Seems like every other blog I read lately someone is wanting a new sewing machine. There are some fancy ones out there, that’s for sure! I never think too much about wanting a new machine til I’m at a show or hearing/reading about someone’s new machine.
In 2007 while at the Paducah quilt show, I bought a Babylock Decorator’s Choice machine. The story about the trip is here. I’ve never bonded with that machine. It’s a good machine and I like it . . but I like others better. I do believe my Bernina 1230 is one of the best machines ever made. But it is sick and I have not sent it off to be rebuilt. I need to do it . . but you know how sometimes one not so good thing leads to a good thing?
I had been using the Singer 301 machines for a very long time but had set the Bernina 1230 up in the cabinet when we moved here 2 years ago. With the Bernina needing repairs, I set up a Singer 301 and oh, I do love these 301 machines! They make a perfect stitch. There’s just something about sewing on a machine built in the 50’s, thinking about how things were in that era; remembering when people were more honest and a man’s word meant something; people believed in hard work and knew if they didn’t work, they probably wouldn’t eat. Quilts weren’t always made for fun back then . . it was a matter of keeping the family warm on a cold winter’s night.
There’s never a day that I sew on these old machines that I don’t think back to the lives of my grandmother and great-grandmother, and I wonder about the ladies who owned these machines along the way. I think they would be happy to know that quilts are being pieced on these machines . . quilts that will go to comfort wounded soldiers as QOVs; quilts that will go to a home for orphans or troubled teens; quilts that will go to a veterans’ home . . maybe one day a quilt that will be entered in a show or appear in a magazine. I have another machine like the one one the right but I’d really like to get a black one. I think they look like little black locomotives.
I wonder if my machines will be passed down to future generations . . either Chad’s children (NO! There are none on the way as far as I know!) or to my niece’s children. I wonder if anyone coming after me will be a quilter. Ever think about stuff like that?
I have Featherweights too. Dad gave me another green one since this picture was taken. They’re great for carrying to retreats or road trips but, in my opinion, they don’t compare to the 301 when it comes to really sewing.
Will I ever buy a new sewing machine? Probably not. If I did quilting on my sewing machine or if I had any desire to do machine embroidery . . maybe. But for now, my priorities with my sewing machines are a good stitch and a perfect 1/4″ foot. I consistently get both with the Singer 301 machines so . . why would I want something else? That’s what I thought you would say! 🙂
But for any of you interested in buying a sewing machine, the March, 2009 issue of Consumer Report has an article on sewing machines. Not every machine is rated but I thought the article would be helpful if I were looking for a machine now.