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Sewing Machine

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Well, I keep fluctuating between loosing and regaining those last four pounds. Still, I am pretty proud of the progress I did make! Now I need to be careful not to backslide. Thankfully my Fitbit keeps me on my toes!!

For now, I need to shift my goals. My sewing machine died yesterday. For those of you who know me well know what a tragedy this is! I make all my own clothes and I love love love sewing! I am kind of stressed over not being able to finish the project I was in the middle of or the dress I was making to wear to my cousin's wedding in October.

So, I immediately went to the sewing machine store. Whoa. I was seriously not prepared to see those price tags!! I nearly went into shock! They range from $350 to over $3,000!! Clearly it has been a LONG time since I had gone shopping for a machine and I wasn't paying car/health insurance, rent, buying my own groceries, etc. at the time. Eep!! Time to re-budget my entire life!

I immediately began lusting after a $1,000 sewing machine, of course, but knew there was just no way. So I began to look around and ask lots and lots of questions. I looked into Singer, and sadly that great old American name is no longer. They have been bought out so many times they are just making unreliable junk now. Then I looked into Brother. The higher end ones are generally made or at least assembled here but they are in the $1,000 range as well. The lower end ones are made in China but they are pretty reliable. However, the lower end once all seem to have an issue with "bobbin vomit" from the reviews I have read. Anyone who sews knows what a headache that can be! Then I began looking at the JUKIs which I remember using in class in college. Those things were TANKS. Of course, we were using commercial machines. The ones I looked at at the store were the only ones still made entirely of metal so they were quite substantial. Several JUKI owners assured me they are still tanks. They are all still being made in Japan as they were from the beginning. These machines also run between $1,000-$3,000, however, I just found one online for $400 with free shipping and it includes the accessory package which you normally have to purchase separately. So, for the same price as a middle of the line Brother I can get basically a commercial machine that does things I never even imagined!!! Now, to fiddle with my budget so I can hopefully afford this new machine.
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    I need to dust off my little Brother. Haven't used it for a while. May need to replace it.
    1751 days ago
    I had a Janome for years, it was a great little machine - not too pricey, which is why I went with it. (If you haven't ordered already.)
    1757 days ago
  • SISSYP63
    I haven't sewed in years, I mean years! In late 90's would make quilts, then I got burnt out. That's awesome you make your clothes! I hope new sewing machine you get works out like you want it!

    That FitBit, I really-really like mine! Like what will think of next, lol! I just want to motivate me to move more. Can't thank you enough for telling me about yours, thanks so much!
    1757 days ago
    Have you tried CraigsList or Ebay? There are always people selling their grandmas or parents for a great price. They have no idea what it is worth and usually you can get a good price.
    1757 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I would think that making your own clothes would be a tremendous incentive to not regain any weight. Especially the stuff you make. Whoopah! Excellent work comparison shopping. And you could always ask for donations to the sewing machine fund instead of anniversary presents or Solstice/haunnakah/christmas.
    1757 days ago
    I can't even sew a button so I don't know what to tell you on the models and brands, besides that it sounds like a wonderful hobby that brings you happiness so you shouldn't deny yourself anything emoticon Keep producing lovely things!
    1757 days ago
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