Which is the best sewing machine for me?

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When I was 13, my dad gave me a sewing machine for Christmas. I still have that same HuskyStar Husqvarna pink & white sewing machine. It's been so good to me - sewing countless outfits, several fancy dress costumes & sewed me through fashion design school.

It's very easy for me to say that I love that sewing machine. It means alot to me. It's now sitting in a storage unit in western Sydney & I miss it.

I say I miss it, I genuinely do, & yet I haven't used it as much as I would have liked over the past few years. I guess what made me lazy to sew was that I would have to lug the machine & over-locker out of the attic set it all up & then pack it down again. Sometimes it felt that I could have spent less on a dress in a shop than sewing one after I factored in all the time setting up & lurking out on the floor cutting it out....not to mention those damn zippers getting stuck! I have always felt that 'one day' I would have a dedicated room to my sewing & then & only then would I be whipping up outfits worthy of a Chanel catwalk. (stay tuned for a craft room blog soon!)

I still have this space problem & one more intense. We live in a 1 bedroom flat & when we are both home, we really do rattle around in it, trying not to cramp each others space. So why on earth am I thinking of buying a sewing machine! Because I miss it that's why...oh, & not forgetting my new years resolutions!

L & I talked about my getting one while we were walking along a snowy cobbled street in Prague. L was very supportive & suggested I try ebay to get a second hand one. I had a short search on ebay but really couldn't find one worth while after the ticket out to the outskirts of London & carrying it back. And then I remebered I had read this Daily Mail article that Tesco & Argos have reported a large spike in sewing machine sales over the past year.

 So I checked them out. And this is the short list....I'd love you opinion!

The Tesco EJ09 - from Tesco at £49.97 on sale

THE BLURB
The Tesco EJ09 sewing machine has 19 stitch options including embroidery options & a button hole function. Includes cover, zipper foot, buttonhole foot, button sewing foot, pack of 3 needles & 3 bobbins.
PRO's
• Cheap as it's on sale for £49.97
• Light
• Has all the basics
CON's
• The reviews aren't great
• Might not have good resale value

Brother LS2125 Sewing Machine - from Argos at £68.29

THE BLURB
This Brother machine has 14 automatic stitches, 4 step buttonhole, zipper foot, twin needle sewing & includes zig zag foot, buttonhole foot, zipper insertion foot, button sewing foot, screwdriver, 3 x bobbins, needle set, twin needle, darning plate (for free motion sewing). Plus a 2 year guarantee.
PRO's
• Free 2 year warranty
• Good resale value
CON's
• More expensive
• Tesco machine has more stitches (although I'm not very experimental with stitches!

The Janome J1012 - from John Lewis at £99

THE BLURB
The Janome J1012 is ideal if you use your sewing machine as part of a hobby or regularly mend clothes. It has 14 stitch options, 4 step automatic buttonhole facility, darning plate and free arm; it also comes with a soft dust cover.
PRO's
• Free 2 year warranty
• Good resale value
CON's
• The most expensive of these options
• Tesco machine has more stitches (although I'm not very experimental with stitches!


And the winner is...well I don't know yet. Most of them all have the same sort of specs. It's really just down to warranty & resale value. So maybe for £20 extra the brother is the way to go - at least I can then re sell if I need to & get a good price.


Also have to weigh up the storage & the uses against this purchase as I'm not exactly flush with money right now. My new years resolutions say that I will be using the machine alot this year. However, in reality will I? My gut says I will but my brain is worried about the practicalites & the spend. Oh the joy of being an indecisive gemini!

Stay tuned for the final descision...or more pro & con lists...


xx

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