Friday, May 24, 2013
Out with the Old, in with the New
Otherwise known as my freaking Singer is dying a horrible, loud, metallic yet squeaky, non-buttonhole forming death and I have headed her demise off at the pass and replaced her with a Brother CS6000i.
It'll be my first Brother machine.
I started out on my mom's Kenmore, affectionately known as the "gut buster" because you had to get its 20 plus all metal pounds from the upper reaches of the bedroom closet to even start sewing. When I started sewing heavily in high school, it stayed set up on a trunk at the foot of my bed and I sat on the floor and sewed. Hey, it worked - there was nowhere in my room for a table and I couldn't sew in the rest of the house.
When I moved out, I tried to take the Kenmore with me, on the logic that I was the only one who used it. But it was not to be. Mom visited my apartment and repo'd the machine, and I ended up with some crappy plastic job from a local chain store that lasted about 2 years. The best thing about that machine was the store credit card - the interest was horrific, but at least I had credit. And a sewing machine.
After that, there was a secondhand Necchi that I got from a friend of a friend. That sewed like a dream until one evening greasy smoke started billowing from its innards. Mr. Necchi left in a hurry.
That was followed by a Singer that lasted me at least 10 years; that was replaced by an old boyfriend (who was gratified that my kind of shiny gift objects were power tools or sewing machines) with another Singer. That lasted until shortly after I bought my house; it was replaced by the predecessor to the currently deathbed machine. When it kicked, I tried to have it repaired but the repair would have cost more than the machine was worth.
My sense of thrift is offended that it costs more to fix things than replace them, but I'm also no fool with my money. If I can replace for less, or close to it, then I will.
The current Singer has lasted for about 2.5 years of daily sewing, sometimes for several hours a day, on any and every type of fabric. It was about $129 new.
I think I got my money's worth, but it still irks me. I also think it was having problems before this happened. That just seemed to exacerbate it.
I read reviews on Patternreview; I looked at machines at SewVac Direct and Ken's Sewing; I asked my sewing friends on Facebook. I eventually looked at Amazon. The machine I'm getting had 28 reviews on PR, mostly all positive. There were 1,612 reviews on Amazon, giving it 4.5 stars.
And despite wanting to buy the machine from SewVac or Ken's, I ended up going with Amazon because it was more than $30 cheaper. Again, I'm no fool with my money, especially when there's less of it coming in.
Brother will be here soon. I'm expecting great things, but really, I'll settle for no squeaks, no thumps, no metallic grinding noises and really good buttonholes.