Sewing Machine Question... and my life in a coconut-shell

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

So I am encouraging myself to walk to work (well, except today and tomorrow) because a) I am really, really close; b) most of my off-site meetings -- if given enough warning -- can still be made by adding the walk back up to my car as travel time; c) sure, I'm saving a lot on gas, but walking saves me more; and d) this:

That, really, is the most pressing reason to walk to work.

I've been really bad post-move. My only excuse is that we're still getting settled, but it really is just an excuse. Downside to my new location: it is really easy to say "I don't wanna" and skip out on Belly Dancing because it's far away now, and I have to drive through traffic to get there. So I skipped out yesterday.

I'm going to start kicking yesterday's butt: with a vengeance! Tonight I have my sister's Bday dinner (Montana's... who new that Sparkpeople had practically nothing in their tracker from Montana's?) and a movie, but before that: a farewell to VR.

My rock climbing gym is closing for a month. So all that waffling I was doing in September about getting a second pass? Yeah, I have a monthly at Coyote now, because I'm going to need it. Technically VR closes on Thursday, but as I don't climb on Wednesdays or Thursdays, tonight is my farewell. I'll be back at VR November 4th for their re-opening EXTRA-VA-PALOOSA, but until then...

So. Yes. Tonight I climb. Tomorrow I begin regularly scheduled swimming with a friend who tore her ACL falling wrong mid-September (she's going stir-crazy). Thursday, I plan on hitting up my first drop-in ballet class! *urk* still need to call the studio and find out what is required apparel-wise. Friday, I'm giving a tour to one of the higher-ups at Coyote as someone who's a lower-level climber who wants to learn: perhaps in the near future I'll have memberships all over!

Also happening Thursday (and potentially this weekend as well) is a trip to fabricland. Not for me, but for friends. And maybe me. *hmmmmm*

Questions for all those sewers:
Does anyone have a specific sewing machine that they recommend. I have a history of having sewing machines taking one looking at me and committing suicide. Not sure why. A friend has recommended to me the Brother that occasionally goes on sale at Costco, but I've heard that I should really, really go with Singer as they're the hardiest of the breed.

What are your thoughts?
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    You'll get back with it. What a lovely walk you have! Wish I could suggest sewing machines, but it's been a while since I've sewn.

    1991 days ago
    Great photo of your walk. Excellent reason to want to get out and walk to work. As to sewing machines, I swear by Berninas. Mine's a gem that I've had for almost 20 years. Never had anything wrong with it (touch wood!)
    1991 days ago
    My mom has a Kenmore that is 26 years plus old and going strong. One of the ups to an older model is that it is made with steel and metal. A lot of newer ones are made with plastic which breaks and requires more maintenance.

    All in all, if you have the money, you are a serious sewer and will be using it a lot, the cream of the crop is a Bernina. But it's expensive. Like in the thousands of dollars. So unless you are going to be sewing clothing and/or stuff you are going to sell, it's not worth it.

    Singer is the sew machine brand. They stuff is quality, but a lot of the "cheaper" models are just that "cheap." Heck I can go to Walmart and get a Hello Kitty Singer sew machine for around $60, but that doesn't mean I won't have issues.

    I would go with Singer, and in fact you might want to check out local thrift store and craigslist to see if you can find another one cheap. Unfortunately though, most people hang on to the good sew machines, so it's hard to find an older model. Also with older models, they are made to be repaired and parts are still available. But with the newer stuff, they change stuff so often forcing customers to get a new model.

    I would recommend going to a craft/fabric store and see what they have to offer. Ask them about what they use and the fixablity. Plus most store will show you the proper way to use it, because even my mom forgets how to do something on her's occasionally, and it messes up.

    Good luck! Hope this helps!

    1991 days ago
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    OOOOoohhh That road looks divine. Fall is so beautiful, isn't it? Settling into a new routine after a move can be very tricky. I hope you find what works for you soon!
    1991 days ago
    nice view on your walk to work. I have had a sears kenmore for over 35 years and just had my first problem with it, a gear went bad no biggie.
    1991 days ago
    Wowwwwwwwww. That walk looks beautiful! As long as it isn't pouring down rain or freezing cold, go for it!

    I have never heard of Montana's? But I have run into a few places with zero spark entries and I usually search and try to find a similar item or see if I can even add some info from the restaurant's website. Good for you for trying to track though!

    And I can't even sew a button so no help here on the machine, sorry!
    1992 days ago
    In small towns where people can walk to work and to shop, people are generally healthier and live longer. I think it's a combination of more exercise and fewer pollutants because fewer people use their cars for short hops to the store.

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    1992 days ago
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