Hi everyone… I’m a visitor from Cooks Talk. I know you probably get this question twice a week, but I’ve done a search and found nothing that answers my specific need. I hope you will be able to help me.
I’m no longer a frequent sewer, but… My 45+ year old Singer zigzag “portable,” made of metal and weighing a ton, was given me by my grandmother 43 years ago, used and reconditioned. It has served me well all these years, sewing everything from baby clothes to prom dresses to model ship sails. It’s finally reached the point where I can’t repair it any longer… it’s been skipping stitches for quite a while now and cleaning, oiling, greasing, tension adjustment, etc. no longer fix it. Today it’s decided to only catch every 4th or 5th stitch. It’s just plain worn out, and they don’t make parts any longer. Thus my question…
What brand/model would you recommend for an infrequent but skilled and versatile sewer… a high-ish quality one that’s easy to repair, mid range in price, and will just do the basics? I don’t quilt, although I’ve always wanted to learn. I don’t machine embroider or serge. I don’t sew heavy woolens or thick denim french seams. I just want to sew a seam in mostly lightweight fabrics, but a hemstitch and fleece capability would be plusses.
Of course, my machine finally went needle up just as I have a pile of cut out doll clothes ready to sew for my DGDs… Murphy strikes again… so I need some info fast.
Thanks so much for any help you can give!
“Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we’re here we might as well dance!”
Edited 11/30/2007 5:01 pm ET by NanaC
Edited 11/30/2007 5:02 pm ET by NanaC