Before the gift card I couldn't honestly justify the purchase though, simply based on the embroidery feature. I can make the sewing machines I have now do everything that I need them to do. Someday I hope to have a sewing machine counter (in the far off future) where they're all lined up and ready to be used at a moment's notice, and I can snap a photo to show on my blog. At the moment I haul out whatever sewing machine is being used, and place it on Sadie's little play table (which is tiny!) and sew there. It isn't the ideal work space, but it works for now.
At the moment my sewing arsenal includes a serger (and I've been so busy I haven't yet gotten to sit down and read the manual, and after my experience with my first ever sewing machine I've learned that for me, the manual is important when it comes to sewing machines!), a Bernina industrial sewing machine from the 1930s (I googled the type once and found the actual year!) that belonged to my great grandmother (it weighs about 70 lbs which makes moving it a bit of a challenge! But it's so beautiful!), and a simple kenmore that belonged to my grandmother and my mom and that I tune up regularly, but that I'm in constant fear is just about to kick the bucket. And what if all the sewing machines cease to run at the same time?!?!?! (although I realize that this is highly unlikely...). My aim is to sew at least four hours a night, so that is surprising amount of wear and tear (as I learned with my first Singer, which died after a few short months of all night sewing... and created my phobia of having orders and no sewing machine to sew them on).
I think that fear will be completely eliminated now. And so I am staring at the sewing machine website, at all the cool things that my new sewing machine will do! It:
- Has 70 built in designs, 5 fonts, and 120 frame patterns!
- Has 67 stitches and 98 stitch functions
- Has it's very own USB cable (okay that makes me a little worried! This will definitely be my most high tech sewing gadget!)
- Has on screen editing for the embroidery patterns
- And it speaks 16 languages (LOL!).
And then it has a lot of the things that I didn't really care about, but that will probably be pretty neat, like a push button thread cutter and a "super easy" bobbin winding system (okay, so I've never actually thought, "wow, it's really hard to wind that bobbin...").
Best of all, it comes with a 25 year warranty!
Now I just have to wait for it to arrive. And I have to find someplace to put it. The Kenmore spends it's spare time in a baby bassinet.... It looks like I have some organizing to do!