What annenet likes about this machine I've always been intrigued by this machine but the price always seemed pretty high. Babylock had a sale on this and the embellisher for 1/2 of msrp in July so I decided that was the time! This was an original Sashiko but I had some threading issues so my dealer offered to send it back and have it upgraded to a Sashiko 2 and split the cost. I jumped at that as that was a $4000 machine (the original was a msrp of $2400).
Some people are put off by the fact it only does one stitch. But wow does it do it well! The back is a running stitch but when I do a hand picked stitch that's what I get on the back of what I'm doing. It's really facinating how this machine works - it's the bobbin that gets threaded, not the machine. There's a very active arm under the cover that moves the thread though. Also the stitch locks when taking it off the machine so no worries about unraveling.
This is a very heavy and large machine - it's bigger than my Bernina 580. Needless to say no jumping around. I need to make a cover for it as there isn't one. They have one but I would rather make it myself. The outer shell is very high quality plastic but the insides are definitely metal. Every thing that's visable is.
And the difference between the Sashiko and Sashiko 2 - better bobbin system and the ability to do a single stitch. This is great if you are trying to position ribbon or braid under the foot. Well worth the upgrade. Anyone how has an original Sashiko machine can have it upgraded through their dealer. I'm glad I did because threading it now is a breeze.
I'm not all that into quilting (unless I need a quilt) but I can see a lot of uses on clothing and home dec items.
What annenet does not like about this machine I think everyone says the price, and I do agree to a point but I think it was well worth it. As for one stitch - I've got a Singer 201-2 that is a straight stitch and Consew T75 that only does a blind stitch so it's not unreasonable that this is the case. It will take up to 30 weight thread and I would like to use heavier at some point.
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