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What type of sewing machine lives at your house?

Well, you all know the machine that has served me well for 3 years now.
Click here if you don’t.

 

I get asked frequently what type of sewing machine I use but every time I answer, I think….“Gee, that doesn’t help much. It’s only one type and one person and one preference.” (oh, and one small budget…..believe me, there are pricey machines that I would love to have living at my house. If you know of any swanky machines looking for a place to live, call me….)

 

So, I was thinking…..let’s ask the rest of you.

 

Then I can refer people to this post. And,Why not? You all collectively have a lot more advice than I do.

 

So share it with me. I’m actually really curious what others like.

 
So leave a comment and include:
  1. Brand and model of sewing machine.
  2. Your favorite feature of your sewing machine.
  3. Something that bugs you about your machine.
  4. Price range


I’ll start:

  1. Singer 7444
  2. It has a wide stitch selection. I love having options. Oh, and I love that it’s computerized.
  3. The button-hole setting is very finicky. Sometimes it makes me so steamin’ mad. And I mean steamin’. Grrrr……that is the ONE thing that actually makes me want a new one.
  4. $200

 

Okay, if you have a minute…….go on and share.

 

Don’t be shy.

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

Comments

  1. Barbara says:

    My first sewing (machine) were my hands. That was what my mom started me on first around 6 yrs old. She had a Necchi supernova that I still have. I used it a lot in middle school. When I went to college my oarents got me a Sears model that I basically wore out in my clothing and textile classes. And then baby clothes, house stuff etc. When my grandmother left me some money, I bought myself a Viking Husqvarna 6570 in beautiful maroon red. When it started having problems(after a long time and a lot of crazy contract stitching) I went thru a big learning process on how to address the problems via vintage sewing groups on yahoo and I still have that one today! I have been able to salvage/ tune her up her thru finding the rt repair people. It is an awesome machine. I also have an Elna L5 serger. And I really appreciate the Necchi now!

    1. Barbara says:

      Oh forgot! With my whole inheritance and a loooong decision I paid $900 thru snail mail / phone to a dealer that had advertised in the Vogue Pattern Magazine. They were over 1100$ At the sewing machine store near me.

  2. Diego says:

    Brother SE400
    One of the best attributes of this product is a vivid view on the LCD display. I am very pleased with this feature. In this way, you can have a great assurance that you can achieve the quality results on your projects.
    Price range: $300

  3. Caitlyn says:

    I have a Singer zig zag 416.

    It was my grandmas and was passed down to my mom after she died. My mom gave it to me yesterday :)

    I have only made one thing on it and have had it less than 24 hours so I’m not sure what I like/dislike yet but at this point I’m just glad to have one! I’m 18 and can’t wait to learn how to sew better.

  4. john carry says:

    I had a Brother SE400 Sewing and Embroidery Machine, I love it.

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  6. Olivia Rosen says:

    This is way after the original post haha, but I have a singer one. I got it at Joann’s and I think it is originally $350 or $450, but I got it on sale for $250.

  7. Orchid says:

    Well, the machine I’m using is my sister’s Singer 5050c.

    I’ve only just begun to use it this quarter, but so far, its’ been a pretty reliable machine. While it doesn’t have an automatic threader, I like that it is so simple to operate.

    Worse thing, well, that would have to be trying to identify the sewing feet that came with it (I have no idea what some of them are for).

    I don’t know how much her sewing machine cost since she received it as a gift a few year ago.

  8. IMO says:

    I have a few machines.
    In 1978 I purchased, brand new, a Husqvarna Viking 6460. It came with 8 cams and I bought 3 or 4 more….so I have a machine that does somewhere around a million different stitches! I sewed up a storm with this baby…underwear for hubby, kids and self, lingerie, bathing suits, gowns, men’s & little boy’s matching 3 piece suits, winter coats, stuffed animals with fun fur, upholstery, jeans, sleeping bags & comforters, draperies and much much more. It breezes thru everything from the sheerest, most delicate fabrics all the way to vinyls and heavy, stiff leather (like for shoes). I haven’t made shoes yet….but could because my Viking also sews thru 16-18 layers of heavy denim without even groaning. It’s all metal, very solid, quiet and smooth-running. It’s an absolute dream of a machine….never had any problems with it….until a few years ago. I had not used my machine for a couple years and when I went to use it again, it would only sew in reverse. I took it to the repair shop. I was told it would cost about $250-$300 to repair and would only have a 1 year warranty on the repairs. I think the repair guy just wanted to sell me a new machine, because I found out later I could have just removed the back of the machine and used a warm hairdryer on it to soften the lubrication that had hardened from sitting unused for those couple years. (DUH!). I paid $900 for this machine in 1978 (which was pricey 40 years ago)…with a 25 year warranty….it was worth every penny…and then some. One of the best investments I’ve ever made.

    For the amount ($300) to REPAIR my Viking I could buy a Brother Pacesetter PS1250 and have a 25 year warranty….so about 12 years ago…I did. It has less stitches but it’s a sturdy little machine and was good enough for my purposes. It does have a lot of plastic but is still quite heavy, it runs quietly and doesn’t ‘travel’ when I sew at high speeds. I love it! It ALSO will sew thru the same 16-18 layers of heavy denim without even groaning.

    However, I REALLY longed for my Viking…so I had it repaired….and am now a happy sewist!

    I have 2 more machines – both from the 50’s or 60’s. Inherited…so I don’t know the prices. All metal, electric, etc. One (a HEAVY DUTY capability) is currently being used by one of my adult children to sew leather car seats….I think it’s either a Singer or a White? The other one is not useable because it’s missing the bobbin holder.

    I also have a Babylock Imagine Serger…purchased about 5 or 6 years ago for $1600. new from dealer. Simple to thread with the JetAir thread system. Great machine but I still haven’t taken advantage of all it’s capabilities…..it does a LOT of stuff!

    Plus, I have a Brother Serger 1034-D….still unused, new, in box, UP FOR SALE.

    My sister has the Brother sewing/embroidery machine and loves it. Purchased thru Amazon last year for around $200. She also has the same Viking I have, purchased at the same time and never had any problems with it. The Viking Husqvarna 6460 was and still is the absolute best machine, in my opinion.

  9. Kristen says:

    Brother 6000…..kind if frustrated with it right now. Tension having to so with bobbin casing causing some challenges. I clean it regularly too. Hope to get a Juki tl 2010 or 8700 with servo motor. Bother are straight stitch. The tl2019q is semi-industrial just for quilts and the second is industrial. I’m tired of messing around with plastic parts. These are solid and cheaper than a bunch I’ve looked at. Some real food for thought here about other machines!! :))

  10. CatiCat says:

    Hum… Bernett 82e, half of the name didn’t appear >:(

  11. CatiCat says:

    Bernina

    I love the needle up/needle down feature and the speed control override slider (I do very small pieces – mainly plushes- and I bought it specifically for the speed control). And that it’s not computerized. Yeah, I know, they’re good too, but look at cars: when cars were all mechanical, they lasted 20+ years. Now that hey’re mostly wired, ahem… I prefer mecanical sewing machines hehe. I also love the stitch selection and the looks of the machine.

    Things I don’t like. Really close to the needle up/down button there’s a continuous automatic sewing (I don’t know the real name) button. If you press it by accident it starts sewing like mad at max speed. Another thing that bugged me in the beginning is the placement of the back stitch thingy, it would me more comfortable if it was to the right side of the machine. But I’ve gotten used to it now so it’s not important.

    Price range. I bought it for 389 euros. I thought it through because for me, new at sewing, this was a very big investment and I wanted to be happy about it for many years.

    Truth is, I know someday I’ll inherit my mom’s sewing machine, an old 80’s Singer that is a beast of a machine. It’s not better than mine right now, but it’s a heavy duty one that has repaired almost all of my jeans and I really like it.

  12. Josephine says:

    I have a Babylock Denim Buster 1506. I like it and have fixed 3 items with it now! Just got it! for $25 off craigslist.
    Then I went and picked up a White 2134 (in a solid wood cabinet) for only $12. Needs a bobbin case and a light bulb. Plus I should clean it. Last Sat. I got a Wards J1414 for FREE! I threw out the cheap cabinet and kept the very dirty but running machine! Now I need to start sewing!!! But I love my vintage machines!

  13. Kirsten R says:

    Brother CS-6000
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE that I don’t need the presser foot. It has a start stop button that’s just such a help seeing as how I don’t have a lot of space and my sewing table is my computer table AND my makeup table and underneath I store boxes so half the time I end up sewing with my legs propped up on a box so I can scootch my chair closer to the machine.
    One thing I don’t like about it is the broken bobbin winder. Not sure what’s wrong or how it happened but it happened and I hate having to wind bobbins… I need a side-winder thing.
    I actually don’t know how much it cost. Couple of hundred maybe. My mom had purchased it years ago thinking she was going to get back into sewing but she didn’t and it ended up sitting in the cupboard for years. Last year she brought it out to actually start sewing again but the machine was too much for her and she traded me for my simple $80 machine… made me so happy.
    I love my machine <3

  14. Angela says:

    Babylock Elizabeth
    It can do almost everything and has a ton of feet inclued.
    Everything is perfect!
    $700-$1000. I got it for $1000 but with 3 years of free classes included at “Eddies’s Quilting Bee” in CA, San Jose (I think)

  15. Meg says:

    Husqvarna Viking Sew Easy 320. I think that it is about 16 years old. I put it on layaway and remember the day I got to bring it home.
    I absolutley love the machine. My mom had a White and I think I learned four-letter words while she sewed on it. My Husqvarna has never ever (knock on wood) given me a single problem. It just keeps on sewing. It has a great amount of stitches and a powerful motor.
    I still don’t use the button hole option very well, but I am sure that is operator error.
    I think that I spent between 200.00-300.00 for it. I really don’t remember.

    I also have a:
    Husqvarna Huskyloc 901. I think that it is about 5 years old. My husband gave it to me for a Christmas present.
    It is a great machine for serging, hemming and sofourth.
    The thread guide is a little small to see for rethreading.
    I am not sure how much it cost. If I had to guess I would say 300.00.

  16. Yvonne D says:

    1. I have a Singer 9940. I wanted to go with a computerized machine, my first computerized machine.

    2.For the most part I like it, I like the computerized ability to flip and or rotate the stitches.

    3. However, I have yet to make multiple buttonholes on a single garment with out one or two going horribly wrong to the point of having to rip out the entire failed buttonhole, and it is maddeningly frustrating have to rip out a buttonhole. It is also a bit fussy with bobbins, full bobbins of either the type 15 or 15j will run fun, but once some bobbins get about three-quarters empty, the bobbin will jam from the bobbin lifting up enough for the needle thread to catch on the bobbin. This seems to be less of a problem with the 15j bobbins. It took me a while to figure out what was happening, and I haven’t had a chance to figure out if using the 15j bobbins are the answer.

    4. $600

    1b. My serger… I’m another Brother 1034D owner. I first used a serger at a garment factory, many years ago. I likened it to getting thrown off a bridge to learn to swim.. but it made owning my first serger easy to use, I guess I got the hard part out of the way… My first serger was a Singer 3/4 thread with no differential. I love, love, love the differential on the Brother 1034D. I also like the ease of changing to a rolled hem, no changing the needle plate like the Singer. The Brother has handled everything I have thrown at it.

    3. downside? I really haven’t found one.

    4. $200-$230 I forgot. I asked for giftcards that year and used those towards it.

  17. Emily says:

    TECHNICALLY- I have 4 machines. I really only use 2 though (the others are old Singer machines that run great, but are tough to adjust the settings)

    1. Brother LX2500
    2. Easy to work
    3. Stupid tension and breaking thread! (I’ve had it for 13 years and I still can’t get it right!)
    4. Less than $100

    1. Brother Innov-is 1200
    2. Love the embroidery designs. Love the quality. Love the easy needle threader!
    3. Nothing so far (I’ve only had it for a couple weeks)
    4. Found it used for $250- retail value of $1200.

  18. Staci HIngst says:

    I guess I should have posted all my machines–
    “A”
    Singer Quantum Stylist 9960
    I love the stitch selection, and the large sewing platform.
    This machine is fairly new to me and I havent found anyhting that I dislike about it yet.
    I purchased this machine off Amazon and it was 389.00.

    “B”
    Brother Embroidery and sewing LB 6800
    When I bought it, one of the options was 22,000 extra embroidery patterns. I have made some cool stuff with it and very cute designs.
    I have not played with this alot, and so far I have not found a way to reduce the image size, although it apears to be an option, but this may be user error.
    I purched this off Amazon as well for 500.00.

    “C”
    Singer Seger’ I love the finished edge look
    I struggled with rethreading the machine with new thread as it has four spools of thread, but got it finished.
    I purchased this at Sears for 300.00.
    I love all my machines, and use them all on specific progects.
    My three best friends, Sergio, Broidery, and Singer. Love my men!!

  19. Staci HIngst says:

    I have the Singer Quantum Stylist 9960
    I love the stitch selection, and the large sewing platform.
    This machine is fairly new to me and I havent found anyhting that I dislike about it yet.
    I purchased this machine off Amazon and it was 389.00.

  20. Jacqui says:

    Hi
    I doubt anyone is reading this far down, but wanted to be involved anyway :P

    I have a Brother BC-2100 also known as something else in the project runway edition, but identical machines.

    Sells for between $300-$400 in most stores, but I got it off Amazon for around $160! So look around :)

    I’m a very beginner sewer, but it has been such a dream that I’ve actually started making clothes to sell in small quantities. That’s how easy this machine makes sewing! The manual is my best friend and it comes with a decent amount of feet and accessories in my opinion.

    It’s computerised, which I LOVE! Has 1 step buttonholes, drop in bobbins, needle threader and 40 stitches!

    I HATE that I can’t use cheap thread in it…every time I do it snaps or I get an error or it tangles like crazy at the bottom of the garment, but pop in Gutterman or similar thread and it runs like a dream!

    It doesn’t “need” oiling…I don’t know if this is going to mean it needs more frequent shop maintenance, I guess time will tell.

    I’ve just bought a Brother 1034D overlocker/serger to complement my machine, so hopefully soon I can tell you about that too :)

    Feel free to follow my sewing adventures on FB and let me know that you came from here for a special bonus :) http://www.fb.com/MyLittleOwlHandmade

    Thanks,

    Jacqui

    1. IMO says:

      My Viking 6460 ‘didn’t need oiling’ either. The dealer said….just the little bit that accumulates at the ‘side of your nose’….the machine worked for 23 years like a dream….I REALLY worked it. Then let it sit unused for a couple years and the lubrication dried up & I needed to get it repaired. Works just fine now.

      The one thing I DID learn…ANY moving parts on anything NEED LUBRICATION. Makes sense. Doesn’t it? When you take your machine in for servicing/check-ups they’ll lube it for you.

  21. Mary M says:

    I have a New Home (now Janome) Memory Craft 6000. I bought it at the Los Angeles County Fair in 1985 ( or there abouts) for $1100. It seemed allot at the time. But it has been a dream machine. I was a beginner when I bought it. So I gradually grew into it, and all of it’s features.
    It was one of the first computerized machines. It came with 10 different feet. I found buying a walking foot for heavy fabrics made it just perfect for all fabrics. What I truly love about the machine is it was very intuitive. It made learning to sew a joy. 27 years later I now love to heirloom sew and make smocked dresses on it. It has grown with me.
    I also recommend adding a serger when you can. It definitely make your garments much more professional looking.
    I have a PFAFF Hobbylock 776 that I also bought at the fair. You can try out 100’s of machines at the fair. They have experts there to demonstrate to you. Then you can decide which features you want or will use.

  22. Elaine says:

    Bernina
    I bought it in 1987 for $900
    I LOVE everything about it! It is virtually maintainence free and can do anything I ask it to do!

  23. Elysha says:

    I’m a beginner so I thought I’d just buy a used machine from Gumtree. It took me a long time to shop for a sewing machine counting all the reviews I read and being a beginner I just thought buying used machine to help me practice is better than nothing. So I got a Necchi 270 for £20. I bought it because the previous owner had used once and kept in storage for a year and hadn’t used it since. Despite the bad reviews, the only thing that drives me mad is the noice it makes. I love everything about it (despite the noice! grrrr), my first machine and I’m still learning.

  24. Lena says:

    I have a horse.. Kenmore 158.13450
    I just bought the machine not to long ago at my local thrift store, because I REALLY wanted to learn how to sew. I like that it actually works.. But how??? I am still learning.
    I am getting frustrated because I am not getting it at all, it has a foot pedal, 8 stitches, very basic but yet it still frustrates me.
    Price: $50 (from my local thrift store)

    1. IMO says:

      If you didn’t get an operating manual with it you could try contacting the company & see about getting one….or just hunt for one on-line. Hang in there, Lena. You’ll get it eventually!

  25. Lisa says:

    I have a Pfaff creative 1471 and it DOES IT ALL! The machine is probably nearly 20 years old now and I’m sure the newer models have even more “state of the art” features, but I’m perfectly happy with the one I have. It’s incredibaly user friendly and does everything from simple stiching to embrodry, to serging, and beyond. It has 99 preset stich patterns and enough memory for a few hundred more “custom” stich patterns. It even does pattern mirroring. I love my machine!
    My husband (at the time) bought it for me about 20 years ago and I think he paid around $1200 dollars for it. Pricey, I know, but it did come with every accessary available at the time.

  26. Weinan says:

    I have a Janome 625 E Sewist and I am relearning how to make lovely things for my granddaughter who is now almost 2. I love the clear bobbin cover so I always know how long I have before I rewind that bobbin. I love the little feature that drops off the presser foot and easily puts on a different one. The needle threader thing is pretty cool and it does offer a decent range of stitches. I only recently discovered it has an overlock function.
    Something I don’t like….reading manuals to try and figure out how to make the most out of my new machine. I paid 450 euro for it.

  27. Linda says:

    I have a Singer 201 which is used most often along with buttonholer/Zigger. I love this machine because it is a treadle,
    Its only drawback is needle threads from right to left & I’m left handed.
    Also have Singer 128 again a treadle-tend to use this for delicate stuff don’t know why.
    Did have a wonderful 401G until the motor burnt out, replacements are no longer made- even if I could get the old motor out (seems to have welded itself in) -It had THE best neat stitch and so quiet.

  28. pardeep says:

    I have a very simple USHA sewing machine. It is a fully metal body. It does just straight stitch..good for beginners..

  29. Maritza says:

    1::
    KENMORE model:: 385.11206300 {sheesh.. talk about a mouth full!! :-P }

    2:: FAVORITE FEATURE:
    SHES GOT ABOUT 13 STITCHES :D AND SHES PRETTY COMPACT {its the small things that make me happy! lol}
    Its a BASIC sewing machine, but ole Betsey has gotten me threw many started project and even more advanced dresses and what not, You know… for being so darn basic.

    3:: DISLIKE:
    Its soooooo BASIC! NOT TO MENTION SOMETIMES SHE DOES WHATEVER SHE WANTS TO DO!! :-X

    4:: PRICE RANGE:
    i think it cost almost $100 when my parents bought it! It was my 18TH BDAY GIFT!! :D back in 2006. the machine i REALLY learned how to sew on my own! [well, with the help of many blogger sites!! :) ]
    <3
    -MARITZA

  30. Madeline says:

    I own a 1952 Singer, that I received as a high school graduation present from my aunt, who owns a quilt shop. It runs like top, and it's very easy to use, in fact, it's the machine that I learned to sew on, hence why my aunt gave it to me. It also looks splendid with my more gothic decor, and I get comments on it regularly. My least favorite characteristics about it it that A: It weighs a TON, making those quilt guild meetings and craft classes a little embarrassing. Also B: It only does straight stitch, so if I'm working with knits or otherwise need a zigzag, I need to borrow a machine from elsewhere. It's worth $350-$500 dollars.

  31. Sara says:

    Pfaff Creative Vision 5.5
    Many, many stitches. Lots of feet options. Easy embroidery.
    My machine doesn't always pick up the bobbin thread when it's doing the embroidery basting stitch – drive me nuts but that's about the only thing that bugs me.
    $$$$$ (way too much for the amount of sewing I do).

  32. Lindsy Griffis says:

    I am NOT a sewer… yet… just a wannabe and I stumbled upon your blog today and this is JUST what I needed!

    I have my grandma's old Singer 750 Touch and Sew.
    I like…that it sews? It has an auto threader and a few different stitch options.
    I don't like… A LOT. It is nearly 40 years old… very moody, heavy, and confusing. I've read reviews on this thing that it just is the way it is… so I'm not going to accept user error.
    This cost about $350 back in 1970 (pre-me) but it is built into a desk that I have also.

    I am looking for a low-mid priced Brother or Singer next.

  33. WestSacHoney says:

    Bernina 1090
    Favorite feature the knee presser foot lift it makes small jobs quick and easy!
    What bugs me would be that I see all these snazzy new ones and I really would love it to cut my thread! I hate pausing to find my scissors and snip thread
    Price – I (borrowed) more like kidnapped my sewing machine from my Auntie and it's going on 2 years now!

  34. Liz says:

    Janome MC11000
    As a new sewer, this machine works great! I've used it for about 2 years now, done a variety of things from embroidery to sewing.
    Only complaint is how heavy it is. Hard to take to classes.

    This was a gift from my mother so no idea on the cost. She got one too, and I've been tech support for embroidery projects for her.

  35. Emskyrooney says:

    Janome Memorycraft 9000

    Love the embroidery function although I don't use it as much as I should cause I'm lazy. Up/down needle option, ability to control speed on the machine, ability to set a certain distance of stitching and repeat it over and over again (very handy when sewing quilt blocks)

    Not much I don't like about it I have to say- have never really had any trouble with it.

    Bought for about $800 on ebay with all sorts of extras, not sure how much they went for new but think I got a great deal!

    Also have an old singer that I use mainly for heavy-duty sewing and a Brother serger that I just got for Christmas

  36. Katie says:

    A little basic Janome which I LOVE. I bought it used for 100 a few years ago. I also have a Viking Desinger 1 which I only use for embroidery but it is supposed to be an amazing sewing machine. maybe one day I will sew on it for now I love my Janome and monogramming on my Viking.

  37. Cindy says:

    1. Brother Innovis 4000D
    2. First let me say that I'm sure that this is the machine that all sewers receive when they arrive in sewing heaven!!
    LOVE everything about this machine!! Sews and embroiders with so many awesome features for both that I couldn't possibly begin to list them for you!
    3. If I had to list a downside to the machine, it would be the weight – It's a bit on the heavy side, but luckily I have a dedicated sewing room so the only time I have to lift it is to take it in for an annual tune up and cleaning!
    4. Price – $5000. ( But worth every penny!!! )

  38. Lauren Baugus says:

    Brother LS-2125i
    It was just about idiot-proof to learn on when I first began sewing
    It seems pretty flimsy; if I have more than 3 layers of fabric, it doesn't really feed well. I'd like something more heavy-duty.
    It was a gift, but it is refurbished, so I think it was about $50.

  39. Shell says:

    Singer Curvy (?)8400 (the blue electronic one)

    I love everything about this machine. If I have to pick only one thing – I guess it would be the self threader.

    As of yet, nothing irks me about this machine. It's been absolutely wonderful to use.

    Price for just the machine – around $750.00 at JoAnns. I got a screaming good deal on it through Costco online and bought it for $380.00 – this also included $300.00 in accessory feet.

  40. Stacy says:

    Singer Advance 7422

    I love having control over needle position, it also has 30 really nice stitches that I can adjust to my liking.

    Like any other machine the tension is always the first problem. And I haven't figured out how to use the button feature yet (it has been years)

    $180 (Walmart)

  41. Corynn says:

    Ashley – I have the exact same machine as you and I love it! I just had to let you know. I remember when I first found your blog, I got a glimpse of your machine in a picture and was like, "We have the same machine!!! I must be able to do what she does!" So far, so good!

  42. Jeanette says:

    Hi! I'm a new follower of your blog. Love. It!

    1. I have an old (1965ish) Viking Husqvarna 6030.
    2. Favorite thing? That it was my mom's and I inherited it. It runs like a dream and has a bunch of decorative stitches. Even though it's a tank, my sewing repair/tuneup guy said that it should last until my grandkids can fight over it!
    3. It's a pain to carry around, because it is a HEAVY beast!
    4. Priceless. To me, anyway. I have no idea how much it would fetch nowadays, probably not much. My dad said it was a pretty penny back when he bought it for her, but I don't know the dollar amount.

  43. Greta Adams says:

    i have 4 {blushing}

    my beast is my Husqvarna Viking Desiner Topaz embroidery/sewing machine in one.
    i love it..sewing like a beauty…very quiet, lots of stitch options including some cool decorative ones like a bicycle…yes that's right…lol
    price range for that one is $3400.00

    then i have the el cheapo brother project runway that i use to sew on (mostly paper) but an occasional mending of simple stuff.
    price range 150.00..it's okay but can't handle much.

    brother serger
    price range 200 and i love that one

    then i have my old old kenmore machine i think 5 or more years ago i paid about 150.00 for and it served it's purpose but i wore it out…now i only use it to sew with the elastic thread cause i can change the tension on the bobbin much easier than any other machine i have

    :)

  44. Becky says:

    Janome 6500
    I love all the stitch options and the fact that it is computerized and easy to set up any stitch. Easy to sew on.
    I have a problem with the auto thread cutter breaking all the time.
    $1200.00

    Kenmore from 1974
    It wsa a workhorse as I made all of our clothes back in the 70's and 80's. I got it out a couple of weeks ago and it needs to be tuned up. I was going to compare the stitch to the Janome.
    I believe I paid about $79 for it and that was alot for me at that time.

  45. Carol says:

    1. Singer 7422
    2. The threading steps printed right on the machine… sad, but threading the machine was always the most intimidating part of using my mom's sewing machine!!
    3. Not much I don't like. One of the decorative stitches that has potential to be my favorite (Greek eternity band pattern) doesn't turn out quite as nice as I'd like.
    4. ~$175

  46. Amy says:

    Husquavarna Viking Platinum 750 Quilt
    I love that it has oodles of stitches to do on quilts, bags or what ever I make. I also love the fact that it always puts the needle back up.
    I don't like that it tends to bunch up when I start sewing sometimes – although that might just be operator error.
    I know we spent just under $1000 for it – my husband bought it for me after he did a side job for a friend. I love it but I am a bit embarrassed by how much we spent and that it sat around for about 2 to 3 years and didn't get used. Now it has been used almost weekly for the last year or so. It is running great – could use a tune up though.

  47. Sarah says:

    I have two sewing machines.

    The first one is one my mum gave me. Over 20years old.
    Janome ???
    Like- it is made with a metal case- very sturdy
    dislike- the dials for stitch they sometimes don't want to slip in.
    cost- ?????

    2nd machine Janome dc 3050
    Like- ease of use, stitches
    dislike- makes the buttonholes too large- I just use a smaller button- but still annoys me
    Cost- $500

  48. Janet says:

    Viking Designer I

    I love almost everything about it. It can sew through anything and love all the fun stitches. I also use the embroidery features quite a lot.

    I don't love that it takes a disk instead of a memory stick. It makes it a little harder to get designs online.

    Cost around $3500 a few years ago.

  49. Txlonestargal says:

    I have been asking for one I saw at Walmart for about $80.

    Simple stitches for crafts is what I need it for. I would love to learn how to make pillows.

    I haven't got a machine yet….like I haven't received my Cricut either.

    We are on a strict budget so I don't expect to get either one soon, even if we receive a tax refund. :(

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