Actually I wrote this post about a week ago… finally entering it in here.
Did I mention I bought a new Sewing Machine? Well it’s not mine yet, I’ve paid for about half of it (now 3/4! :)), and will complete paying for it in around
a month’s 2 weeks time.
For those of you who know a little about me, I’m definitely a gadget (Apple products aside!) girl and I love everything fandangled and new and shiny, I am particularly impressed by bright lights and pretty colours. Initially I was looking at (because it was reduced and on sale at Spotlight) a Brother NX-200. I didn’t really understand all the different models and series but I liked the feature list and definitely wanted to move to an electronic machine. I spoke to a dealer who explained that the NX series is a bit lower budget compared to the NV series. I was very confused about the difference between the NV-200 and the NX-200 because they looked the same (give or take a few stitches) to me. The NX only has a 12month warranty and the NV has a 5 year warranty on electronics and a 12month one on mechanics.
FYI – There are a totally different (in most cases) ranges depending on the country you are in, so I didn’t find any information on some machines and may have read about a machine with the same name but a different feature set, because of the country of the documentation. Not so good for a net-nerd to do research on machines starting out mostly online!
There were disgruntled mutterings from mummy, who gifted me my current machine 2 Christmases (just so you know that plural form sounds so wrong to me… but it spellchecked!) ago. What’s wrong with your machine? Most people say you can do everything you want with a basic machine, why do you want a fandangled one (she has a
Janome MemoryCraft Janome Horizon!!! herself… so not exactly basic!) But some advice did sink in and ring true with me… Why buy a new machine if you are going to outlay x amount if you are just stepping up one level (machine wise), you might as well save up or wait and step up twice?
Yep that resonated with me….
BUT to answer the other questions – What’s wrong with my machine? – Nothing, but it doesn’t cut my threads, thread my needle, its tension is highly sensitive and sometimes seemingly unpredictable, it doesn’t have a needle up down position, its not electronic, it has analogue adjustments for stitch length and width and like the foot pedal does not stitch slow enough when I need it to.
Yes, I can do everything that I have wanted to do with my machine, but I would also like the machine to have a bit more control of things so that I have to do less and can concentrate on super happy sewing fun rather than birdnests under my fabric and reverse stitching when I stop or tying my threads when I am free motion quilting oh and if you can program it to make pretty little pictures like hearts and swans and monogram stuff, that is just cool, but I don’t really want a full embroidery machine, that’s not the sewing I want… do I?
So after the kerfuffle I settled on a Brother NV-600 (also on sale), which is a significant step up for me. The things it has that my current machine doesn’t include about 300 extra stitches (including 3 alphabets!), auto tension selection, auto thread cutting, auto reverse stitching, speed adjustment control, top loading bobbin. It includes an extension table and all the quilting feet I need and a side cutter foot too. I am looking forward to being able to play with it when I finish paying it off on the 8th September.