So, I think I need a new sewing machine. Well, I know I need a new one, mine is rubbish and always has been, but is finally on it's last legs!
The machine I have now is the most basic of basic (it's a joy's machine - which is fine for sewing the dolls, but not for anything a bit tougher), and I got it in a swap for some fabric from a friend (see how cheap and nasty it is!), it's now about 5 years old, and has served me and her well but it's needing to go into retirement and I need a new baby to play with!
So, I have a pretty much unlimited budget (thank you hubby), but I am thinking I'd like to pay around £500 or £600 (because I am a sensible bunny really).
I've looked around and I am liking the look of huskvarnas, they seem easy to understand (a must for a techno phobe like me), but what about the huskystar? Does anyone know about that one? Am I better off going for a fully fledged huskvarna? If I am looking at one of those, should I go the extra mile (and pay the extra pennies) and opt for a Bernina? Or is that just being a bit flash?
What about janome? Pfaff? Elna? Other makes? I have heard mostly negative things about Brother, and I must admit I haven't liked the look of most of them (weird fancy features that I can't see the point in). The same with singer (I had a singer before and it was a nightmare, it put me off machine sewing for years).
So, this is what I need;
a strong basic machine that can quilt (by that I mean go through thick layers, and do a few fancy stitches, but not a million)
a drop feed thingy for free motion quilting
a knee lift would be nice, but not essential
something reliable and easy to use
HELP ME PLEASE!!!
Tell me what you use and why I should buy it.
Thank you very much x
EDIT (9am 28th May); I am going to Manchester today to a shop called Bamber's (family run, big sewing shop) and they have all sorts (including Berninas...oooohhhhh!!!!) So wish me luck! I have a little selection of fabrics with me to test on, I have hubby's credit card on hand...I'll let you know how I get on later today. Blimey, I am so excited. I am actually grinning right now!
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