*Potentially a sticky?*
What I'm hoping to do here is create one reference for those looking into making their first sewing machine purchase - I happen to be one of those people and would like to be able to find the recommendations all in one easy place... instead of scattered in smaller threads across multiple forum sections.
I'm doing two things here:
1) linking in as many pre-existing threads as possible for reference (let me know if you find ones I missed in searching the forums)
2) asking sewing machine owners that want to add to our knowledge to answer the following questions in the reply:
1) What Machine do you own? Include the maker and model number please!
2) when did you purchase it/how old is it?
3) How much sewing experience do you have? (how long sewing, how advanced your projects are)
4) what do you like most about the machine?
5) what do you not like?
6) Would you recommend your machine to a fellow cosplayer?
I'm looking for factual information on machines that you personally have used (regularly stealing Mom or Grandma's machine for use is perfectly acceptable as 'owning' for the sake of this thread)
THE EXISTING THREADS:
November 2002 - Buying a Sewing Machine
July 2003 - Buying the Right Sewing Machine
Jan 2004 - Sewing Machines
March 2005 - Which Sewing Machines are Recomended?
December 2005 - Tips for Sewing Machine Newbies
(scroll down to last post)
June 2006 - Learning How to Sew
June 2006 - Machines with Self-Threaders
September 2006 - My First Sewing Machine
March 2007 - Learning to Sew