Sewing machine meme fun!

Since it’s Sewing Machine Month at Sew, Mama, Sew! I’ve decided to participate in the Sewing Machine Meme that was posted a while back. I actually found this at Oh, Fransson!

What brand and model do you have?
I have a Singer Simple machine. It was one of my graduation gifts from my mom. I don’t think she thought I’d ever get a chance to bust it out, but I really just needed some inspiration to get started sewing again, and a bit of extra money to buy fabrics and notions. Now I sew every weekend. I love my little machine, even if it isn’t super fancy!

Singer Simple

Singer Simple

How long have you had it?

I got it in May of 2008, so just over a year.

Approximately how much does your machine cost?

It was just over $100. Not too expensive, but if I need another one I’ll have a bit more to spend.

What kinds of things do you sew?
I’ve altered clothing on it, made aprons, quilts, and bags.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

I sew at least one day a week for usually around 8 or so hours…as long as I can! 🙂

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Does it have a name?

I like my machine. I can’t say I love it, because I’d rather have a top-loading bobbin. Her name is Beebee, though 🙂

What features does your machine have that work well for you?
It’s quiet! That’s what I love most about it.

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Just the side-loading bobbin. Other than that, we cool.

Now that I sort of know what I’m doing and get the machine serviced regularly (and especially since I got a walking foot) it really does everything that I want it to.

Do you have a great story about your machine to share?
Ahhh…no. My machine and I have no great adventures to share, although she did help me finish my very first quilt top!

Would you recommend your machine to others?

I would recommend it to anyone who is newer to sewing. Since it’s a pretty basic machine, there are a few things I want that I’ll have to purchase for it (various feet, for instance), but if you just want to make simpler stuff, it’s perfect!

What factors do you think are important when looking for a new machine?

I think it’s important to be able to test a machine out a bit to make sure it fits your needs. Don’t just buy the first machine you see because OMGSEWINGMACHINEIWANT. Be patient and do some research first, and you’ll be much, much happier with the result.

Do you have a dream machine?

I would L-O-V-E to have a longarm quilting machine, to quilt all my ‘tops, both real and soon-to-be created, in a way that is both beautiful and a heck of a lot easier than using a machine with a walking foot. I am happy with my Beebee for now, though. She’s pretty, she’s quiet, and she sews beautifully.


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