Today I am participating in a blog hop about my sewing machine, hosted by Shruti of 13 Woodhouse Road.
1. What machine do you have?
A Brother PC210 PRW (That PRW stands for Project Runway. Fierce.)
2. When and where did you buy it? What were the reasons for selecting this particular model. What was its approximate cost?
It was gift last Christmas from my parents, though it was the one I had put on my Christmas list. I believe my mom ordered it off Amazon. I didn’t know a lot about sewing machines, but I read reviews and liked the range of features and its reasonable price. It was around $300.
3. What do you like about your machine? Have you named it? Have you made a cover for it?
I was fairly new to sewing when I got my machine, so I don’t have a lot with which to compare it. I love that it has an speed control feature, its automatic needle threader, and the auto-down feature for the needle. I like its wide throat, which makes quilting a little easier. It pieces very well and stitches remain consistent, and it’s been really great for making garments. I find that overall, it’s very easy to work.
It doesn’t have an official name, though I tend to refer to it as Mr. Machine (as in, “Alrighty, let’s go stitch this up on Mr. Machine!”). Mr. Machine has a cover in the works, but it’s not done yet.
4. Does your machine give you any problems? Could you tell us a few?
Tension issues are probably my biggest problem, but they are rare and nine times out of ten I can fix it by re-threading the machine or cleaning out the shuttle. My machine wasn’t designed to do a lot of quilting (it is built for garment-making), so actual quilting isn’t as nice as I’d like it, though switching to better thread (Aurifil) has helped tremendously.
5. What do you sew on it? How much time do you spend sewing on it? What are the features of the machine that help you improve your work?
I sew quilts and bags, plus some clothing and stuff for around the house (place mats and such). I also do some crafting, such as sewing paper, and I’m currently working on a bunch of wedding decorations. As much as I’d like to spend all my time behind my machine, I do have a full-time job. So I would say I spend about five to seven hours a week sewing, though this varies depending on my schedule.
6. What advice would you give others when deciding about which machine to buy?
Don’t break the bank if you’re new to sewing. I didn’t want to buy a supremely expensive machine because I wasn’t sure how dedicated I was to the sewing. I am happy I did that. Had I bought a pricey machine and then decided I’d rather spend my time writing stories or being a ninja, it wasn’t a lot of wasted money. Depending on how much I continue to sew, I might upgrade in a few years to a machine that is better for quilting. But for now, I’m very happy with Mr. Machine.
7. Will you share with us a special memory associated with your machine?
When my mom and I found out that my sister-in-law was pregnant, we wanted to make the baby a quilt. Never mind the fact that neither of us much experience quilting. We both knew how to sew, so we decided to tackle it. My mom brought her little Janome over and we pieced and quilted and bound the quilt together, and then presented it to my SIL at her shower the next April. Not only was the quilt beautiful, but I loved spending the quality time with my mom, both of us expanding our love for sewing.
8. If you had unlimited resources in the world, which machine would you choose to buy and why?
I think I’d keep my current machine since I’m so comfortable with it, but invest in a long-arm quilter. I love the incredible versatility of a long-arm, and the idea of not having to wrangle a full-size quilt through my standard-size machine sounds like a dream!
Stop by 13 Woodhouse Road to see the rest of the bloggers and their machines featured in the blog hop!