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Message Board > Sewing Machines > the mentality of buying or replacing a sewing machine ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/23/13 9:53 AM

I've been giving this some thought recently after seeing the popularity of high end machines and low or lower end machines and see people getting enthusiastic about both.

Realism: all a sewing machine has to do is sew two pieces of cloth together with a balanced stitch. That's it. Most of us have a zillion stitches the we never use. Features we never use. In ten years I've used my knee lift maybe 3 times. To make clothing or quilts we use an avg I'm guessing of 10 stitches and 2 buttonholes.

Thinking: well one day I may have a need for all those stitches, you never know what you are going to sew. And I will put embroidery on everything. Or I will start a small cottage business. Oh the things I can make for my children or grandkids. And most justifiable I want it, I deserve it so I'm buying it.

Why did I feel I needed/wanted a high end machine? That's exactly my question.

What is it that attracted you and made you part with so much money? For me personally? I had just been through a long battle with my sister fighting her cancer and losing and then having to deal with all her affairs. I liked the tech of the whole embroidery thing, even though by this time I was mostly quilting. Did I think about the sewing I'd do and the way I would use the new machine? Not a once it was love at first sight and then researched and brought. I will never forget the day I brought it home. Other one project with embroidery that really meant something and that was a quilt I made for my then teen aged daughter, the rest have been pretty forgettable. In ten years I've spent over a thousand dollars on designs most of I will probably never use. When it comes to sewing machines are we being realistic in what we are really going to do with them or what we think we are going to do with them? Thoughts?

edit to add I meant to post this under sewing machines please feel free to move.
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Subject: Topic moved Date: 8/23/13 10:34 AM

This topic has been moved from Quilters' Corner to Sewing Machines

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Date: 8/23/13 10:41 AM

thanks Sharon

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Date: 8/23/13 11:07 AM

I always buy a new machine when the DH does something to hack me off.. If its only a small amount of anger its a lower end machine.. If he really hacks me off then its a TOL. Am still waiting on the big one to buy that Bernina beast.. or the PURPLE pfaff.. Sadly he is sorta a laid back kinda guy so it might be awhile. However as the years have gone by I have manage to acquire a nice herd.. Thank you Mr. P...

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Date: 8/23/13 11:16 AM

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Date: 8/23/13 12:02 PM

I bought another machine simply for the stitch selection. It has some useful stitches that my Bernina 1230 does not.
It performs well and does what I purchased it for.
I found that because it was a lower priced Brother I saw some of what I call "Brother Bashing".

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Date: 8/23/13 12:06 PM

Dear Mental - this is my Dear Abby/Ann Landers reply: I WANT ONE! About 5 years ago, I was going to buy the top of the line BL Ellegante or Ellisimo - don't really remember the name of it. We lost everything in the Obama crash, including our house. I realized that the machine was a luxury item and so I couldn't get it [ hey, no money to get it!]; barely able to find a place to live and buy food! Now, I am starting over and want to buy either a Crescendo or an Aria (when I see what it has and what it will do and the price, etc.) and your post really struck a chord with me. Do I really need it.?? Well, when I "settled" about 7 years ago with a basic Janome (computerized), I have almost thrown it out the window 50 times! I have to do one buttonhole at a time, turn the machine off, reconfigure the next buttonhole and so on. I beeps incessantly when I try to sew a not very thick "sandwich". It has about 12 decorative stitches and three buttonhole stitches (a pain to even attempt to use) and you have to manually configure a satin stitch. If I didn't need it to sew basic stuff, I would set it afire! I can't do a Bernina- way too pricey and a cranky store owner (a real turnoff - she thinks that Bernina is the ONLY acceptable machine on the market!!! She lives in her own DREAM WORLD!). Don't want a JANOME!!!! So, since I have a BL Serger and I like the Crescendo a lot, I have been dreaming about it.....a lot!! We'll see what disaster befalls me next, but if I can manage it, I will get it. I'd hope I would WIN the darn thing! I am still testing the waters! Thanks for your reality check and the sane approach to being sold a "bill of goods" by an over zealous, working on commission salesperson, or store owner! Blessings to you from afar!

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Date: 8/23/13 12:20 PM

Great thought. I bought an upgraded sm because my old beloved Kenmore didn't like sewing knits and I needed clothes that fit. But then looking for a simple machine to sew knits took on a whole new meaning. I hadn't looked for a new machine for 30 years. I like computers and technology and strength. So I bought a machine with all that. I could have gotten by with less $$ and one that had less bells and whistles. It will be awhile before I buy again even though I look enviously at some of the TOL sms out there. I think for each of us it is a different reason for why we buy what we buy. Do any of us "need" a machine with lots of bells and whistles to sew seams--no we don't. But it is nice to have a machine that makes us happy when we sit to sew on it-whether it has all the modern day bells and whistles or whether it has the solid feel of an all metal vintage workhorse. We love our machines...

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Date: 8/23/13 12:28 PM

Frankly I don't have a top of the line but in my case I LOVE TOYS! My computer is another such an animal. I want to do whatever I want to do whenever I want to do it. Having all the right tools is important to me. Why else would I have a plotter in my basement for printing out patterns? I work hard (I'm as Systems Engineer by profession so there goes the techie thing...) and I don't need the top of any line but I want certain creature comforts in what I have.

I'm demonstrating this right now as my nicely loaded and comfortable Toyota Prius is in the body shop and my rental is a stripped down Corolla! What, the car needs a key to start? And where's the auto climate control? And the solar panels in the roof that keeps the car cooler all day?

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Date: 8/23/13 1:05 PM

I am driven to a "New" machine because I just LOVE sewing machines. I love retro and vintage and just think older is better so I look for an older machine if I upgrade. .... so far I have "upgraded lots.

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