guess I just kind of thought it would last forever.
Now comes the arduous task of selecting a replacement machine. It seems that new machines have lots of fancy features compared to mine, but they also seems much more flimsy that it makes me wonder how long they will last. I would appreciate any thoughts anyone has on the topic. My impulse is to get another singer. A friend recommended this one( http://www.amazon.com/9970-600-Stitch-Computerized-Extension-Accessories/dp/B00GG5W9NY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404313678&sr=8-1&keywords=singer+9970) , but she does not actually own the machine. Do you guys have any experience with it?
I am feeling a little lost and have been trying to think about the characteristics I would like in a new machine.
I want it too last. . . (It does not have to last the 30+ years of my old machine, but I don't want to have to buy a new one for a good while)
I want to be able to quilt through lots of fabric. I use my machine to quilt, and make purses out of upholstery fabric and sometimes sew denim.
I would like to be able to lower the feed dogs (this is something my old machine could not do but I think it would be fun to learn to free motion quilt).
I am looking to spend less than $500.
I am sure there are other things but I cannot think right now. . .