1) What Machine do you own? Include the maker and model number please!
Singer Confidence 7467
2) When did you purchase it/how old is it?
My mom bought it for me brand new at a pre-Christmas sale in 2009.
3) How much sewing experience do you have? (how long sewing, how advanced your projects are)
I've been sewing seriously since 2001 (making costumes), and I sewed before that but nothing worthwhile. My first machine was my grandma's 50 lbs. vintage Singer which I hated with a passion because A. it was lacking a free arm, and B. it had some serious tension issues that we had to fix every month or so by taking it apart and adjusting everything.
From 2004-2009, I used a Kenmore Mini Ultra 639S, which was actually a great machine for $80. It was basic, yes, and slow, yes, but it was my little gem.
Some projects done on the Kenmore: http://www.cosplay.com/photo/634505/ http://www.cosplay.com/costume/57761/ http://www.cosplay.com/costume/229733/ http://www.cosplay.com/costume/276549/
(including the top hat)
These are projects done on my new Singer:
That final project was what really necessitated having a new machine because my Kenmore's little motor locked on the vinyl and ESPECIALLY the nylon webbing on the first project I did with the new Singer.
4) What do you like most about the machine?
I have a huge variety of stitches (60 or 70), and it does automatic buttonholes. Oh, and it does an overlock stitch that's slow and takes a lot of thread but A HELL OF A LOT CHEAPER THAN AN OVERLOCK MACHINE. The Singer Confidence has sewn through ANYTHING I put through it, including cardboard, vinyl, nylon webbing, and sheets of plastic.
With a walking foot (you can buy them in the quilting section), I can quilt all of those awesome fabrics too! Oh, and the zipper foot that came with it is better than any I've used.
5) What do you not like?
Wee-eell... I still go back to the Kenmore for a few things. The Singer Confidence doesn't do so well with tiny pieces of fabric. They tend to get caught in the feed dogs, so I take little intricate pieces to the kenmore (I did that on several pieces of that sneaking suit). Also, it has trouble sewing too close to the edge with simple stitches. With the overlock and zig-zag stitches it does just fine.
One big problem is a weird glitch that defaults my stitch length settings if I turn it off and turn it back on despite the fact that the selector is still set. That's obnoxious, but I've gotten used to it.
6) Would you recommend your machine to a fellow cosplayer?
I recommend it all the time! It's an inexpensive machine and often goes on sale. Plus it's a must-have for military costumers who use a lot of stupid, thick materials (like nylon and neoprene). Buy a walking foot for it if you want to do a lot of quilting.