Tuesday, October 27, 2009


Here is my very basic sewing machine. I bought this in 1992 or 1993, shortly after I got married. The only needlework I did then was cross stitch and the occasional felt ornament kit, but I had a burning desire to make a quilt, and piecing one by hand was a horrifying thought. It took a while for my husband to warm up to the idea of me spending money on a sewing machine, but he came around when he realized I could buy a basic model pretty cheaply. Without researching at all, I went to Sears and bought this Kenmore.

I have to say, sewing has not come easy to me. Things never turn out perfectly. I jokingly blame the machine. If I had a better machine, this hem would look neater. If I had a better machine, these seams would match. I stick to simple projects (no clothes!) and am satisfied with the results, though I never claim to be good at this, and I would never dream of trying to sell anything I make. Gosh, no.

I have entertained the thought of buying a better machine, and my perfect excuse to do so came last week when this machine stopped working with a screech and a shudder. I took it to the sewing center, and the repair estimate came back, more money than I had originally paid for the machine. Ouch. Was it worth it? Visions of a fancy new machine danced through my head. But being the realist that I am, I knew the repair costs were a small fraction of what a fancy new machine would set us back, and would I even be able to figure out how to operate a fancy new machine? Do I want to go through the stress of selecting a new machine, trying to decide what features I want, and justifying the expense to a frugal husband? Eeesh, no. I'll stick to my very basic Kenmore, thanks. So here it is again, all cleaned up and spiffy, and I am ready to get back to that quilt I am making.


The Garden Bell said...

I will be nice to see this mummmming away again and all your new creations

Michele T. said...

I've had a number of hand me down Singer's over the years, my mom's and my grandmother's. I never got them fixed but would move on to the next one (obviously I don't sew much). But last year I decided to buy a new machine, a Brother for about $100 at amazon.com. I've used it a couple times, most recently to run a straight seam for Z.'s Halloween costume. I spent more time figuring out how to use the automatic threader, than sewing I think (although I think I will remember this from now on, it was easy I was just missing the logic of one step). I don't even know what other fancy things it does because all I really do is straight seams. I will say though, that this was the best straight seam I have sewn since using my mom's then new Singer machine back in the 70's. It was perfect, no bunching up in the back (and I was anything but consistent with my pedal foot). So, at least for this one time, I felt like my purchase was worth it :-)