Help, my 10 year’old sewing machine is now gone beyond repair, and I was wondering what you amazing sewing ladies would recommend? Or what you use and are happy with… As a student I started with a mechanical Elna, in 2009 I bought an electronic sewing and embroidery machine by Brother for about 1000€, and I’ve been very happy with it. However, the past two years, I’ve struggled with the fit of my sewing projects , no matter the pattern company. Toiles help but I realised that RTW is actually much quicker, better fitting and often cheaper than sewing my own clothes. Obviously RTW is rather limited in choice, so I will definitely still sew, but with moderation… or rather with purpouse 🙂 Which brings me to choosing a new machine, I do not see the need to look at expensive semi professional machines, but would like quality and certain features. Next to sewing garments I also sew bags, which means sometimes thicker fabrics, or multiple layers.
I would like an electronic machine, I’ve gotten used to automatic features like thread cutting, needle threading, sewing speed adjustment and so forth. I also like a nice selection of sewing feet for various tasks. I do not need hundreds of stitches however… I’m used to Brother and still have accessories, so Brother F-400 Innovis is an option I’m looking at. I’ve also been looking at Swiss machines on a mad nationalistic impulse, like Bernette B37 or B38, or the Elna Experience 560. I don’t have any other experience, or special wishes, which is why I’d love to hear from you!