My machine is certifiably dead :( I picked up her body from the repair guy today – there is nothing he could do to save her. Thank goodness he is an honest business man and didn’t charge me anything for trying! Apparently there is something wrong with the metal gears and they get tighter and tighter until they can’t move anymore. He loosened them up a bit but they tightened back up when he was running the machine. Bahhhhhhhhhhh :(
There is a TINY chance the warranty may help me but I don’t think so… I’ve had it for 2 years and 4 months and I’m not sure if it is a defect or what but I bought it from Joann’s and I doubt they are going to do anything to help me.
Soooooooooooo I need a new machine! I probably will have to save a long time to get one… but anyone have a suggestion?
Basically here is what I need:
1. Lots of piecing – espec. ¼ seams
3. Free motion quilting
4. Work horse that can handle all of the above
5. Machine applique is nice but I don’t really need a bazillion stitches or anything
6. Good tension control/auto tension for quilting
7. I also make fleece softies and lots of different types of bags/purses but I would think anything that is good for the above would be fine for those projects too.
8. Only looking to spend maximum $1000 (I will be saving for a looonnngggg time for that!) but less would be preferable.
I had a Singer Confidence Quilter and while we had a great 28 months together, she definitely had some issues. I couldn’t free motion that well on her due to tension issues and I had tension issues when just doing normal quilting too. There were a ton of stitches included but I only ever used around 5. The throat area for quilting was a bit small – but I can deal with that because I don’t have a few thousand dollars for a mid-arm or long-arm. And apparently she wasn’t much of a workhorse if she died after 28 months unless that was just a fluke. I did quilt 10+ full/queen/king sized quilts on her and made some fleece animals and bags… but I would think any normal machine could handle that. *sigh* I will miss her.
What do you do with a dead sewing machine anyway? I doubt there is any trade-in value on it if it can’t be fixed? Dump? … that will seriously make me cry… I’m very attached to my sewing machine, inspite of her issues… she was my first machine and I learned soooooo much on her!
*sigh* Sad sad weekend… goodbye Mrs. Stitches… you were loved and will be missed!