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Date: 4/19/12 4:50 PM

I admit I was really surprised to see this in store...

Ikea sewing machine

It is very plasticy, light and I have no idea how it sews, but I just had to share . Love the Swedish colouring too.

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Date: 4/19/12 5:37 PM

How weird, at first I thought it was a prop. But it's real! Pretty.

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Date: 4/19/12 6:13 PM

What's next?? It's cute though!

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Date: 4/19/12 6:17 PM


Which leads to the question.. who makes this machine. as IKEA is based overseas it would be too much to hope its made in EU.. hmmm..

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Date: 4/19/12 6:37 PM

It reminds me of those little Michley machines. The care instructions are interesting:

Care instructions
Vacuum clean.
Wipe clean with a dry cloth.

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Date: 4/19/12 7:07 PM

There's a few more photographs at sew review. (I'm not endorsing their "reviews", which are mechanical, at best)

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Date: 4/19/12 10:07 PM

Well , I see Mr. Henrick Preutz is the supposed designer of it. At least probably the shape and colors and outside visuals of it. Or what else could he have designed about it?

But I wonder if Mr. Preutz even knows how to sew at all, and if he does, would he personally bother to take the time to sew a whole pair of pants or a shirt on it, that he was going to wear himself at all? That is what I would like to see. Because if someone designs something that is not just "art" and has a function to it, then they should test it and know how to use it and be willing to use it too. At least in a U tube video someplace. In this day and age.

That way, people could see it actually sewing along and also hear what it sounds like.

Because function and form really do need to go together and match up nicely, to make something of a good design, even from a famous designer of things, unless it's just a piece of art instead and if it sells for $59.95 I think that really must mean, that it must have cost less than $30 to even make and produce in a factory someplace, and I don't think that normally bodes well for any kind of real sewing machine at all.

Does look like at least it has a real class 15 metal race in there though, and a real class 15 bobbin and bobbin case in it. That is probably somewhat better than some toy and crafter's machines that have more a soft plastic hook to them instead and sell for about the same amount. But that still is not saying a whole lot either. :)

For a lot less than $50, you could always just get a much more expensively made, and now now just used instead, made once upon a time kind of top of the line machine from just lots of prior decades, that really were just made full sized and well, and made really nicely from way back when even, even at maybe most Goodwill Stores or even Garage Sales and such, that actually cost maybe 10 times the price of that Ikea machine, even way back then, that I suspect would sew just much, much better for most things, much more likely than that brand new Ikea one.

So, if I valued my money and was really broke or such, and that was all I had to spend for a sewing machine, and actually needed a sewing machine, I think I still would stick my $ into something more like that instead.

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Date: 4/19/12 10:47 PM

I hate when they sell cheap crap to beginners. When I teach sewing classes, I spend a lot of time trying to get them to work instead of teaching the class. This looks like it might fit into that category, especially when I see the price.

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Date: 4/19/12 11:41 PM

Walmart had a $50 sewing machine once. If you had the patience, you could do all sorts of fancy stitches: buttonholes,blind hem stitches, satin stitches. But it was all manual-- no cams.

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Date: 4/19/12 11:59 PM

LiEr at ikatbag has posted a review of the machine, if anyone is interested in how it stitches out.

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