They are often bought for birthdays and Christmases because people know how much I love to sew… and if it make their gift giving easier, then who am I to object? This means that I have a few machines and they all work well – I often have two or three projects on the go at once, so I use several machines.
Some of the machines have been around for at least twenty years and still work perfectly, I treat them well, clean them and never push them beyond their capabilities.
One older machine is a Brother, about twenty years old, it doesn’t have any fancy bits, but is electronic and has heirloom stitches and a one-step buttonhole, it’s still as good as new, another is an Elna, ten or twelve years old and still sews beautifully, has a lock stitch and up/down needle button, variable speed and drop in bobbin.
I’ve never had a machine serviced, it’s very expensive and unless I had a top range machine, it’s not worth it, so I’ll continue to respect my machines, treat them well and hope they last.
The newest machine in my stable is a Singer Confidence Quilter – that’s its name in this country but probably a different name in the US and Europe. This is the ultimate machine for me, it has power and will go through heavy seams without a complaint – it has needle up/down and all the necessities, it’s big and heavy and I love it. Like most machines these days, it comes with a large detachable quilting table, also several feet, including a small, easy to use walking foot. It has a lot of fancy stitches which I’ll never use.
It was bought half price which made it a bargain, I’d coveted it for a while but couldn’t justify spending so much, so the sale price was great.