I haven't had a sewing machine since around 1988. When I grew up we had a (very) old singer sewing machine, circa 1950s I think. It was a beast to lift and to sew with and the bobbins were always getting tangled.
editorial aside: even as I wrote bobbin, I had only a modest level of certainty that what I was describing was, in fact, a bobbin. When I checked online, I was right.
In my early twenties, my friend Joyce bought a new sewing machine and I inherited hers, which I used with great enthusiasm for about 6 years.
But I am feeling the siren call of sewing again.
I went to the local fabric shop in search of new curtains and was gobsmacked by the variety of materials. In a giddy fit, I ordered new cushion covers to be made for my sitting room and bought new material to make fresh curtains for under my kitchen sink.
However, that material sits unsewn (well really, it's only been a week...) as I begin to look around at possible contenders for my new sewing machine.
I am unlikely to begin making my own clothing again, but one never knows, and so I am unsure as to how much sewing machine a person like me needs. On the other hand, I see the beautiful things that Dina makes over at her blog My Superfluities and think "hmmmm"....
I mean how much fun to sew this and then make a matching opera coat?
Oh and I have a hankering to make slip covers for the tweed couch's cushions..
Do I need 30 kinds of stitches? Do I need to spend hundreds of dollars or can I get a sturdy little machine for less than $200?
Mostly, I want to be able to do the odd homekeeping task, clothing repair, etc.
But I am kind of hankering after learning to sew again. I was never a great sewer but now that I have time, I think it would be fun to try again!
So I would love any advice you might have about sewing machines! And your experience if you are just getting back into sewing!
Thanks in advance!