New machine

I just went out and bought myself a new sewing machine. Mine died in the middle of the Storm at Sea quilt so I’ve been using borrowed machines. But when my friends and I get together to sew then we have share machines and it doesn’t work so well. I’m trying not to spend any unnecessary money right now but I figured this was essential for my mental health.

I ended up getting a very basic Singer at WalMart for $98. My previous machine was a $100 Kenmore that lasted 10 years. I only really need to be able to go forward and backward. I don’t use the thousands of fancy stitches on big machines. Two nice features this machine has that the old one didn’t are an automatic needle threader and an adjustable width to the satin stitches. With that I may finally develop some skill at applique – or maybe just decrease my intense dislike of it.


  • Josh

    Hello it was an absolute pleasure to come across, and read your blog. You really have some interesting information that I will have to share with my wife. If your ever looking for fabrics Lauren & I would be more than willing to help. Just let us know. Have a great evening.

    Josh & Lauren

  • Deirdre

    Oh no! save the receipt -and go and check out a sewing machine/vacuum store and see if theyhave any trade ins. Or call goodwill, or yard sales.

    The quality has gone down so much on the walmart singers and brothers, that you need to make sure you bring it back to Walmart if there are ANY ISSUES. Sometimes you can get lucky and get a good one but usually the timing goes right away.

    Not trying to upset you – its important that you sew with a good machine – its so much easier to do. But a turned in older singer or Elna, Bernina, etc will work forever – they might not be the most beautiful things to sew on but often their stitches will make you sing! FYI – I found 2 Bernina’s at a repair place, I paid 29 for one and 69 for the other! They are still running strong!

    😀 eirdre

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