I have often wondered at great length, what this machine was really intended for, and how long it was intended to run? I feel strongly that the individuals in my family who have used this machine have each personally exceeded the manufacturers expectations. Or do we not take it seriously enough, because it is so cute?
Melissa sewed three dresses that I can think of, one jacket, and lots of aprons... then I borrowed the machine in October of 2007 to make my first quilt (a City Scapes). Because I was designing fabric and I needed to get serious about quilting, and I didn't have a machine at school... The machine at that point stayed with me till almost April. I sewed various things. Then Melissa took the machine back, and sewed crazy amounts of things. She used the machine almost everyday until 2010 when she bought her Bernina. I might be wrong, but I think the machine ended up in Utah with Ashlee when Melissa moved east to go to Johns Hopkins. So then the machine sat for a little while, until I moved to Utah in November of 2010. My machine was broken so I started Sewing Pretty with Hello Kitty.
sewn and quilted 20 Peep Boots
recovered a lamp shade.
sewn through a bunch of paper
made strands of garland
created several sewing patterns
Pieced all of the quilts in my 1001 Peeps: five magical projects
created the cushion for the crewel embroidery project in the book
Bound 5 quilts
Sewn several new quilts to be released in the next few months
quilted several projects (it's hard to fit large items through the 9 inch throat.)
And most all of this happened from December to May.
During the months of March, April, and May, there was not a day that this machine was not on and running for at least 6 hours. (540 hours roughly)
During my market prep, I didn't have the time, energy, or money to get a new machine, so I just prayed and prayed that Hello Kitty would keep working. And it did.
We had a few fights. At one point the machine completely seized up, so I did minor surgery, disassembled it, cut some lodged thread, reassembled it, dabbed some oil on a few spots, and brought it back. It got to the point where I was sewing with a screw driver in my lap.
The long and short is that it is a miracle, a literal miracle, that this machine has operated the way that it has. It is a fantastic little machine, and has run for 1000's of hours. I would recommend it, but with some wisdom:
When you first start out in anything, whether it be painting, or running, or cooking, or clothing construction, or whatever... it is important to use good ingredients. You never want to make the task more difficult than it needs to be by using tools or ingredients that add to the frustration of learning. This machine, from the beginning has run with a few hiccups. But the price and size make it super appealing to beginners. So I recommend it to new sewers with a little apprehension, just learn how to take care of it, read the manual...as much as it looks like a toy, it isn't so much
but know that I don't hold the machine accountable for any troubles past year 2...
I think this machine is ideal for traveling. If you need to bring a machine with you for workshops, or a class, or even just because, this machine is ace! It only weighs 12lbs. You can put it in your carry on luggage! And as I've mentioned, it can pretty much sew anything. Plus it will, without a doubt, be cuter than anyone else's machine in the class.
Needless to say, I am looking to upgrade. I am interested in the Janome HD3000. I've heard good things and the price point is fantastic. But what I am really interested in, is a machine that would work well for both quilting and clothing sewing, works fast (I mean FAST), and has the charm of the Hello Kitty Machine. I've sewn on dozens of machines in my life, and nothing has been nearly as sweet or pleasant as sewing on an aqua machine. I want color and I want it to be more than a decal!
It seems like all the machines that have color are made with plastic parts. I am a serious sewer, I want a real machine with metal parts, and color. I think a lot of us do. And I don't think it's too much to ask. If you are paying more than $500 does it have to be white/silver? I can buy a stand mixer in almost any color, why can I not buy a work horse sewing machine in the same fashion? And I am not talking the occasional red machine that companies put out as a novelty. I am talking color.
So, here's to another at least 2 months of me and Hello Kitty. We make a cute team.
how do you feel? Do you want Sewing Machine manufacturers to start taking our color wants seriously?