Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Singing a New Song

When I first decided I wanted to sew I went to Target and got the cheapest machine they had. I figured since I really had no clue what I was doing and what to look for I would get something basic. Since my mom had a Singer that's what I went with, the Singer Prelude.

It retails for 89.99 and features:
• 30-stitch function sewing machine
• 7 built-in stitches, 3 needle positions, built-in storage a free-arm design, front bobbin-load, large screwdriver and a 4-step buttonholer
• Needles, bobbins, large/small spool-caps and 3 feet: zipper, buttonhole/sewing and general purpose
• 13-3/4Hx9Wx17L"Standalone

Sounded real good to me. I bought Singer thread figuring it's a Singer machine so it's all good. Um...no...I think the machine stayed threaded for about 10 minutes if I was lucky. The thread kept breaking. We figured that maybe it was threaded wrong so we tried another brand and all was well. Put the Singer brand back and I was at a stand still. So I got new thread and problem was solved.

While I was sewing at my friend Omega's house we discovered that I am a speed demon. I have a serious lead foot when it come to the foot pedal and it was throwing me way off. Between trying to control the foot peddle, the fabric and backstitching I was seriously overwhelmed. Omega kindly suggested that I get a more computerized machine, or at least get one that had speed adjustment.

I went to Overstock and got a Brother XR 7700 Computerized Sewing Machine w/Free Bonus Feet (Refurb) Cost with shipping was $142.94.

It features:

  • 60 pre-programmed stitches which perform 100 stitch functions
  • One-step, auto-size buttonholes (seven different styles)
  • Free bonus feet: Walking Foot, Quilting Guide and Quilting Foot
  • LCD screen with computerized stitch selection
  • Sewing machine functions include utility, decorative, heirloom and quilting
  • Super-wide (7mm) zigzag and decorative stitches
  • Automatic needle threading
  • Built-in thread cutter
  • Variable needle position
  • Fast, automatic bobbin winding
  • One-step bobbin replacement with quick set drop-in bobbin
  • Quilting features included
  • One-touch start/stop/reverse operations
  • Operates with or without foot control
  • Drop feed for free-motion quilting
  • Free arm/flatbed convertible sewing surface
  • Accessories for zipper insertion, darning, twin-needle stitching and button sewing
  • Built-in accessory storage
  • Electronic speed adjustment allows you to choose the most comfortable sewing speed for your project
  • Quick-change presser feet
  • Stitch width and length control
  • Adjustable thread tension control
  • Safety power and light switch
  • Lightweight (10 pounds) with built-in handle for portability
  • Instruction booklet in English and Spanish
  • Foot Pedal Included
  • 25 Year Limited Warranty Included
I am in love with this machine!! Not only is it a good looking machine but it sews like a dream. It's really smooth. The stitching is really nice.

Most importantly it has speed adjustment so no matter how fast I want to go I can't which has helped my darting a lot.

The Singer Prelude it a good machine also. It's a cute little machine that will get the job done but didn't work for me at all. Now it's sitting in my storage room. I want to sell it but for some reason I have this attachment to it even though I've only used it twice.

1 comment:

yummy411 said...

ooh! a sewing blog! i'll have to get up on my skills to keep up with you!

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