Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Sewer's Meme

Sew Mama Sew (the host of my giveaway earlier this month) is hosting Sewing Machine Month on their blog. It is packed full of fun giveaways and helpful info. They have organized a Sewing Machine Interview Meme. They will be organized in one spot at the end of the month...here's mine. What brand and model do you have? I have two Vikings, I have had a Platinum 950 for almost five years and last month I bought a Designer SE LE.

How much does that machine cost (approximately)? The platinum is discontinued but I think you can find it used for about $1200. The Designer I got at a steal of a deal $4500. I think the list price on a new one was $6500 but they are not making it anymore and are having fantastic deals on the remaining ones.

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? I have done all kinds of sewing on my Platinum; quilting, home dec, bag and clothing...so I guess all of the above plus monogramming. Both of my machines are embroidery machines. On my Designer I have mostly made children's clothing and a ton of monogramming and appliques. Because I have small children, clothes for them is my current sewing passion.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I probably sew 20 hours a week, but a lot of that is cutting, pinning and pressing. I would say that the machine is actually running about 2 hours a week unless I am doing a ton of embroidery. Then it would be more. Because this machine is new, I'm not sure about wear and tear. I will say that my Viking Platinum has had a lot of use and it has held up great. I have only done a few services and get the dust out myself. It runs great...I love it so I couldn't bear to trade it in.

do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a. name? I love my Platinum...I am infatuated with my designer. Its truly the cat's meow. I haven't made a final decision but my dear friend Buffie has suggested the name Birdie...as she hums like a bird. I kinda like the sound of that!

What features does your machine have that work well for you? The big touch screen display and the usb flash drive have been huge for me. I can pull up my designs and monograms without loading my computer or transferring files to a special card. I can edit the design right there. I have monogrammed and appliqued more in the last month than I did on the Platinum in five years. It is much faster, quieter and easier to set up. I no longer need a screw driver to put an embroidery foot on. It snaps right on. Also if I want to sew a few quick stitches I can without removing the embroidery unit. I can sew with it on. I also really like the bright and adjustable led lights, automatic presser foot and automatic threat cutter. I really am spoiled and have become such a lazy sewer!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? While I love the auto lift presser foot, there's no lever to lift it a bit to ease over a hunky seam or area. Sometimes I get stuck. Really the only thing that could make my machine any better is if it had the capability to read a pdf file for applique color charts. That would be cool. Otherwise, its perfect.

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!

I called to check and see if the machine had come in and the sales person didn't believe the price I had been quoted by the owner. That's when I decided it was meant to be. Then the day after I bought it, the owner called to say that Viking had discounted it further and that I would receive a $500 credit on my statement. I thought that was just the best news and mighty wonderful of the store owner since I had already signed on the dotted line!

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who had this in their price range. It is a great machine.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?

Price is the place to start, and then the frequency of the sewer. There's no need for a high end model for someone who doesn't sew very often unless they have money to spend and like bells and whistles. I also think that no matter the price range, a drop in bobbin is a necessity. I have never figured out the front loading shuttle...I can't stand them.

Do you have a dream machine? I have my dream machine...I couldn't see a need to change a thing unless the technology becomes obsolete. (Ie; some of the early designers take a floppy disk)

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