I’m just after your opinions on a new sewing machine that I now find myself (excitingly!) at financial liberty to buy (thank you, Mr. Tax Man). I’ve had two machines in the past – a Husquvarna ZigZag (an early domestic zigzag machine!) from the early 1970s that sewed like a dream, but eventually blew up, and the pretty basic Janome that I’m using now, and haven’t been happy with at all (lots of tension problems, and it seems flimsy). I do lots of dressmaking, quite a bit of applique, some patchwork and a little bit of quilting (I get my big quilts done by a quilting service). I also live a fair distance from any kind of city, and can’t get all brands serviced locally. Of the ones I can, I’m tossing up between:
- Brother Innovis 400 (just sewing)
- Pfaff Select 4.0 (looks like a good, solid, plain sewing machine)
- Janome 6260 Quilter’s Companion (hmm, not sure about Janomes in general)
- Brother Innovis 900 (embroidery too, which I think I’d use reasonably regularly, but does the embroidery detract from the general sewing capabilities?)
Of course, I will take the two hour round trip to go test them out, but even then, I’ll only be able to spend a little time with each machine. Any thoughts, particularly regarding reliability? I can get a Husqvarna at a pinch, even though it means travelling a lot further if something goes wrong – are the current models worth the effort? Thanks in advance – I really appreaciate your genuine comments!