Outside Looking In…

Came across this web site, CRAVE, which reviews different products (mostly electronics).  Anyway, they were reviewing one of the new high-priced Bernina sewing machine.

Crave wrote:

All of this is well and good, but don’t think you’ll be saving money by making your own clothes with this machine. It goes for $8,200. Wouldn’t it be easier (and cheaper) just to buy a new wardrobe?

Guess that’s how the non-sewing world sees things.  They do have a point though…LOL

I remember when I purchased my first sewing Singer machine for $169 at Caldor’s 6 years ago.  I was just learning how to sew and the possibilities were endless–I thought I could sew anything.  Well, I broke and returned 2 of them within 3 months (most likely due to operator error).

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Soon the overwhelming need to monogram anything and everything hit (thanks Martha) and I purchased one of those White $399 embroidery-only machine from the Viking dealer inside my local Joann’s craft store.  The limited embroidery card selection (not to mention the $60 price per card) and small hoop size soon got in the way of my big sewing plans.

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In the meantime while having my crappy Singer repaired, my local sewing repairman talked me into purchasing a 3/4 thread Pfaff serger for $500.

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 While it was a great serger, I was hearing all this talk on the internet about the coveted coverstitch feature…something my Pfaff serger was lacking.  So off to Viking I went…returning home with their top-of-the-line 936 serger.  I was in Heaven!  Mr. Diva’s wallet was now $1,800 lighter.

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While attending a serger class, the Viking instructor talked me into trading in the cheapo White embroidery machine for a Husqvarna Viking Rose 605 sewing/embroidery machine at the cost of another $2,700. 

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However, the instructor “forgot” to mention I’d need embroidery software and a reader/writer box.

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Well, more than a $1,000 later, I thought I was set.  Little did I know, I’d have to purchase software upgrades at the tune of another $800!  But fine, my embroidery abilities were now endless.  I started getting large embroidery orders and now required yet another embroidery machine.

Custom Order 

Custom Diaper Covers

I then became the proud owner of “Iris.”  I told my husband that I had purchased it for my daughter…ummm, I lied.  Now I could have two embroidery machines running at the same time!

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I was enjoying my 936 serger, but it became apparent that I was too lazy to keep switching over from the 4 thread to the coverstitch function.  Thus, I added a used Viking 905 to my “collection.”

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My bright idea was I’d use the 905 for 4 thread serging and the 936 for coverstitching.  But once your drive a 936, you just can’t settle for less.  The 905 didn’t have the cool LCD sewing advisor making it a deal breaker.  So I spent the next year searching eBay for a used 936.  I also called my Viking dealer to see if they had any 936 floor models available.  No such luck…but she did mention she had a great sale on the Designer I sewing/embroidery machine (their top-of-the-line at the time) for a mere $4,500…SOLD!  Anyway, Mr. Diva was planning a solo trip to Las Vegas and I’d be stuck home with the kids–the Designer I would be my reward…LOL! 

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Six months later, Mr. Diva decided to make another trip out to Las Vegas and that meant another “reward” for me.  I told him I’d like a used 936 serger which I spotted on eBay for $900.  He asked why I didn’t want a new one from the dealer and I told him it would cost $1,700…but he said it would be smarter to buy it new thus getting the dealer warranty.  He had a point…haha.  Well, luckily Viking was having their Black Friday holiday sale and I was able to pick up a new 936 for only $1,300.  Score! 

Now I was set–3 Viking sewing/embroidery machines and 3 Viking sergers.

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Or so I thought…

If you hang around long enough on the sewing forums, you’ll hear all about how Industrial sewing machines put even the top-of-the-line home sewing machines to shame.  I tried to ignore the impulse for as long as possible, but once again got sucked in.  However, I could not justify spending over $1,000 for a new Industrial machine, so I began searching eBay once again for used machines.

As luck would have it, a local seamstress was downgrading and I became the proud owner of 4 (yes, FOUR!!!) Industrial machines!  Now the best part was I won her “upholstery business” for a mere $154!!!  She even threw in an extra motor, industrial grommet press and tons of machine attachments.

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Did I mention I’m now in the market for a used Industrial Coverstitch machine?

 It just never ends…

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Comments

  1. GIRL! I think you need some sorta’ ten step program! LOL

    Trina

  2. I LOVE this post – it is so EXACTLY my story right up to the industrial machines. My contractor has the industrial machines for the samples and production, but I need to go there so that I can whip through the prototypes.

    I trashed my first cheap serger like I’ve never trashed anything before.🙂

    Best,

    Amber

  3. ROTFL..YESS a 12 step program….DANG GIRL..I think you need at least a few more machines..I can think of a few!😉

  4. Who needs a 12-step program when you can have a 12-machine studio? LOL I too have a few machines, including an A-1 longarm quilting machine. I enjoyed your blog.

    Miki

  5. Miki…I couldn’t agree more…LOL!

  6. I suffer a similar affliction that has yet to be fully funded and therefore not officially diagnosed. However, once I get my Diamond Deluxe, I believe I will be certified. Er.. Certifiable🙂
    I will post pics and share my site, once I have completed the renos to my craft room..

  7. LOL Cat! Can’t wait to see your new craft room!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

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