For the last few weeks I have been toying with the idea of getting a new machine w/ bells & whistles. I previously thought that I wouldn't need any extras as long as I had the basics.
Then I started thinking I need a 1 step buttonholer, then I started thinking how nice some decorative stitching & lettering would be. And maybe I could finally learn how to do some more advanced stitches like blind hem, machine button sewing, etc.
In my price range I considered:
Singer 7470 ($399 online, I love my Singer Mechanical, so I felt a little loyal to this brand)
Brother NX-450 (around $450 locally, I test drove the NX-650Q which is double the price for a few more features, what a dream! the damn thing nearly sews for you!)
Kenmore 19233 ($399 online, I just found out Cidell has this one!)
Today after shopping around and viewed and seeing demos I came home flabbergasted. Which one???
I looked at my current machines and decided to play with them a little more, learn some thangs.... I never could get the one step to work on my Brother XL-3027. But after re-reading the instructions about 10 times playing with it for an hour, I did a one step button hole!!!! It wasn't as perfect as that new TOL Brother but nice enough. I can just re-adjust my patience level and keep on practicing. Why was I letting this machine sit on the shelf for so long!?!?
Also I had never ever tried a simple blind hem. I always thought I needed special feet for it, so I never bothered. Shame on me. I did a *perfect* blind hem on my second try. Duh me.
I feel so.... MUCH BETTER that I don't have to spend another $400 on something I pretty much had. Of course the bells & whistles would be awesome, but I have all I need to make a solid garment. I probably wouldn't have done all that fancy stuff anyway. That's just extra thread - lol!
I am going to play some more tonight with the stitches on both my machines, I'm excited about my "new" features.