I currently have four sewing machines. Two are vintage Singers, one is a basic Janome (my first sewing machine ever) and one Pfaff sewing/embroidery machine that I primarily utilize.
Pfaff Creative 2.0 AKA “Kismet”
I purchased Kismet used in December 2012 to replace my failing Viking Topaz 20. This machine had all of the features the Topaz did but also included many it did not such as a thread cutter, one touch monochromatic embroidery setting, on board design resizing, the IDT walking foot and many others.
There are many, many things I love about this machine. The throat space is huge (10″), the IDT foot is especially useful when doing binding or straight stitch quilting, it pieces beautifully and the thread cutter is very useful to have I’ve found.
I’m still working on getting better doing complex free motion designs on it like feathers but it handles nicely and loves to quilt with Aurifil thread. Like anything else, it takes time to get used to a machines rhythm for free motion quilting and the Creative 2.0 is no different.
I love how beautifully it embroiders. If I get a multicolor design and only want to use one thread color to save myself the thread changes I just have to press a few buttons and it switches the design for me on board without having to touch a PC.
So far so good! My first taste of a Pfaff machine has been wonderful and I’m confident I’ll eventually upgrade to something bigger and better in the future.
Singer 201-2 AKA “Betty” – born in 1951
Betty was found on Craigslist for $175 including her cabinet she was built into. I found her in August of 2010. The sewing machine and cabinet combined weigh somewhere around 80-100 lbs. The way the art deco cabinet was built with a permanent foot pedal means I can’t take the machine out without disconnecting the pedal.
My main intention on purchasing Betty was to have a good straight stitch machine for free motion quilting that had a large throat. After getting her serviced I set out to learn how to free motion quilt on her. Many, many hours of practice and we figured out how to work with each other.
When I upgraded to a computerized machine in 2011 she turned into my straight stitch machine used mainly for string piecing. We still have fun together doing straight stitching whenever I can. Nothing beats Betty’s straight stitch (except maybe Veronica).
Singer 221k Featherweight AKA “Veronica”
I spent many, many months wanting a Featherweight. My rationalization was it would be the perfect machine to take to workshops, sew-ins and classes. It took a while to find the right one since there weren’t any available locally that were under my price threshold I ended up purchasing her off of Ebay and getting her tuned up. She only needed a good cleaning and a new tension spring to be back to good working order.
She’s very handy to tote around and fits nicely in my little SmartCart. I’ve taken her to a few guild meetings for sew ins and she’s done her fair share of strip piecing since I did a majority of my Nostalgia quilt on her.
I’m hoping to eventually get her repainted Caribbean blue. Until then – I’m quite happy with her! She’s a joy to sew on.
This was my first sewing machine. It was purchased as a wedding gift from my Aunts who are both quilters. They saw me put a cheap sewing machine on my wedding registry and immediately called to tell me to remove it, they’d be choosing one for me.
I’ll admit – it got very little use the first five years of my marriage. When I got into quilting in 2010 it really saw some use and I quickly realized it wasn’t cut out to do free motion quilting for anything larger than a napkin. It tried it’s best though. I did everything on it from buttonholes to bindings before the reverse lever broke and then it was put away when I got my Viking Topaz.
I got it fixed in 2012 and took it to my office so I’d have a machine to sew on at lunch if I felt the urge. It does get some sewing done on it on occasion so it doesn’t collect dust. It’s a good little machine for light use but can’t really handle heavy duty sewing.
I keep it mainly for nostalgic reasons.