Most of this post is a re-post but I’ve had a couple of inquiries about what machines I use most.
My newest machine is a BabyLock Decorator’s Choice.
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. I totally love this old machine.
You may remember that I had a few problems with it earlier this year . . mostly it just needed some routine maintenance and had never been to the shop since I bought it 20 years ago. The repairs/cleaning cost me about $60 and it’s good as new again. I love it!
I also have a Bernina 930 that I bought in maybe 1983 or 1985. It still works great but I like the 1230 better.
I have 4 (I think) Singer 301 machines, several of them being in cabinets. There’s one of them set up at all times in my sewing room. The 301 makes a perfect stitch.
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.
This is the treadle we recently found at a garage sale.
If I had to guess how many sewing machines I have, my guess would be 15, but that’s purely a guess.
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 Bernina 1230 and Singer 301 machines so . . why would I want something else? That’s what I thought you would say! 🙂