Sew Mama Sew is doing a series on sewing machines and started a meme. Here’s mine….
What brand and model do you have? Viking Husqvarna Emerald 183
How long have you had it? 2 months
How much does that machine cost (approximately)? about $600
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? I bought it to primarily sew clothing, but have made one quilt as well.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I don’t sew as much as I’d like, I hope to get up to about 3-5 hours a week (but first have to get over my pattern intimidation feelings). This is my primary machine (I also have a serger), but since I’m a beginner it’s not getting as much use as I’d like.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? I like my machine. I haven’t used it enough to know if I love it yet. I have not used all of it’s functions yet and have not made a complicated project yet, so it’s hard to know. At first I was ambivalent, because I had not researched Vikings at all when I was shopping for a new machine, but so far it’s done great. I love knowing that I don’t have to futz around every time I sit down to use it (like I had to each and every time I used my old Singer). So my frustration level has been cut down to zero. So far. My machine does not have a name. Maybe she will sometime down the road, but not now.
What features does your machine have that work well for you? I love the fluidity of the motion. The stitches are even and the fabric just glides through. So far I haven’t had any problems with feeding through thick or difficult fabrics, but I also bought a walking foot to avoid that. I love the automatic threading feature. Oh and let’s not forget that it comes with tons of feet. Love that!
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? Not really, but I haven’t really put it through it’s paces yet. The only thing that I might mention is that it is not as quiet as I thought it would be and there is a high pitched whine when you wind the bobbin. But that is a small complaint.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it! No great stories yet, but I hope to have some to share in the future!
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? I would recommend it, but with the caveat that I haven’t used it a whole lot yet, so not sure if it’s a workhorse or not.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? I think it’s important to consider what things you will primarily make with the machine and then research which machines are great for that purpose. I wanted great service, a workhorse, automatic up/down needle, great fluidity, and a needle threader function. And that’s what I got. 🙂
Do you have a dream machine? No, I don’t know enough yet to have a dream machine.