Sewing Machine Meme

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Welcome to Sewing Machine Month on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog! We’ll learn more about sewing machine components (feet, feet, feet, buttonholes, needles, etc.). We have a fantastic sewing machine cover tutorial, interviews, we’ll explore decorative stitches, we’ll talk about older (workhorse!) machines and much more. Today we’re kicking off a Sewing Machine Meme. Deirdre from Hampton, VA sent us an email awhile back with the idea for “machine interviews” when she found herself overwhelmed with the process of sewing machine research online. Deirdre’s email kicked off some Sewing Machine Month brainstorming! Thanks, Deirdre!

Tell us about your sewing machine! Answer any/all of these questions on your blog, then shoot us an email with the URL (, please include the sewing machine name/brand in the email) or comment below with the post URL. Please don’t send us your answers, just your link to the answers on your site. We’ll keep a running list of Brand/Model “reviews” and we’ll publish the list at the end of Sewing Machine Month. We think this will be a great resource whether someone is searching for a first machine or looking to upgrade.

Edited to add: If you don’t have a blog, you can publish your answers in our Sewing Machine Meme thread in the forum! We can link to you from the list that way… You also don’t have to have a brand-new machine to answer the meme by any means! We want to learn about your machine, whether it’s been sewing strong longer than you’ve been alive or whether you just opened the box.

What brand and model do you have?

How long have you had it?

How much does that machine cost (approximately)?

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?

What features does your machine have that work well for you?

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

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!

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?

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

Do you have a dream machine?

Join us for Sewing Machine Month! Enter to win this week’s prize package from our Sewing Machine Month sponsor: Husqvarna/Viking. Comment on any post this week for your chance to win the Embroidery Package (over $250 retail value), or you might win one of four $20 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew!.
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  3. Jobeans says:

    Hello. I just received the Janome Memory Craft 3500 for my Christmas gift. I am trying to sew a coat for my puppy, and the material does not appear that thick. But in any case, it doesn’t fit under the foot. I’ve raised the presser foot bar as high as it can go. Is there some other lever I can raise to give me more room to fit my slightly thicker fabric. Thank you very much.


  4. Kelli Garner says:

    I enjoy this site, it is worth me coming back

  5. SANDY says:

    i inherited a huskystar 224 recently. but i did not get the book with it.can anyone help me with this. even if i can just get it threaded would be good. i would appreciate any help i can get. thank you very much.

  6. Salena says:

    Here’s my Sewing Machine Meme–Janome DC 3050-

  7. Amber says:

    I FINALLY filled mine out =P Here’s the link
    I jsut have a basic Singer Prelude, but I enjoy it 🙂

  8. mub says:

    Here’s my link:

    I have a 1960s era Husqvarna Viking named Greenie!

  9. Chloe says:

    Here’s mine!

    I’ve loved reading about everyone’s machines – thank you for hosting this 🙂


  10. Leslie Newton says:

    I have a Pfaff 7570 with the embroidery attachment. I also have a 1973 Kenmore that is just about worn out, but got me through high school, college, and many years of sewing. I also have a serger from the 80’s…still works fine!

    My husband surprised me with the Pfaff at Christmas. I nearly passed out!

    I have sewn since I was a little girl. I love it. I have made my clothes, costumes, wedding gowns w/all of the attendants, many, many gifts and done more alterations than I want to remember! I say that it’s my ministry.

    I just purchased today a vintage singer so that I can try quilting my own quilts. We’ll see!

  11. Cheryl says:

    Great topic…
    You can find my answers at

  12. michal says:

    yay! i just finished writing about my precious Helga (yes, she is a viking):

  13. Karen says:

    Here is a link to my answers about my Bernina 930E:

    I hope it’s helpful to someone!


  14. Ghainsom says:

    I own a Primera NM90 and reviewed it on my blog…

  15. Nikki says:

    Great idea. Great meme. I’ve shown off my lot here –

  16. kaitlyn says:

    Thanks for this meme… I’ve answered on my blog about my

    Singer Quantum Futura CE-200.

  17. Cathie Haab says:

    Here are the answers to the meme about my Kenmore machine, on my blog at

  18. Dorothy says:

    Enjoy everyones comments. I just posted about my Babylock. Thanks.

  19. Wendy says:

    I blogged about my sewing machine — an old Viking Husqvarna at

  20. Leigh says:

    Here is my review of my 1970s Kenmore. It’s my very first post in my brand new blog!

  21. Natalija says:

    Here is my machine:

    It’s a less know brand IDEAL and I can’t even find any better info on it online. If anyone can help figure out when and where this machine was built, I’d appreciate it. It was bought in Austria in the 70s.

  22. Katy says:

    I have posted about my Old School Bernina Record 730…

  23. Sara says:

    I have posted my Sewing Machine information on my new blog that I have just started today!!!

  24. heather m. says:

    This is such a great idea, I love it! I went ahead and answered and then posted it here on my blog-


    There’s my entry! I just got my lovely new machine and so I’m very excited to be able to talk about it! My grandfather got me the bernina as a present. She’s used but LOVELY.

  26. Erica K says:

    I have a Pfaff 2056. I’ve put your survey on my blog! It was fun, thanks!

  27. Heather B. says:

    I’m enjoying learning about SO many sewing machines. Here’s information about by Pfaff Quilt Expression 2048.

  28. Ronda says:

    I love your themes. It gives me something to look forward to each month.

  29. Jess says:

    I’m looking forward to reading some reviews!

  30. Morgan says:

    Ohhhh, this is exciting! It’s great to learn more about our tools. I’m very excited for what’s to come!

  31. Jamie AZ says:

    I want to add a new machine to my life in 2010, so I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s reviews! I have a Brother machine now and while it’s good for the basics, it’s not really made for quilting (small opening to roll it up in), so I’d like to get a more quilting-friendly machine.

  32. Well, I was at Target this weekend and really really really suffering from sewing machine withdrawal, and I said to my daughter. Let’s just see what they have. They were having a special on a Brother XL-3750 which totally fit my nonexistant budget. It even came with a walking foot, so I had to have it. I’m sure it will do just fine until I can get my other one back or a new Pfaff someday. It seems pretty good so far. Craziness!

  33. batlady says:

    Love all the stories about peoples machines! It makes me want to experiment more with mine…a new Brother and I love it!!

  34. My link didn’t show up either, it is:

  35. I have a PFAFF 1222SE, which died just recently, but hopefully not forever. But I do need to find a drag around machine so I can pamper this one, so this meme will be helpful!

  36. blue.crab says:

    Here’s my review of a very basic machine: White 1418.

  37. Jessica White says:

    Just did my meme~!

  38. Megan says:

    I goofed! I’m up waaay past my bedtime and brain is mushy. Please remove my last post; it included the wrong blog link (my old blog). This is the correct blog listed below, and in the form as my URL. Please post the following. Thank you!

    I finished my meme tonight. I have a Singer 8280.

    It’s great to check out all these blogs!

  39. Cheryl says:

    Great idea!! Mine is on my blog:

  40. Aunt LoLo says:

    I finally finished the meme! I have a Brother EX 660.

  41. Kristin says:

    What brand and model do you have?
    A husqvarna/viking rose

    How long have you had it?
    3 years

    How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
    Mine was a floor model so it was a pretty good deal, I think, but still around $1500?

    What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
    baby clothes, quilts, home projects and embroidery

    How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
    I used to sew everyday…then I had my third kiddo (all 5 and under) now I am happy if I get a good session in once a week 🙂

    Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
    LOVE her!! No name, though…I will have to work on that one.

    What features does your machine have that work well for you?
    I love the basic stitches and use them the most, but I also love the built in alphabets and the embroidery unit.

    Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
    Nope! I pretty much love it!

    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!
    My husband got a job in New Jersey after grad school. We moved out here from the west, where we had both lived all of out lives. To say we had a little culture shock was an understatement. After the first six months, I was still terribly home sick. My parents came to visit for Thanksgiving and my mom took me out to replace the (very old) Elna that I had been sewing with. I was SOOO excited for a new machine that I started making things and selling them, I met so many fun ladies because of this that my homesickness all but disappeared! Almost four years later we are still in Jersey and loving it!

    Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
    I don’t think they make this model anymore…but if they did, YES.

    What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
    What you will use it for, how often and your budget.

    Do you have a dream machine?
    I think so…now i just need a few more accessories 😉

  42. Stephanie says:

    I can’t wait to learn more!! 🙂

  43. Courtney says:

    I put my meme up today:
    This was a lot of fun, and I’ve enjoyed reading the couple of others I’ve seen so far. I can’t wait for the final list to be compiled and to read through lots of them!

  44. Kim says:

    I posted mine last week, but I forgot to tell you!

  45. Jo says:

    I have both a Bernina 165E and a Pfaff Grand Quilter…Check out more here…

  46. johanna says:

    I have just done my first blog post and meme in one!

  47. Bobbie says:

    What brand and model do you have?
    I Have 2 –Husqvarna 5610 & Husqvarna /Viking Sapphire 870 Quilt
    How long have you had it?
    My first machine the 5610 I have had since this model came out many, many years ago.
    The Sapphire I have had for a year
    How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
    The Sapphire – $1995.00 Canadian
    What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec. projects, etc.)?
    All of the above … quilting, baby items, clothing…
    How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
    Between 20-30 hours a week… as much as possible..
    Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
    I love my new machine… just out grew my first machine…
    What features does your machine have that work well for you?
    I Love the “My Favorites” saved stitches… have my scant ¼” set and saved it saves a lot of time, no guessing the next time I sit down to a project
    – the needle threader …
    Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
    No … not really
    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!
    Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
    Yes!!! It is so easy to use…
    What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
    Dependability!! The ability to use on any fabric type, user friendly
    Do you have a dream machine?
    I have it !!!

  48. April says:

    Posted mine! You can check it out here:

  49. Kylla says:

    I am SO excited for this month’s topic! I’ve had my Singer for 3 yrs now and don’t use it anywhere near to its full potential… definitely in part because my lack of knowledge. Thanks!

  50. The link to my post is:
    Thanks soooo much for the wonderful opportunity!
    Tracy 🙂

  51. Angela says:

    I posted about my Singer Slant-o-Matic 401 and RIccar Lock RL-613 serger.

  52. My sewing machine is old, so I can’t offer too much help, but I’ll try. Also, if the day ever comes that I have to get a new machine (shhhh – don’t let her know I said that!), I’ll know where I can get a resource list!

  53. Renee E says:

    I have a beginner Brother model xl 2600, but I would love to here about some of the other machines thanks!

  54. Sara says:

    What brand and model do you have? Elna 2002
    How long have you had it?almost 3 years
    How much does that machine cost (approximately)? a very good friend die of cancer and left it to me

    What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? mainly refashion clothing,hems,babe quilts and some crafts

    How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? not a lot maybe 1-2 times a week so far she’s been ok but I’m getting ready to test her 2 babes on the way; and some presents that I need to get to it, and a pile of jeans that are converted to Capri-pants and shorts for my daughter

    Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? I like it she’s dear to me for sentimental reasons; name… Elna is good! Elvira was my friend’s name

    What features does your machine have that work well for you?the basic stitches straight,zig-zag, stretch-stitch

    Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?that I don’t have the manual the only problem that I had so far it was that the tread was getting tangle on the bottom but it turn out that i was using bad tread on the boobing is been a trial and error but for the most part is been good to me

    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! she is with me by mere luck somebody almost send her to the goodwill got just the machine, no pedal , manual or any accessory

    Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? is a good beginners sewing machine it has the basic straight stitch,zig-zag, button -hole(that I hadn’t use “a little scarer”and no used for it )and a stretch-stitch found the how to on a site in the web, so for me maybe she is perfect

    What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?”what type of sewing are you planing to do ” and your budget

    Do you have a dream machine? lest put it this way, sewing machines are like shoes to me, love them all can have snuff. but like in that department(shoes) I learn my lessons(bloodied-blisters) not because they’re beautiful it means they’re good for you. I would like to thank you and all the lady’s that have blogs(I’m a lurked “guilty “)because I have learn immeasurably this pas moths and to answer the ? only this anything “Swiss” (my son says is because I love Roger F.)

  55. Mary says:

    I just posted mine to my blog.
    This will be a great resource for when I decide to upgrade!

  56. Elyse Mullis says:

    Here is my review on my Janome sewing machine!

  57. Sandra- crazy crafter says:

    I am new to blogging but have been sewing and crafting for about 50 years so I will have a go at answering the questions on my blog. If I get the hang of it!!

  58. Dani says:

    Here is my blog post answering your questions.


  59. Ani says:

    I entered my meme on my blog yesterday. I have a Pfaff 1475CD – a classic workhorse and an Elna EnVision CE20 which I mainly use for the embroidery feature but it sews real well also – love the knee lift!! Best, Ani

  60. Jane says:

    I have reviewed my Singer 5808C. It’s 17 years old. The reviews on my blog:


  61. Amy says:

    My sewing machine is a Kenmore
    here is my meme:

    This was fun! Thanks!

  62. Jessica says:

    Such a great idea for Sewing Machine Month! Thanks for the meme. Here’s my post:

  63. Am excited about this! My comments are posted here.

  64. Awesome meme! Here is mine on my Brother machine ~

  65. Sharon says:

    I have gulp 6 sewing machines and a serger — I love them all (well maybe not the serger so much) … for different reasons. 1- i bought for the beautiful art deco cabinet ..and discovered later that the old black singer with many attachments actually worked! 2- is a white i bought at Joannes — it is basic but my first free arm machine 2 – I got for free an old Singer and an old kenmore (i spent $15 on the right case for it tho) — they are awesome workhorse machines 1- i got for $10 it is a japanese deluxe zig – zag and has more chrome than your daddy’s oldsmobile. and Finally i bought myself a bernina — which i am just learning to use but loving. — I’m gonna try the meme either on my blog or the forums

  66. Rebekah says:

    Here’s a link to my post about my Janome 6260QC:

  67. britt says:

    Finally got my responses posted

  68. Jean says:

    This is about my Pfaff hobbymatic 955

  69. Deb says:

    I just bought a new machine and am loving it! How perfect for Sewing Machine month to be this month!

  70. Peggy says:

    Here’s mine! Thanks for the fun meme!

  71. Tase says:

    Would be better if I included the URL 🙁

  72. Tase says:

    Here are the answers to my meme for a Husqvarna Designer II

  73. marya says:

    Wow, this is timely! The cheapo I bought at Target a year ago just bit the dust, and I so bought an all metal refurbished Necchi 3537 on ebay. I do really simple sewing–curtains, slipcovers, clothing–but I have been getting a bit more ambitious. I am hoping this machine works out for me.

  74. ara jane says:

    yay! so excited about the meme. my contribution is about my brother ce-5000prw:

  75. Virginia J says:

    I have a Brother Innovis 1500 D, I got it as a 2007 tax return gift from my hubby, Cost $2799.00. My intent was to learn to sew and now am in formal classes to make it happen. The machine embroiders and sews like a dream. I just wish I had time in my day to practice other than class.

  76. LiEr says:

    Here’s the link to my post with my responses. I had fun with this meme! I should be in bed asleep, but couldn’t resist. Thank you for doing this whole sewing machine month – so much useful information!

  77. Nancy says:

    How timely! My 40 year old machine is starting to give me problems and I don’t think it will be worth fixing. So, I may soon in the market for a new machine.

  78. Jennie says:

    Oops! My link doesn’t work above, so here’s a better link to my answers about my Kenmore 🙂

  79. Maureen says:

    The sewing machine meme was fun. My answers are posted at

  80. Heidi says:

    Hi, here’s my machine review. I can’t wait to read some of the other reviews.

  81. Em says:

    My machine’s story:

  82. Em says:

    I enjoyed answering your questions… a girl’s sewing machine is close to her heart…

  83. *Isabella* says:

    I already emailed these answers to you, but I thought I should post it on this thread in case there was anyone out there that wanted to read about the Kenmore Mini Ultra. 🙂

    What brand and model do you have?
    Kenmore Mini Ultra

    How long have you had it?
    About 3 years

    How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
    I think I bought it on sale at Sears for $50-$80.

    What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
    Clothing, stuffed animals/dolls, bags/purses, baby gifts (bibs, blankets, burp cloths), baby shoes

    How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
    I sew about 3-4 hours every other day. I would say it gets a moderate amount of wear and tear, but I maintain it pretty well.

    Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
    I like my machine. It’s very easy to use and small in size. Her name is Betty. 🙂

    What features does your machine have that work well for you?
    All of the basic features of any machine – a good amount of stitches, easy to use, etc. Nothing fancy.

    Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?

    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!
    There is nothing super exciting to tell about it…other than I got it because I wanted to make my own veil for my wedding.
    Oh, and I once thought it was possessed when I would turn it on and it would start sewing right away (turns out my fabric bin was on the pedal).

    Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
    Definitely. It is a great sewing machine for beginners or for anyone who is looking for a straight-forward, “no frills” machine.

    What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
    I think it’s very important to look for a machine that is going to suit your specific needs, not just go out and buy one because it has all the bells and whistles.

  84. Dawn says:

    Not sure if its to late to share. I just got to postin in my blog today 😉
    I’ve got a babylock esante

  85. Sophie says:

    What a great meme! Just wanted to let you know I posted all your quesions and answers about my “Brother” on my blog

  86. Mariana says:

    I have to think about the answers. I love my sewing machine, it’s a Pfaff, and I’m very happy with it.
    There’s not much people around there with this brand.

  87. Jane says:

    My meme is up! I am so looking forward to reading these!

  88. Holee says:

    I’ve posted my Sewing Meme here:

    This was a lot of fun and brought back a lot of Good memories!

  89. Kim says:

    I uses a Janome. I love it. It was a wedding present from my husbands uncle. It works great for free motion quilting.

  90. Florence says:

    I so wish this had been around when I was buying!

    I’d love for my meme to be included in your list – you can find it here:

    The make is a Pfaff and the model is a Classicstyle Home 1529.

    Thank you. x

  91. Wendy D says:

    I’ve got a janome which I love so much, its uber reliable, quiet and very easy to use, so much in fact I got my school to buy 3 when they needed to replace some old machines from the textile department. I have to say the kids love them and find them very easy to use so a new generation of sewing lovers are on their way.

  92. Alison says:

    Great Meme, I am on it! I will be posting on but will email you as well to let you know.

  93. bliccancy says:

    Hi, Congratulations to the site owner for this marvelous work you’ve done. It has lots of useful and interesting data.

  94. Leslie says:

    Finally posted about my sewing machine. I love reading about other people’s machines.

  95. Emily says:

    Oh, my goodness… I actually haven’t looked at this blog in months because (this sounds crazy, but hear me out) I get a little too much inspiration from it! I don’t have as much time for my sewing and crafting as I’d like, and there’s so much amazing information on the blog that I don’t even want to read it when I can’t then go use it! Anyway, I’ve been looking for a new sewing machine because I feel like I’ve outgrown mine, so this is perfect. I just wanted to say thank you so, so much. I guess I’ll have to read this month and hope that the rest of my life doesn’t get left behind as a result. 🙂

  96. Cheri says:

    I am thinking of buying a new machine soon so this is great! Here is mine…….

  97. Cassandra says:

    Lots of questions. I have a singer that I bought almost 20 years ago. I purchased it for $600 I think. I wanted one with a one step buttonhole. I still use it but I’m not crazy about it.

    I just need to work on my projects soon. I haven’t sewn in months.

  98. Jenny says:

    I have a Janome 6600 and it’s my DREAM machine! What a great idea for the reviews 🙂 Here’s mine:

  99. Jeannette says:

    It’s fun reading people’s stories.

    Here’s my post:

  100. Bethany says:

    What a great idea! Thanks!

  101. Gina says:

    Bernina 230.
    Had it for 3 years.
    Cost was about $1100.
    Used for piecing quilts and quilting smaller quilts.
    A good bit of wear and tear during the summer when I am home; not much during the winter.
    Absolutely love it; couldn’t do without it.
    Feature I love: Needle threader is wonderful.
    Would definitely recommend it. Best sewing machine I have ever sewn on.
    Wish it had a wider work area for quilting and wish it did embroidery, but maybe the next one.
    Just make sure you sit and sew on any machine before you take it home. If the store offers classes, that would be the selling feature for me,

  102. Stacey says:

    I wrote this blog post several months after I got my BabyLock Ellegante sewing/embroidery machine. It sums it all up… in a dramatic way 🙂

  103. staci says:

    I have an older model Elna that I really like. I completed the survey and you can see it at my blog. 🙂

  104. Melissa says:

    Thanks for doing this! I’ve reviewed my Babylock Crafter’s Choice here:

  105. My review of my Huskystar Viking is here –

    Thanks for doing this!

  106. Jennifer says:

    This is such a great idea! This will benefit so many sewers when we go to buy new machines. Thanks! Here’s mine!

  107. Sibylle says:

    I just did the meme about my good old machine and you can find it here

  108. KZ says:

    I just posted my review of my Brother XR-65 on my blog.

  109. Kristin L says:

    Here’s my blog post about my beloved Bernina 440:

  110. Raphiel says:

    I was so excited about the prize I didn’t leave my link…

  111. shimrit says:

    i own a very old singer. i dont even know it’s model (i can only say it’s black with gold sphinx on it, and have a sliver metal bar on it’s side) . it was my grandmother’s and i really love it. i only wish it to be more updated. i cant change the feet’ it only does stright lines’ no zigzag or other functiong.

  112. Erika says:

    I just posted mine on my blog…
    .hope I am entered for the giveaway, I need a new machine 🙂 I’m ready to upgrade to a new one….HUGS

  113. Becky says:

    As someone in the market for a new sewing machine, I think this is a fantastic idea. I’m really excited to get some first hand knowledge of all the machines out there! I currently have a Singer, but it’s a beginner’s machine and I’m ready for something more. Thanks!

  114. Em says:

    OK, I did the meme!!! Here’s a link to my post on my blog:

    I hope the link works! I can’t wait to read all about other’s machines… mine is so basic!!!

  115. Jennie says:

    I’m so excited for this month! Thank you so much for offering all of this information!
    Here is the info about my trusty little Kenmore:

  116. stephanie says:

    Here’s my blog. I did the survey.


  117. I have a Singer machine from Walmart. Price was $79.99 if I remember right. I’m a really new sewer. I stare at the machine mostly, wishing I was good at sewing. I’ve made a couple of little things. Practice, practice, practice. And I haven’t done too much practicing. If I ever learn to be a little better, I would love to have a Bernina. But, I don’t need to spend that much if I don’t use the Singer. The only thing I wish is that the Singer didn’t come with more feet. I would love to have a walking foot.

  118. Rose says:

    I wrote about my machine today. My husband calls my sewing machine my boyfriend lol.

  119. Joanna N says:

    Here’s my post about my three sewing machines, 2 Kenmores and a Bernina:


  120. Jennifer says:

    This was a lot of fun to think about! Thanks for starting this. I wrote about mine here:

  121. colleen doctorian says:

    I have a Janome that I really like. It does lots of kewl stitches but is not overly complicated.

    My 10-year-old daughter is trying to learn about sewing a made her first tote bag last week.

  122. Kara says:

    I have been looking for a new sewing machine. I’m sure all of this info will be very helpful!

  123. I love my Bernina 1080. It’s been a reliable workhorse since I received it in 1993. Would love a machine with a long arm for quilting!

  124. Nancy says:

    Love this! Thank you!

  125. Cheryl says:

    Hosting this topic on your blog this month is precisely one of the reasons I love your Blog. It draws us in, brings us together and we all get to benefit from each others talents, ideas, and knowledge. It is quite late but it’s been hard to pull my self away just from reading as many comments as possible here. Thanks to ALL of you who took time to write about your machines, I am truly amazed at some and have been given new insight from others. So thanks.

  126. Lauranie says:

    Mine is up…hope it helps someone!

  127. Nikki says:

    I blogged my sewing machine survey here:

  128. Amber says:

    I am so excited to learn more about machines and talk about my machine that I LOVE! Thanks for the hosting this. I am so excited!

  129. Betty says:

    This was a lot of fun, I’ve got mine up at

  130. Oh maybe one day I will buy a machine, this list will be handy!

  131. Anna says:

    Right, think I’ve got the hang of this now!
    I’ve posted mine here:

  132. Liz says:

    Yay what a fun theme! Can’t wait to learn about some of the technical stuff I am lacking – no idea how to pick a presser foot, no idea what kind if needles I need for what, no idea to how use a buttonholer. I’m so basic in my sewing knowledge it’s sad.

  133. Jody says:

    How fun and exciting. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I’m so glad I found your site. I will go read more on how to subscribe or follow.



  134. Lauren says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading all of these, such a variety of stories behind everyone’s machine(s)! Here is my machine’s meme:

  135. Asia says:

    Enjoy my review at
    Thanks for doing this, I’ve had fun reading all of these!

  136. supa says:

    fun! I wrote about my Singer 5932 and Brother Lock 929D.

  137. Valerie says:

    How fun! I love the idea of a sewing machine meme — a great way to learn about other machines beside my own!

  138. aj says:

    Wow! I was just thinking the other day…reminiscing about how when I was young my Mother always made us clothes. It was in the early 70’s. She & I and my Barbie doll would all have matching polyester outfits, lol. Eventually she quit making clothes for me as I got older, but she was infamous for just picking out some fabric and a pattern (or just winging it) and disappear upstairs for a few hours and emerge wearing some beautiful new dress! (She had moved on to other fabrics by then…no more polyester) I never learned to sew though. I wish I had. I have always been crafty, but never done any REAL sewing. So I was thinking the other day how I really need to learn…
    …then I happen upon your blog! And I am so totally motivated now!
    Thanks for all the great info! I will be back, again and again, with my teenage daughters, so we can learn to sew together!

  139. Hap says:

    Umm, I wish this month happened BEFORE I bought my sewing machine. My machine is ok, but it’s giving me some issues. Thankfully, I bought it at a good retail shop, and I can bring it back anytime for help / advice / servicing. If only the shop weren’t so far away. Sigh. 🙂

  140. Maja says:

    Hi, I would like to buy a vintage singer sewing machine, and the local seller has model 99K (serial number starting with Y) and a 28K from 1938. 28K is more intricatelly decorated and is about twice the price of the other one. Both are hand crank powered, but the seller would put on an original singer motor and foot pedal free of charge (and also give me the original hand crank). Could anyone advice me on which of the two is a better machine?

  141. Kelly says:

    Hi, I reviewed my Pfaff creative1475CD machine, it’s an old machine, but I think my comments would be useful to anyone thinking about buying a Pfaff.
    Thanks, Kelly 🙂

  142. Carolyne says:

    My answers and a photo of my machine are blogged here.
    Thanks for the meme!


  143. Rebecca says:

    “What brand and model do you have?”

    I have at least 2 dozen sewing machines, but I only use 5 of them regularly.
    The machines I use regularly include a Willcox & Gibbs Automatic tension chain stitch treadle, a Singer feather weight 221, a Singer 128 hand crank, a Singer 15-91, a Babylock imagine serger, and I recently acquired a Babylock ellure plus.

    “How long have you had it?”

    The W&G is circa 1912, I purchased it in 2004, the featherweight I think is from the 1940’s, I have had it over a year, the 128 is another antique, but I have had it maybe 3-4 years, the serger is a year old, and the ellure plus I have only had for a few months.

    “How much does that machine cost (approximately)?”

    The W&G was $135 ( but prices have gone up, I’d expect at least $300 if I were to ever sell it).
    The featherweight was $265 which I consider a fair price since I usually see similar condition ones getting at least $300-$400.
    The Singer 128 was a trade with another collector friend but I’m thinking it would be worth at least $100, it is in really nice condition.
    The Babylock Imagine serger was about $900 and included a work book, a bunch of attachments, and a nice black rolling case.
    The Babylock Ellure plus was $1,500, but that included the masterworks lite software, a work book, a walking foot, etc.. as part of a package deal. It should have been about $2,100.00 for everything.

    “What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?”

    I sew everything except quilts. Unless you count making a potholder as a very miniature quilt? I mostly make purses, but also lots of home dec, and some clothes, and alterations/repairs of store bought clothes.

    I have sewn everything from a Santa hat for a live pet snake to wear, to a custom car cover for a hearse. I like challenges, and I’ll try to sew almost anything once.

    “How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?”

    I try to sew for at least a little while every day. I find it helps relax me before going to bed. Sometimes it might only be half an hour, other times I sew for many hours. It depends on if I am making something just for fun at my leisure, or actually have a deadline…like needing a dress hemmed so I can wear it to a specific event. The Willcox & Gibbs treadle gets the most use, seconded by the serger, but I have been spending a lot of time lately with the ellure plus as I learn to use all of it’s features.

    “Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?”

    I love most of my Willcox & Gibbs machines. I actually have 6 W&G’s that are up and running, but I only use one of them on a regular basis. No, most of them don’t have names. When I got to the point where I had over 30 sewing machines in the house and half of them were W&G, and most of the rest were various old black singers… they were lucky to be referred to by their serial numbers. I’ve never been good at names. I’m lucky I don’t have kids. Their names would be blank on their birth certificates. ;o)

    I do have a non-working Dearborn blind stitcher that my boyfriend calls “the beast”. The guy we got it from asked me if I knew what it was, and I really had no clue other than it was some sort of sewing machine. I paid $10 for it just because it intrigued me. I think it was a good deal, now that I know blind stitchers cost $400 new! One of these days when I have nothing better to do, I’ll try to get “the beast” working. My boyfriend likes the machine, so it sits by his computer. Most of the time I don’t go in that room and sometimes I forget I even have that machine! It’s bad when you have so many machines that you forget you have some of them.

    I like the featherweight, but I don’t love it. It suits its purpose as being a lightweight portable machine, but I think my singer 15-91 sews better. I like the 15-91 so much that I have 4 of them, but only 2 work right now.

    The singer 128 hand crank I like for sewing outdoors. It is a strong machine that I have used to attach Velcro to heavy marine vinyl! All I needed was a roller foot, upholstery thread, and some schmetz leather needles. My boyfriend frequently has me do repairs to car covers and such with it, and these projects are too big for me to do inside, so having a machine I can use outside with no electricity is handy. I have been known to sew on a hand crank while sitting inside the back of the hearse .

    I love my babylock imagine serger, it is almost idiot proof. I haven’t had the ellure plus long enough to test out all its features, but so far I like it.

    “What features does your machine have that work well for you?”

    That depends on which machine we are talking about.

    I love machines that are simple to use. I hate adjusting tensions. Therefore the W&G with automatic tension is my favorite sewing machine, and for the same reasons I also love my babylock imagine serger.

    The imagine has no tension dials, and it even threads itself. I also love the threading on the ellure plus. The ellure is one of those machines that is supposed to do everything, sew, quilt, embroider, etc… so its going to take me awhile to learn all its different settings, but the machine is smart. It has a lcd screen that tells me what foot to put on for each type of stitching, and even when the bobbin is going to run out of thread.

    “Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?”

    I don’t like winding bobbins on the singer 128. They drive me insane. I don’t like fiddling with the tensions on any of my singers, I only use the singers when I need to sew heavy duty stuff, or need portability or both.

    “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 haven’t sewn through my finger since I was 4 years old, and that was on my mom’s machine that she no longer has, so does it count?? ;o)

    I have dropped machines on myself.

    I was recently attacked by a staple on a treadle belt that I was changing for a friend. I got my finger impaled on the belt’s staple and attached to the machine! I had to pry about 1/4 inch of metal out of my finger, and yes, blood oozed everywhere.

    I do have my great grandfather’s singer 15-30 treadle, yes grandfather, not grandmother. He sewed for a living. According to grandma her dad sewed shirts, and then later became a furrier ( someone who sews fur coats). My mom inherited the treadle irons and cabinet, but didn’t want the machine so she left it behind with grandma. When I developed an interest in old machines, I found out that grandma still had the machine at her house, but installed in a different cabinet. She let me have it. Unfortunately my mother didn’t want to let the cabinet and treadle irons go, so I just fixed up the head, bought a new belt, and installed it at my parents home. My grandmother and my parents thought I was insane for wanting to get that machine going again, but they humored me and let me do it. The machine is now with my mom, at least for the rest of her life. Not to be morbid or anything, but I think my mom will outlive me. She is just one of those incredibly healthy people who almost never gets sick or has accidents, so I’m thinking that I wont be inheriting anything from her. She’s going to be stuck inheriting my sewing machines and she hates sewing!

    I think the sewing thing skipped a generation as my mother knows how to do all kinds of needlework but doesn’t enjoy it and rarely finishes anything she starts. She has a trunk filled with unfinished knitting , crochet and embroidery projects most started when I was a baby and she was playing bored housewife for a few years. I’m almost 40, my mother will be 67 this summer, she still works full time, and she still thinks she might finish these 40 year old projects some day. She has baby sweaters she started for kids that are probably having their own kids by now! Maybe the grandkids of some of my cousins might get some ancient baby sweaters one of these decades. Not that my cousins have grandkids yet, but they will by the time my mother ever finishes any baby sweaters.

    “Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?”

    I routinely get rid of machines I don’t like, so anything that stays with me for a few years and I use on a regular basis is one I would recommend. I believe in owning multiple machines as each serves a different purpose.

    The Willcox and Gibbs is a chain stitcher that is wonderful for basting garments, and can do really cool embroidery. It also has the easiest attachments to learn to use. For example, I love the hemmers for the W&G and I never got the hang of the singer hemmers. I’d recommend the automatic tension models.

    I like the featherweight for portability, it is the only electric portable I own that I can lift and carry myself, and do so with one hand as well!

    I love my imagine serger, and would recommend it highly.

    I’m one of those people who loves antiques and loves high technology and can find uses for both.

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

    With any machine you need to think about what things you already like to sew, plus new things you want to try and if that machine is capable of it.

    I would read manuals online and see how easy or complicated the machine is . Most new machines have manuals on their websites, and many old ones can be found for free online as well.

    Price & quality are important too.

    Everyone’s budget is different and you got to work with it.

    Also important if considering an antique machine is if needles and such are still being made for it. The W&G needles are discontinued, but I have a large stockpile of them so I can sew on mine for the rest of my life. I would not recommend a machine with expensive, hard to find, discontinued needles to anyone as their main or only sewing machine. I know that conflicts with my recommending a W&G at all, but they are wonderful machines, you just cant have one as your only machine. Its a great second or third machine to have. Your main machine should be something that needles are still made for.

    I can recommend the singer 15-91 or featherweight because they use standard 15×1 needles and bobbins and other parts are still being made, are easy enough to find, and not too expensive.

    “Do you have a dream machine?”

    Yeah, I fell in love with some of the top of the line computerized embroidery machines from babylock but they take up way too much room. I’m also not looking to spend $10,000.00 ! I also wouldn’t mind a cover stitch machine.

    I already own all my other dream machines.

    Pictures of my machines and projects:

    Some basic Willcox & Gibbs info, including free manuals, needle info, and help with cabinet and part ID: 


  144. Tiina says:

    I’m really waiting your posts during this month. I’m a beginner with the sewing machine, so all tips are more than welcome.

  145. Deb says:

    I have to start a blog just so I can respond lol

  146. Kimberly Fennie says:

    Perfect timing on this topic! I am planning my beginner sewing class for 3rd & 4th graders in a homeschool co-op…I’m sure I will get great pointers of things to include here! Thanks!!!!!!

  147. Lise says:

    This is a great idea; thanks for doing it. My post about my Kenmore 14 Stitch is here:

  148. Jodie says:

    I just posted my review of the Pfaff Expressions 2038 on my blog. Check it out at .

  149. Peggy B says:

    Old Machine
    Singer Genie, small portable (My daughter now has this machine)
    Bought in 1975
    Cost $99.00 in 1975
    I sewed everything with this machine drapes, baby clothes, pageant dresses, suit coats, dresses.
    I sewed tons with this machine and even wore out the contacts in 2 foot pedals.
    This was the best machine ever and still is, only did about 6 different stitches and never had to be serviced except once for a new bobbin winder piece that I wore out.
    Features were basic, straight, zig zag, stretch stitch and a couple of others, less to have problems with.
    I bought this machine to take with me to college. My mother had a Singer Golden Touch and Sew which had all this fancy stuff on it and it was the biggest lemon ever. So when I went to purchase a machine I wanted the simplest I could find therefore less could go wrong and it was the best purchase ever.
    Husquvarna Viking 630
    Cannot remember when I bought it, many years ago.
    Paid about
    Again I have sewed everything mentioned above with this machine and it continues to be a workhorse.
    The Husquvarna brand is very reliable and I have only had it in for basic service one time.
    I will sew over many folded layers of blue jeans without any problems.
    My dream machine, I would like a computerized machine that I could quilt with.
    Probably a Janome 6600 or Bernina Aurora 440 main factor being I cannot do quilting with my current machine.

  150. Christy says:

    I don’t have a blog, but here are my machines:

    Singer Slant 404 – it was my mom’s, I learned to sew on it and I love it. I have it set up just to do ruffles right now.
    Pfaff 2124 – this was my first major purchase, I proved to myself (& my husband) that I sew enough to deserve a nice machine. It was $1400. It’s a combination embroidery machine which I was not looking for. I hate it for embroidery (which is okay, I have a separate emb. machine) but love it for sewing. I bought it because it was a good deal for a pfaff and it has automatic tension which I like, my only wish is that it had the bobbin sensor that tells you when you are almost out.
    Brother 750-D – This is my embroidery machine. It was $500. I didn’t like it at first, had some issues, I bought it used and got worried, but it worked itself out and I love it now.

    I just sold:

    Brother 180-D Embroidery machine for $100. I bought it about a year and a half ago and loved it, I wanted to keep it but then I had to buy another card for it and that alone was almost $100 so I parted with it!

    Singer 7144 – I sold it to a friend for $50. I was going to keep it to teach my daughter, but I already have a spare and I was excited to help teach someone to sew again!

    One thing I did find is that I really like having a separate sewing machine and embroidery machine. If you are looking to get into embroidery – my suggestion is to buy a used machine. I sew and embroider a lot at the same time, and you can’t do that with a combination machine!!

  151. Brenda says:

    Here is my Meme on my sewing machine.I love reading about other people machines.

  152. Mona says:

    I have 3 vintage machines, so I almost skipped this, thinking it wouldn’t apply to me. Then I decided that for those starting out, or on a tight budget, it might be helpful to hear the benefits of a vintage sewing machine.

    Thanks for doing this and hosting the giveaway. Even though I managed not to win a thing, I had a lot of fun exploring and meeting new people.

  153. Anna says:

    I’ve emailed my answers and I chose to write about my 1950’s Novum as it’s my favourite 🙂

  154. Nancy Mc says:

    I have a 50 yr-old Elna that my parents got me when I gradualed college. And no, that was NOT 50 yrs ago. They bought it because it is just like my Mom’s and never gives us any trouble. I am trying to learn to quilt so need to upgrade my machine for that but will nev er get rid of my Elna!

  155. Lindsey says:

    fun! i always forget my models’ #, so I’ll have to go home and look it up 🙂

  156. Helena says:

    This sounds great, can’t wait to see what everyone says. I may have to pull my new one out of it’s box.

  157. This is such a great idea. I am a new sewer and can’t wait to read opinions on sewing machines.

  158. Diane says:

    Brand/Model: Actually, I have 60+ machines: all treadles and handcranks. Singer, Davis, National, New Home, etc.
    I’ve been collecting them for the last 4-5 years. Cost varies: Most expensive – $400; least expensive – probably $25. Oldest machine is 1861, newest is probably 60s model. I sew mostly quilts and rotate thru my vintage machines. I usually take a treadle to quilt retreat or national teacher workshops, and handcrank to guild classes. I love all my machines, and some are quite beautiful (great decals; inlaid mother of pearl) – and they all sew! I have machines that sew only straight stitch, some that use decorative cams/disks, some dedicated zigzaggers – so I can do most anything that a modern machine can do; especially with the various vintage attachments I have. I would recommend vintage sewing macines whole heartedly – they will still be sewing years after the plastic “wonders” are in the landfill. (and I can sew when the electricity is out – which happened at a retreat one year. I didn’t even realize what happened, as I continued to sew while others had to wait.). Buy a machine that works for you (and these just happen to be what I love); but it should be able to last many years. Another plus is that I can work on these machines myself – saving LOTS of money – to buy fabric! 🙂

  159. Kelli says:

    Well, I don’t have a blog, so I’ll just have to read the answers at the end of the month, but I’m very interested to see what you’ve got up your sleeves this month!

  160. Sheryl says:

    Sounds like fun! Here is a link to my blog post:

  161. Kelly W says:

    I look forward to reading about everyones machine adventures. I finally got a machine with a manual. I’ll either be using a Singer 1425 from 82-85 or a Singer 9113 from 91-93, depending on the outcome of the servicing this weekend (or both if they don’t require much or any work).

    I’m starting a sewing blog to help me keep track (and stay on track) of my projects so will answer the questions there and post a link.

  162. sandy says:

    My answers will publish tomorrow on 6/3

  163. Monica says:

    I have an ancient sewing machine. It is a singer just a step above the tredle machines. It was my great grandmothers. I love it, but it would be nice to display it instead of using it all the time. Plus it can only do a straight stitch, absolutely nothing else.

  164. MARIA ISABEL says:

    My only machine is a Singer sewing Singer model 876, has many years the heirs of my grandmother. It is a very accurate machine, once I have repaired. My dream would be modernized and a new machine to quilt.

  165. Abby says:

    Here’s the link to my blog with my answers about my Brother CE4000:

    What a great resource!!!

  166. Ellen Ban says:

    Brand & Models: my mother’s Singer 99 I learned to sew on…had it 40 years
    Kenmore 19110: had it 3 years($249+ free sewing table w/ purchase)
    Also have 2 Other Kenmores(25 years & 10 years) and a Singer Featherweight(4 years but haven’t tried it yet…)

    Singer 99 is great for a beautiful straight stitch and is really well made…like to use it for topstitching…Story: This machine flew in a first class seat when I took it to college! I was in coach…

    Kenmore 19110 is my everyday machine mostly for quilting projects…love the needle down option and the speed control which I am using to learn free motion quilting with. I believe it is made by Janome and it’s a pleasure to work on.

    I would recommend the 19110 to someone who wants to do quilting…My first quilts were hand pieced and hand quilted because I was afraid of doing them on a machine without these features…

    My dream machine would be a fancy Bernina but at this point it’s a far off dream and I will be content with my 19110!

  167. jm says:

    Oh, this is going to be fun!

  168. Bethany says:

    Ooh, Ijust love learning about other people’s machines! Thank you all!

  169. Amber says:

    What a terrific idea! This will be so great for people shopping for new machines – I know I was a little lost when I went to buy one but somehow ended up with a great machine.

  170. Tanya Barrett says:

    I don’t have a blog but I’m really starting to rethink it…..I enjoy others soo much

  171. Diane says:

    I don’t have a blog – but my sewing machine is almost 30 years old. It is one of Singer’s earliest computerized machines. My Mom used it for almost 20 years and then gave it to me after the birth of my triplet girls. I guess she figured with 4 girls I’d need to do alot of sewing. Since my girls have started sewing with 4-H we recently bought a Janome Magnolia 7330 – mostly b/c we have a shop in town that will service them if needed. We’ve had it 3 months and already my girls have made two winning outfits for 4-H, some other clothing and right now they are all making Moda Sweet Treat bags! Having two machines with 5 sewing helps!

  172. anita says:

    Hi, I have a viking 555 sewing machine. I really like my machine, it has a great variety of stitches, a strong motor, and is easy to thread. I’ve made a lot of quilts in the last 10 years. I’ve recently been making clothes for my daughter and myself as well as stuffed toys for my daughter. I think I paid about $900 for this machine 9 years ago. I’ve only purchased a few additional feet for this machine. These feet include the quilting package, which I use a lot. Most recently I purchased a 1/4 inch piecing foot, which I love and highly recommend. I selected this machine because it seemed more user friendly than the comparable Bernina. It had a large variety of decorative stitches, which I felt would keep happy for a very long time and I have been very happy with this machine. The only thing that I would change at this point is to add a few more inches to the working space of the machine for quilting. I think Viking has a new machine that has something like 10 inches of working space.

  173. Leigh says:

    I am in the market for a new machine, so this is perfect!!!

  174.–thanks for the meme–great way to start the month!

  175. An says:

    Blogging all my answers here:

    I love this Meme also.

  176. Linnea says:

    I don’t have a sewing blog… yet. I have been thinking of making one just to post information about projects that I’m working on. Even if no one sees it but me. 🙂

  177. maggie says:

    This was fun and I can’t wait to hear what others say about their machines. I have a Brother Innovis 40 and here is the link

  178. Alissa says:

    Great idea! My sewing machine is mostly collecting dust since the latest baby was born, so at least I can talk about it!

    Here it is:

  179. Pammie says:

    I own 7 sewing machines, by far my favorites are my 1904 Singer 66-1 Lotus treadle with back clamping feet. It is a dream to sew on and very “Green” meaning it uses no electricity, and my 1914 Jones Family CS hand crank sewing machine. Neither have any built in designs, nor do either of them have a reverse stitch. Both are used for quilting and clothing.

    The nice thing about these two machines is the simplicity of them, they can be maintained by me and oiled by me and they sew a wonderful stitch.

    My other machines are a 1980 Montogomery Wards with decorative cams, New Home MemoryCraft 6000, 2040 Tiptronic Pfaff, Brother PaceSetter 6500, Brother CS-8150 for the Motorhome, and the newest addition a 1958 Singer 185K(green). My dad bought one for my mom ( in 1958) and that is what I learned to sew on. I bought it so my Hubby could use it as it sews very thick fabrics like leather and canvas.

    As with any machine, a straight stitcher or the new more complicated ones with all the gizmos and decorative stitches. You must take the time to learn how to use it and all it accessorie feet. After sewing for nearly 40 years, I bought my Pfaff and took the free lessons and those lessons allowed me to use all the other machines to their full potential. Any straight stitch machine can free motion embroider, and do stippling on a quilt.

    Also you need to take the time to sit at your machine and open the manual that comes with it and go from the front to the back and try out all the stitches. Cut some fabrics swatches out that are light enough in color so you can see the stitches and can write on. While doing that, take notes as to your settings and keep samples of what you sewed. Then when you want to sew something and you knew you had done it before, go back to those samples and the notes on them and set up the machine according to your notes and go have some fun sewing.

  180. hannah says:

    This is cool, I spent such a long time looking for this sort of info before I bought my machine and it really does help.

  181. Cristalle says:

    This is so great! I’ve been learning a lot over the last few years and am very excited to see what you guys have to teach me about machines! Especially since I just got a new Bernina! Yay! xo!

  182. annie says:

    What brand and model do you have?
    ~~I collect antique machines and use them for all my sewing. My primary machine right now is a 1930s Singer 15 treadle. For machine quilting I use a 1950s Japanese-made 15 mounted over a set of Singer treadle irons. In addition, I have four or five other antique machines that see regular use.

    How long have you had it?
    ~~Been using treadles, for 18 years. I’ve had my two primary machines in use for about a year.

    How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
    ~~Total investment for the two machines was less than $100.

    What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
    ~~I’m a professional quilter and also do some historical clothing construction. I’ve had a machine quilting business, mostly finishing quilts for clients who piece their tops on antique sewing machines and want them finished on a treadle. I have never owned a long-arm quilting machine.

    How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
    ~~At least 20 hours a week, often 6-8 hour/day.

    Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
    ~~LOVE!!! The older, all-metal machines are just so much more reliable than most new ones. And treadling is sooooo relaxing.

    What features does your machine have that work well for you?
    ~~Droppable feed-dogs and I can use a modern FM foot on them. But the treadle feature is really the main thing–FM quilting is much easier at the slower speeds that I can attain with the treadle.

    Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
    ~~No. There is NO downside to using an antique Singer.

    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!
    ~~The machine I’m using for piecing right now belonged to my BIL’s mother. I’m currently piecing a wedding quilt for one of her grandsons on it.

    Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
    ~~Definitely. For ease of use, durability and reliability, vintage Singers really can’t be beat.

    What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
    ~~Get ONLY the features you will actually use. Too many people buy a machine with dozens of bells and whistles that they never use. If all you plan to do is piece quilt tops, you only NEED a straight stitch machine, so why get a machine that does 50 embroidery stitches? All you are doing is paying for things you don’t need.

    Do you have a dream machine?
    ~~Sure do, a National Two Spool; it’s in my quilting studio in Wisconsin. We recently moved to Galveston, TX and most of my collection is back in WI, including my trusty Two Spool which uses a spool of thread for a bobbin. I really miss having that big bobbin! I had forgotten how quickly a bobbin runs out during a day of piecing.

  183. Lynsey says:

    My first machine was a White 2037 from JoAnn’s I bought for around $200. What a lemon that was. I had so much trouble with it I almost gave up on sewing. Then my grandmother surprised me with a Viking Rose (model 600) that she bought used. I have no idea what these go for, but I think a lot. I LOVE THIS MACHINE! I have had no trouble with it whatsoever, and my love of sewing has been revived! It has a lot of features (such as embroidery) that I have no idea how to use, but I’ll get there (when I have more time:) I mostly sew clothes for my little girl but am currently working on my first quilt. I think the most important factors when buying a new machine are that there is a sufficient warranty and return policy if you don’t like it, the store offers free classes with it.

  184. I am so excited about this, I love reading sewing machine reviews LOL
    Here is mine

  185. Michelle says:

    I am very happy about this month and it’s focus on machines! Yeah.

  186. Yoohoo! says:

    5 Berninas – 930, 1230,1260, 1630 and 155

    I had all these machines from 6 mo to about 1.5 year.
    Previous I had kenmore 19365, 19010 and Janome 6600 – sold them all.

    I bought the Berninas for $650, $860, $500, $400 and $900.

    Quilts, home decor stuff, clothes ( just a little)

    I try to sew a little every day.

    I love my machines. I can’t bear to sell any even though I feel like I should.

    Needle up/down, knee lift and walking foot


    I searched high and low for all my machines – I was lucky to find most of them through Craigslist. I was super happy to find the 1260 for just $500 and within driving distance.

    I would recommend esp the 1230, 1260 and the 155. they are all easy to use with computerized functions. 155 has the needle threader that I love.

    It should be comfortable to use with all the functions you want.

    My dream machine is a higher end Bernina: 630, 640 or the new 830!

  187. Katie says:

    Here is the link to my blog. I just started posting about my sewing adventures this last week. This was a great way to really dive into making my blog more about sewing than about everyday life.

  188. Page says:

    If I get a blog up and going then I will answer the questions. Thanks!

  189. Deena F. says:

    I Piece my quilts on a 1917 National treadle, it is the only machine that consistently delivers blocks that measure correctly (a real “perfect scant quarter seam”) I make clothing and embroider on a 2005 Bernina Artista, I go to classes with a 1972 Kenmore ultraportible (like a featherweight but with zig-zag) I have a 1982 Elna for backup when the Bernina goes in for service (which is way too often for me) and finally have a 1904 Singer 27-3 for heavy-duty sewing (also treadle, no motor to burn up!) Oh yes a serger lives here, four more vintage machines, and a mid arm quilter on a frome. And I expect I will add some more vintage machines because they actually sew better in my opinion and I can work on them myself. Since I sew a lot, using a treadle makes it a little less sedentary and lots more peaceful. Once you try it you will never go back.

  190. I don’t have a sewing blog, but I do show quilting I do along with other crafts.
    I would love to learn how to use my machine for something besides stitching, so will be following along.


  191. I’ve joined in on the meme. I’ve sent my email off to Beth but for anyone wanting an early peak at a Bernina Activa, peak here:

  192. Katie says:

    How wonderful, thank you. I have a brother vx-1120 and a Singer Inspiration 4228

  193. Ruth Carman-Esser says:

    You forgot to ask an important question – How many other machines do you have?
    You will get some answers that amaze you. Though most of us with more than 10 machines only use half of them regularly – but we have very specific reasons for why we use each one. For instance: one for heavy sewing, one for quick repairs, one for precision quilt-block piecing and one for serging across ends of all new fabrics as they come in the door and proceed directly to the washing machine.

  194. ...dotty... says:

    I found your blog through another blog today, and immediately thought that it would be fun to participate in this questionnaire. Thanks for the opportunity to share the ‘sewing love’.
    I hope you’ll come on over and read about my ‘girl’.

  195. I just did mine.

    I can’t wait to hear more info on machines! And, along with a thread that is in the forums, my manual shows me where to oil the bobbin as well but no the ‘machine’ part. Is that common in newer machines? Thanks for hosting a sewing machine month! I can’t wait to increase my knowledge.

  196. Fee says:

    Thanks for the Meme, it made me think more and more about my machines. They still need names though…

  197. Lady Jenn says:

    This will be fun to see so many different machines!

  198. Bethany says:
    I just started a blog and I’m fairly new to ‘real’ sewing. Thanks for all the info and I am having a ton of fun!!!

  199. LisaC says:

    FUN! I can’t wait to learn some more tricks.

  200. Em says:

    What a fun idea! I would love to meet others with my same machine and learn a little more about how I can use it more effectivly. I also need to learn about the different feet available, because right now I know I need more feet!!!

  201. Claudia says:

    I’m glad I found this!! I got a Babylock Quilter’s Choice about a year ago; I still haven’t used a quarter of what it can do.

  202. Sally says:

    I have the Bernina 440QE and I LOVE it!
    I posted about it here:
    And this meme was the most fun of any I’ve ever done!

  203. Rachel says:

    Great idea! I’m ALWAYS happy to talk about my sewing machine… especially to people who are interested ☺

  204. Jane says:

    I’ll be entering the information about my sewing machine on my blog. I think this will be a great resource for sewing/quilting machine for many people. Thank you for heading this up.

  205. georgia says:

    Oh man, this will be great!! Can we do a month like this for sergers, too? I have a pile of extra serger feet that I just can’t figure out 🙁

  206. BJ Malecha says:

    What brand and model do you have? Janome 6000, Janome 10000, Janome 11000se plus 37 Singer Featherweights of varying years and models–white, green, tan, British(222).

    How long have you had it? 1980, 1990, 2004, respectively for the Janomes. I learned to sew on a Featherweight and have collected them to get myself the best one. When I am done, I will sell the rest.

    How much does that machine cost (approximately)? The Janome 11000se is around $8000

    What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? All but presently am doing mostly quilting. I started out with clothing and have done home dec and handbags. I just love to sew!

    How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I have a small white Featherweight that I use for classes. The 6000 is presently getting the most work because it is easy to get to. Soon, though, I will have a new sewing studio so I can use whatever machine I want!

    Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
    I LOVE Janomes. I do not name my machines. They are, after all, inanimate objects. I have warm-blooded pets for that. However, I have had the Janome brand since 1980 and I have NEVER been disappointed.

    What features does your machine have that work well for you? I love embroidery so the embroidery features work well for me on the 11000.

    Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? Nope, I love them all!

    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 was able to buy a Featherweight with the case and all the attachments for $25 at an auction in Nebraska. It is a 1936 model so has the fancy faceplate. I love that machine with a passion. The one I learned on is a 1954 model and my Mom still has it.

    Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? I would and HAVE recommended Janome machines to many of my friends. They are the inbetween in pricing and they are a good buy.

    What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? Whether it feels good to you when you are sewing, whether you are getting a lot of features for the price, what the trade-in value might be in the future (in case you want to move up).

    Do you have a dream machine? I really wish I could afford the Bernina 830 and all its accoutrements – that is dreaming! At 65, I don’t think I will be getting another sewing machine (unless it is a Featherweight).

    BJ – The Sunshine Quilter

  207. Bobbinoggin says:

    Perfect timing! I just purchased my very own sewing machine last Friday. And might I say, I’m quite smitten. 😉

  208. Raphiel says:

    Great idea! Can’t wait to read all the responses.

  209. Cara says:

    What a great idea! I feel like I’ve grown up with my machine I got it for my 16th birthday and it is still going strong 16 years later!! It has also travelled well with me being knocked around a few times. It is a Bernina 1008 and I love it! I also love the Bernina Artista machines but they are a little pricey for me, but on my wish list is an embellisher machine! If anyone has one I would love to see what you use if for!
    Can’t wait to see all the great ideas Sew, Mama, Sew!
    ::Pink Stitches::

  210. I answered your questions about my machine on my blog:

  211. Sinje says:

    So far I have loved all your sewing-themed months, and I am thrilled about the opportunity to learn more about my machine and it’s features! I am especially interested in what kind of needles are suitable for what kinds of fabrics and seams (and what do those numbers mean???). And I am working on a review for my beloved machine right now 🙂

  212. Mrs. JP says:

    I have a Singer machine. I can’t see the model from here but I’ve had it for almost 10 years now and it’s been so good to me. I think my hubby paid $400-500 for it. I sew quilts, clothing, curtains, gun covers, dog beds, pillows, etc. I have the perfect machine for my needs. I have a walking foot for machine quilting – which is one of my favorite features. The machine I have is a worker–I sew at least once a week and it’s been faithful so far. The only thing that happened was my dog (in puphood) chewed the wire to the foot pedal – Bad Dog! I went straight to the repair man and he fixed my machine and wouldn’t you know there was a quilt store right there beside his store.
    I’d recommend this machine to others because it’s not so expensive but has all the features I’ll ever need. I was tempted to buy a fancier model but it had computer parts and to me that’s just more things that could go wrong.
    Have a great week all.

  213. Nicki says:

    What a cool idea! And it was fun thinking about this stuff:

  214. tanja says:

    Just done it! Look at to view my answers!

  215. eileensideways says:

    i have three brother machines that cost under $200. it would cost too much to fix them so i just kept buying a new one. i finally bought a pfaff. it intimidates me. when i had lessons; the teacher would say, “see your machine is wonderful”. it was wonderful while she was teaching me but when i brought it home, it never did what it was supposed to do. i want to stipple but i can’t figure it out. i want to purchase a small machine to take to classes. i don’t want another brother.

  216. MegVS says:

    I blogged about my machine! Looking forward to Sewing Machine month!

  217. Melissa Ann says:

    I reviewed a Viking 116 and a Singer 99k from 1952 here:

    Hope you enjoy!

  218. BabkaGal says:

    I have two sewing machines:

    My Old Sewing Machine:
    1. Kenmore, 385 series
    2. I have had the sewing machine for 14 years
    3. It cost about $200 to $300 at the time, from Sears.
    4. I sewed absolutely everything on the machine! Handbags, quilts, teddy bears, crafts, you name it.
    5. I would sew in short bursts of about a month or so on this machine, and they it would sit for a month or two. Recently, I have been sewing quilts, and it has gotten daily use.
    6. This was a wonderful starter machine! It was sturdy, easy to use, fun and very reliable. I have been very happy with the Kenmore brand, and it is still going strong after 14 years!
    7. The beginner Kenmore models have simple features and just enough stitches to keep the creativity flowing. I bought a generic walking foot and free motion foot, which have added to the functions. It also has a free arm and a pretty large throat area, so it is good for both sewing clothes and quilts.
    8. The Kenmore is a mechanical machine, so it can be a little clunky. You definitely need to keep it free from lint or it gets sluggish and noisy.
    9. I got this sewing machine for my 13th birthday, and it is still one of the best presents I have ever received!
    10. This is a great machine for beginners who want something simple and sturdy.
    11. Make sure the machine is reliable, easy to use, and will grow with you as your sewing skills improve.
    12. Dream machine: see below for my new sewing machine! Janome 4900 QC.

    New Sewing Machine:
    1. Janome 4900 QC
    2. I’ve owned it for less than a month!
    3. It was about $800 – $900 (I waited for a sewing store’s big annual sale).
    4. I mainly sew quilts with it, but I also sew clothes, aprons, crafting projects, etc.
    5. I sew once or twice a week for an hour or two, unless I’m working on a quilt or big project, in which case I try to sew every day.
    6. I LOVE this machine! It was a big step going from a beginner’s mechanical machine to a high-tech computerized machine, but it has been a wonderful transition. The machine works WITH you instead of against you, and the features are all geared to make your sewing better and easier.
    7. The machine is great for quilting (lots of cool quilting features, like a knee lifter), but it still has a free arm for sewing clothes. It is pretty high-tech and has lots of stitches and features I’ll probably never use, but it’s nice to have them for the future. Basic, straight-stitch sewing is a breeze, easy to handle, and very quiet.
    8. I’ve accidentally hit some of the buttons on the side while I’m sewing, which is annoying.
    9. I bought this machine early one morning over a weekend, and I got engaged that evening. Best day ever!
    10. I would definitely recommend this machine to others. Janomes are known for their quality and reliability. This is a great machine for quilters and non-quilters (it has a free arm, unlike the Janome 6600). It is definitely high-tech but surprisingly easy to learn.
    11. This is my dream machine!

  219. I may list my serger, too!

  220. Water Works says:

    I am so excited to see this topic for the month. I’ll be checking in frequently in order to see what everybody’s saying about their machines. I am still on the hunt for the perfect machine…for my needs. Thanks so much SewMamaSew for this!

  221. KZ says:

    great idea!

  222. Meream says:

    I went ahead and answered.
    Here it is:


  223. This is great i have had my machine for a few months now i’m still fairly new to sewing so dont know if my review would be much help to anyone but i guess there is no harm so will blog about it.

    Thanks SMS you are the best 😀

  224. Celainea says:

    I have 10 machines and they all work: 2 Berninas, 3 Singers, 3 Whites, 1 Janome, 1 Necchi. One of my Berninas was super expensive and the Necchi I found for $12. One of my Whites has a left aligned needle position which I have never seen before. What I use: I got my Quilters Edition Janome 2 years ago and it is by far my favorite machine. Sews like a dream, drop-in bobbin, plenty of extra stitches, up/down needle option. I sew everything and have been sewing for…cough, cough…40 years. I’ve made lots of quilts, doll clothes, swimsuits and underwear, shirts and ties for my husband, clothes for my kids and grandkids. Right now I love making things that don’t have fitting issues! Bags, aprons, quilts, potholders, capris, tees, sundresses. I had to think a bit but there is nothing that drives me nuts about this machine. I sew a lot and it is my dream machine. I consider myself a Sewing Machine Rescue Unit! I love to find old fantastic machines and reviving them. My Janome’s name is Belle.

  225. Natalie says:

    I’m looking forward to reading about what machines others have. Eventually I’ll be upgrading and what a great way to discover the pro and cons of them by other sewers!

  226. Meream says:

    Hmm I will try this but my brand is the cheapo kind so I’ll omit that part. Is that okay? 😀

  227. andrea says:

    This seems like it’ll be very helpful- I needed something like this last year.
    I’m going to read over the questions now : )

  228. Jennifer says:

    What a great resource this has the potential to become! Such a great idea.

  229. Kathryn says:

    I have a vintage sewing machine, a Singer 206K. It was my Grandfather’s and I adore it.

  230. Daljeet says:

    I made a compatible post about my machine way back when I first started blogging! In fact, it was my inaugural post. Here is the link for your perusal and hopefully it passes muster 🙂

    btw, thank you so much for including me in your long list of the ‘May Giveaway’. It was fun and brought a lot of traffic to my blog 🙂 I will definitely want to participate in the next one!

  231. Emily says:

    Here’s my reveiw at:

  232. Mia says:

    Love this! Thank you!

  233. Miya says:

    I feel like I don’t know enough about my machine, so hopefully this month will not only inform me but encourage me to get to know it better! =)

  234. Laura says:

    This is a great idea. I bought my first sewing machine in March and there were very few reviews out there, though there was some advice on what to look for when you’re buying a machine. I ended up with a Babylock Grace and I love it, but this will be a fabulous resource when it’s complete for possible future machines!

  235. Andrea_R says:

    I have three, each with a story. 😀 You want them all in separate posts? 😀

  236. Sophie says:

    Oh I am sew ecxited about this meme there is soo much I need to learn!!
    Thanks a bunch! Sophie:)

  237. This is wonderful! I just got my first sewing machine a little over a year ago. I can’t wait to learn more about it over the next month!

  238. Marianne Ogg says:

    HOw fun! I am just starting a sewing blog and what better way to get it started? YAY!!!

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