- Love it.
- Still can’t figure out why I keep forgetting where the backstitch button is.
- I now know why people fuss about getting a new machine so much, it’s a big change!
- The tension is perfect.
- It chugs through just about anything I throw at it except my brother’s jeans with about 8 layers of denim.
Read on if you feel inclined to do so…
Here’s a little summary of what things I’ve learned from him:
- To get a quality machine, you should plan on spending around $300. Now, that doesn’t mean the less expensive models won’t work for you, but if you plan on sewing a lot and need something reliable, a machine in the $300 range is probably the ticket.
- He didn’t recommend buying any of the Bernina Bernette models, unlike the higher end Berninas which are made in Switzerland, the Bernettes are made in Asia. Just something to be aware of I guess.
- Keeping a clean machine is really important. I had been getting an error with my Janome and it ended up that I just needed to clean out under the needle plate. The needle plate on my machine is attached with one little screw (see pics below). I unscrewed it, lifted off the metal needle plate and underneath the bobbin was a giant mess of lint! I should have taken pictures for you, but it was really nasty. And that’s with only 6 months of sewing. My uncle recommended that I clean out this area every 3 months or so. To do this, he recommended using a vacuum cleaner and the lint brush that came with my machine, just wipe with the brush and the vacuum will suck up all the gunk. Worked like a charm.