What sewing machine do you use?

As many of you know, I sadly said goodbye to my mom’s 20 year old Elna sewing machine about a month ago after it was badly serviced by Elna. My new machine is good but it is taking some time to trust and love and events have not helped: my first machine stopped working every time I got home so two days later it was exchanged for another new machine. Last week (exactly a month later) this sewing machine (the second one) went phoOF-bAng-grRRrr and stopped. The belt had come off becuase the screws had not been tightened properly when the machine was assembled. They also discovered several other ‘niggly’ faults which got ‘fixed’. Now I think it sounds funny but I also think that might be in my head.

I have discovered the hard way that the brands you trusted becuase of years of sewing happily with them are not always the best anymore. This brings me to my mission: To find out what the BEST NEW sewing machine is to buy. I know the old machines are still BEST (kind of like the classic VW Beatle) but if you have to trade-up or need a new one, what is the BEST make to buy?

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I asked the Etsy forums and got some great feedback. Click here to read the discussion and to add your comment/recomend a brand/share your sewing story.

0 thoughts on “What sewing machine do you use?

  1. Rikkianne says:

    I use an older Janome Memory Craft 5000. It was actually given to me by a friend. She was very much into digital embroidery. This machine is actually built and used for that but I have not even began to dive into that realm. I really like the machine. It runs very smoothly and Janome is supposed to be one of the best.

    I always here magnificent things about phaff as well :)

  2. Steffi says:

    I use a Brother BC 2100 since 3 years.Before I used over 15 years a Veritas.This was a brand for good sewing machines in East Germany where I come from original.
    My dream is a embroidery machine …but I must still save much money for it ;O))!Maybe in year 2010…

  3. Ralph says:

    I use Husqvarna Viking and Pfaff as my prefered machines because they are still largely manufactured in Europe. This means not as many plastic moving parts, excellent stitch quality, a versatile range of machine options. I have become a dealer as well and sell same because of my belief in the products. Elna is now made in the far east as are most of the other brands with a few exceptions.

  4. sandra says:

    i am looking for the whole electric foot attachemnt for a veritas machine it is a four pin attachment i have lost mine sadly can anyone help