Thursday, June 18, 2009

The New Addition

So, apparently, this month is Sew Mama Sew's Sewing Machine Month - which is lucky, because I just got a new (old) one! My grandfather, sweet fellow that he his, went out of his way to purchase a used Bernina 931 Record machine that I'd been looking at the day before at a local shop. Since then, I haven't had much time to work on it, but I've set it up quite nicely on my desk. Starting yesterday, though, I'm on vacation from work, so the machine's activity level should go up nicely.

To go along with sewing machine month were some fun questions, which I'll answer as best I can!

What Brand and Model do you have?
I've got a Bernina Record, 931 Electronic.

How long have you had it?
Just a few weeks, really - maybe two? But it is pre-owned.

What types of things do you sew? How much wear-and-tear will the machine get?
I'm going to be sewing stuff for a new Etsy shop I'm setting up, as well as a bunch of stuff for school - clothing, home and knitting accessories. This machine is pretty sturdy - one of the reasons I wanted it, and it will see a LOT of work. The next step up will be when I graduate, and get a Juki or Janome.

Do you love/hate your machine?
She and I are just getting to know each other, still.

What factors are important to you when buying a machine?
I definitely need something sturdy that can handle most fabrics, including lightweights and heavyweights. I prefer a metal-bodied machine to a plastic one, since I'm not going to be transporting it much. It should have a pretty good arm reach, which this one lacks a little, but for anything I need that this machine won't do, I'll go to the school's industrial labs. So basically, I need all the features of an industrial without the actual industrial capacity. Oh, and the machine should be fast! And easy to change the feet on! And have lots of feet! And a buttonhole feature!

Do you have a dream machine?
Yes, someday I'd like to own an industrial machine, probably a Juki or a Janome, with a long arm lockstitch, as well as an industrial serger. I think I could get on without the machine as long as I had an industrial serger.


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