Sew Mama Sew put out this Meme, and asked us (the readers) to give reviews of our sewing machine. So...here goes! If you'd like to play along, head on over to Sew Mama Sew and link up.
What brand and model do you have?
I have a Brother EX 660
How long have you had it?
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
A hodge podge. Clothes for my daughter, flannel baby blankets and burp cloths, aprons...
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I sew approximately two hours a week, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I love my machine - it's perfect for a beginner. She doesn't have a name...yet.
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
I love how easy it is to thread, and the clear cover over the bobbin so I can keep tabs on my thread level. I love the "backstitch button" and that the needle always ends in the Down position when I take my foot off the pedal.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Not really! Oh, except...it used to have a needle threader, but it got caught on an extremely fluffy pair of socks I was working on (I thought they'd make great baby leg warmers!) and bent so far out of shape, it hasn't threaded a needle in nearly a year and a half. *sob*
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!
The machine was a gift from my parents...just like all my other major crafting supplies! (What can I say - Dad likes to promote his kids' passions and hobbies!) I was so excited when I got it, but didn't really get into sewing until a year and a half later, when I was 7 months pregnant with my second child. Suddenly, the Nesting Urge hit and all I wanted to do was sew scraps of cloth together to make things. (That's the same time I opened up my Etsy shop as well!)
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
I definitely would, especially to a beginner. The machine is light-weight, very portable and on the lower-end of the price spectrum. (I actually did recommend this machine to a friend, and she bought it for her daughter's birthday last week!)
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
You need to look at what you're going to be doing to the machine. My Brother machine is not meant, for example, to sew circus tents or work with leather. However, if you're a home crafter, a machine like mine is perfect.
Do you have a dream machine?
I don't know enough about machines to really dream about other ones yet...but someday, if my crafting keeps up this pace, and I actually start all the projects that are swimming around in my head, I'd like to step up to a slightly more powerful machine.
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