DH got me a sewing machine for Christmas! :cheering:
He put quite a bit of thought into the whole process...there was a separate present for me from each of our four children, and I had to open the presents in a particular order. They were my "clues"...first a tape measure, then some thread, then a starter sewing kit, and then a sewing machine maintenance kit. Hmmm, what could be next? But the box was way too light and too small for a sewing machine. Inside was actually a poem that sent me off in search of my gift. Found it hidden in the garage, all wrapped up and hiding over by his workbench. Brought it back in the house to open and :happydance: yep, a new sewing machine!
So now I'm doing some sewing machine research because DH said not to open the sewing machine he got for me yet (a Singer Protege 2639). He wants me to look around and be sure to find the one that I want (within reason ). I haven't done any sewing in 20+ years, back when I was in high school, using my mom's sewing machine. This will be my first and I'm very much a beginner all over again, but I don't want to be completely frustrated a few years down the road if I've surpassed the capabilities of my machine. Right now I'm thinking I'll use it to do some children's clothing and to learn how to do some quilting. Not like my list of future knitting projects isn't long enough already...now I'll have a list of sewing projects as well! :roflhard:
So I'm looking for any recommendations and opinions on sewing machines.
What features can't you live without?
What do you love about your machine?
What do you hate about your machine?
What do you wish you had known before you got your sewing machine?
Thanks for any suggestions! I'm so excited! And I'm very impressed with my DH...this was never a direct "Here's what I'd really like for Christmas." He just picked up on random comments over the past few months. In the busy-ness of everything, I had actually forgotten about a sewing machine and suggested all he needed to do was go to the LYS and get me a gift certificate. I was very surprised.