Sewing Maching Meme

Sew Mama Sew is having a Sewing Machine Month, kicking off with this meme.  I found this interesting, and thought you might too.  Here it goes;  

What brand and model do you have?  

I have a Singer Feather Weight 221

How long have you had it?

I have had my machine a bit more than 5 years.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

Feather Weights are antique machines, and the cost varies greatly based on the condition of the machine; however, you can generally find a machine in good working condition that doesn't look perfect for about $500 on e-bay.

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

I sew almost everything!  Clothing, home dec objects, and craft items come off my machine the most though.  I like to sew practical objects that are also pretty, and reuse or restyle fabric and trim as often as possible.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

I would say that my machine gets about 5 to 10 hours of sewing a week.  Sometimes that is very light work, stitching up kids clothes in quilt weight fabric, and sometimes it is much heavier work, like making bags in home dec weight fabric.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

Most of the time I think I take my machine for granted, because she simply works.  My machine is not fancy, and cannot do any of the cool things that the newer models do, but night and day, stitch after stitch she works without complaint.

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

My machine is a straight stitch only machine, so it doesn't really have much in the way of features; however, my machine has accessories that allow it to do many of the things the modern machines can do.  Many of these accessories are available on-line at really low prices.  So far my favorite accessory is my buttonhole attachment that was about $10 on eBay.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

My machine does not have a zigzag stitch and I wish it did, because it would be much easier to sew knits with a zigzag stitch.  So far I haven't been able to find an attachment that will make it zigzag either.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

My machine was given to me by my grandmother on the day of my wedding.  It had been her machine since the day of her wedding when it was given to her by her mother.  I hope to one day give this machine to my daughter or son on the day of their wedding continuing this tradition.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

I would definitely recommend this machine for anyone that is beginning to sew, or needs a good machine that doesn't cost  a lot.  Why?  Again, this machine is simple, and it simply works.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

After having a machine with a lot of cool features that completely died after about 1 year of use, that most important feature to look for in a machine for me is durability and serviceability.

Do you have a dream machine?

My dream machine, at the moment, the the Husqvarna Viking Scandinavia 300.  It is one of their lower end machines.  I am very impressed with Viking's continual commitment to strong durable machines.


 Do you sew?  What kind of machine do you use?  I would love to see your answers to these questions.  If you decide to do this meme, please let me know.