Tuesday, December 28, 2010

it shouldn't be [sew] difficult

i don't often have a hard time making decisions, 
but when they involve money i do one of two things:
1- go with the easiest option, so i don't have to keep thinking about it.
2- spend days/weeks agonizing over the options
...and i almost always go with the choice that originally seemed best.
so, why don't i just go with my gut from the beginning
and save myself the agony?

in case you're wondering what i'm agonizing over
and the title didn't make sense or give it away, 
i'm in search of a sewing machine.
i'm caught between kicking myself for not taking my granny's last spring
and just wanting someone else to make the decision for me.
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i don't need anything fancy; honestly the computerized ones freak me out.
i used my mom's sewing machine with her direction & help some ten-plus years ago. i even used my granny's more recently for simple projects.
but i want to make a good decision and 
as my husband says, "it's an investment"
...geesh, no pressure!

please don't hesitate to share any wisdom you have.
i went to a sewing store, as yellow songbird suggested and the woman was quite knowledgeable, but tried to sell me something for $700.
is that normal?
i did like that they offer sewing classes at any time for their customers,
but i'm looking in the $150-300 range...is that unreasonable?
[i plan to use it for home projects, clothing repair & hopefully even make myself a dress.]

1 comment:

  1. I know I already tweeted you about PFAFF, but after reading your blog post, I wanted to tell you a little more!! I have a very biased opinion, but I hope it's helpful.

    Pfaff is the only company that has a built-in walking foot on their machines. It functions so that there is always contact with the fabrics you are sewing together, and allows more a more accurate, even stitch (great for quilting). I believe you can purchase a walking foot attachment for other machines, but I like the built-in feature on the Pfaff.

    The computerized machines scare me a little, too. My mom has a computerized machine, and I think she likes it. Hers is a Bernina, which is also makes some great high-end machines. My older sister has an older, mechanical Bernina that serves her well.

    PFAFF does makes new non-computerized machines. We bought one last year for my little sister and she's happy with it. I believe it's the PFAFF select 4.0. I think they cost around $700, which is certainly an investment. I also expect it will last a lifetime or more with minimal servicing. I have no idea what year my Pfaff Hobbymatic is from, but it still runs great and the only thing I do to maintain it is oil it periodically.

    I hope that's helpful!
    See you soon,
    Becca

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