I am on my 2nd sewing machine. When I was 13, my grandparents gave me a brand new Bicor. I loved it. About 14 years later it started acting up. I'd clean and oil it and it would be fine for a few more months...then I'd have to do it all over again.
It finally quit on me in 2008. There are so few places that actually repair sewing machines that I figured it would cost an arm and a leg. So I borrowed my mother-in-law's (MIL) sewing machine. She hardly uses hers so I had to clean and oil it before I could use it. It worked, but it wasn't the same.
Then my birthday rolls around. Hubby had been asking me to recommend a sewing machine for someone he works with who wanted to buy one. He gave me a choice of a few and I gave him my honest opinion of them.
We get together with Hubby's family to celebrate my birthday back in January and out comes this large gift. I was hoping for a bunch of new teas for my Keurig, but it was even better because it was a sewing machine.
Hubby had me pick out my own present...and I didn't catch on!
I have a Kenmore and I love it. I do have one complaint: I miss the option to select a long stitch. My old machine had an option for what was about 1/4 of an inch, I used to for things like stay stitching and decorative stitching. However, it has an automatic button hole feature which I love. I could never get the hang of doing a button hole free hand.
My old machine would break the sewing needle if it hit a straight pin...now this one. Below is a picture of what this Kenmore can do to a pin!
Some things to consider when selecting a sewing machine:
-What do I want to use this for? This way you know what features you need and what features you don't.
-How much do I want to invest into this? Are you just learning? You may want to consider a less expensive machine with less features until you know whether or not sewing is for you.
-How much will the "extras (replacement needles...bobbins...etc)" cost me?
-Will I set this up and leave it in one place or will I have to sew on my kitchen table and put it away when done? You don't want to have to lug a heavy machine around.
These are just a few things to consider. Make sure you read reviews and ask questions, too!