One of my favorite sewing sites has got to be Pattern Review. In addition to getting see some really impressive projects completed by some incredibly talented people, there are a TON of sewing machine reviews. Although I am relatively new to sewing, I have already amassed quite a collection of sewing machines. I have never before considered myself mechanically inclined because I have never been interested in anything mechanical before.
Enter, the home sewing machine.... Some of my machines have been gifts, Craigslist finds and eBay purchases.
I got this machine for
free a couple of months ago. It was a friend's grandmother's machine. Her
grandmother had upgraded and it ended up gathering dust in her closet.
It came with the bulky original case (that I have since removed from the base) and a few needles. This was originally a low
shank machine so I purchased a snap on shank so it would be compatible with my existing snap-on foot collection. This was my first Kenmore and it happens to be
made by Janome. I like this machine so much, I decided to upgrade
to a TOL Janome made Kenmore 19606.
This machine features a drop-in
bobbin and has 8 stretch stitches. It also has 6 decorative stitches that are
based on a variation of a zig zag stitch. The decorative stitches remind me of
the stitches available on a Singer Slant-o-matic cam.
Since I didn't
have a manual, I had to find out the hard way that the correct way to switch
through the various stitches is to turn the stitch width up to 5 and then you
can change stitches. The stitch width dial acts as a kind of clutch. I had to
take the top of the housing off and experiment, in order to find that
This is the quietest machine I have.
This is a really good basic machine that is
available on eBay for $40-$60. It's a really good value for the beginning