I got my new machine back from the repair guy!
It's a Viking by Eaton's. Are these common in sewing circles? It was a Canadian brand, so I'm not sure if there are many out there in the real world. I've seen a few people selling these online but does anyone actually sew on one?
Isn't this delicious? Yeah, it's sea-foam green! I'm not sure what year it's from, but it's one of those super heavy all-metal jobs that's built like a tank and weighs about the same. I've moved it into a portable machine box, probably for good. Even though having a machine in a table seems like it would be really nice, I just don't have anywhere I can keep it right now, at least not anywhere where I would actually want to sit and use it.
Pretty sweet, right? My original machine is a super cheap Brother that I bought used before I had done much sewing (I didn't have much of an idea of what I should be looking for), so this is a real upgrade in terms of quality and control. I love being able to adjust the stitch length, the height of the feed dogs and the pressure of the presser foot, all things that were missing from my Brother. This one also sews faster, and feels better as it sews, more powerful. And a working bobbin winder, hallelujah!
It even came with the manual and accessories, including the straight stitch plate and foot.
This machine worked beautifully when I tried it out (I bought it off craigslist) but when I got it home, it would only zig-zag! I was bummed, since I had paid $50 for it. I found this guy Rick McBride to give it a tune-up and he did an absolutely killer job. It sews like a dream!
What was your first sewing machine like? What do you sew on now?