Hello busy people! Thank you for reading my post.
I am a life-long fabric/sewing junky, but still possess pretty limited sewing skills.
I have collected and been given many many machines over the years - some I have never even tried to use. I am now feeling that it's the time to seriously set up a space for these endeavors, and refine my machine stash - and preferably get a machine that works really really well, so that when I get time to sew i am not fussing with the machine the whole time. I have three kids under five yrs, so messing around with thread tension and crappy stitches for 45 minutes out of an hour long work session is a drag.
I wonder if anyone can say thumbs up or down about any of these machines - or recommend the dream machine for my usage; quilting, various thicknesses (thick! sometimes upholstery weight) of fabrics, strong, reliable, able to do silk and delicate fabrics also. i do not need a lot of fancy stitch styles - zig-zag and straight stitch work just fine for me. But I am kind of all over the place in terms of the stuff I do - being able to quilt (move the fabric around without breaking needles...) would be a big plus.
ok - the short list of my singerssinger 9117
- (needs work, though - presser foot is messed up - have it fixed? or no?) i have never used this machine, recently came to me...singer merritt 4019
- heavy, but i always seem to be messing around trying to get the stitches running clean. has been serviced and is in good working order - maybe it's me!singer 348
with table - good working order, purchased from my old-timey machine repair guysinger touch&sew zig-zag model 758
(or 75S?) - never used this one singer slant-o-matic - 403 special
- just got this from my nana! it's ooooold.
ok - i just read about the Bernina Aurora, which sounds heavenly. but i can not afford $1000 plus for a machine. I am about to embark on some sewing for $$ projects, though. Should I just ditch the old Singers and set my sights on a newer model machine?
thanks for your thoughts!