I've used a lot of different machines. I've never really had a favorite. As long as they run smoothly and they're very fast, then I'm happy. When I was growing up, I used my mom's Bernina. After high school, I got an apprenticeship with a tailor and we only used industrial machines. I became so accustomed to the speed of them, that I get bored and frustrated when I sew on plastic sewing machines. So, since I was eighteen, I've only used industrial sewing machines. My sister jokes that the number one requirement in a sewing machine for me, is that it has to be transported by a freight truck.
Currently, I have five machines in my studio. Four of the five machines are vintage. Sometimes people ask me why I don't get new machines. There are two reasons. First, old machines are built so well. They have all metal parts, so they rarely have problems. Second, they are incredibly inexpensive and you can find them all over the place.
|Consew Tailor's Sewing Machine|
This is my main sewing machine. It only does straight lines, and it is fast. (Around 3,000 stitches a minute fast). It rests in a bath of oil to continually lubricate all it's moving parts. It simultaneously winds bobbins as it sews.
|Singer 460 Over-lock Machine|
This is the greatest over-lock machine I've ever used. It's fast and so quiet.
|Highlead Blind Hemmer|
This is a fairly uncommon machine for home sewing. It is a blind-hemmer. All it does is a blind-stitch.
|Kenmore Straight Stitch Sewing Machine|
I got this straight-stitch Kenmore sewing machine at a thrift shop for only $20.00. I definitely didn't need another sewing machine, but it had this amazing buttonhole attachment, that does keyhole buttonholes! I had to have it.
|General Straight Stitch Sewing Machine|
This is my oldest and prettiest sewing machine. Drew got it as a Christmas gift for me last year. It's easy to thread and easy to use, so I let my niece use this one.