What brand and model do you have?
How long have you had it?
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Quilts, handbags, home dec, mending, and greeting cards.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I sew almost every day, but I do baby it. I have huge respect for sewing machines, and once I have one I don't want to get rid of it. I have 3 domestic machines in my home. I have a Pfaff my dad purchased for me as a grad gift - I still love it, I have a lower end model Husquavarna which is put aside for my daughter - inherited from Grandma, and my Janome 6600P.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I like it, but I'm still holding out for my dream machine. I just can't name an object, I try to come up with one both for my domestic and my longarm machine but I am incapable of coming up with names for non-living items.
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
I love the needle up/down positioner and the cutting threads button.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Sometimes it eats up (pulls my work down into the needle plate) the beginning of my work, and the bobbin winder doesn't wind a completely full bobbin.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
No great story, my Pfaff's computer gave out and at the time I felt it wasn't worth fixing, I was better off buying a machine designed for quilting with a larger throat area. I traded this machine but have always regretted it. I'm still pining for it and have often gone back to see if it is still there and considered buying it back.
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
For the price you pay it has a lot of quilting specific features that are really handy and make life easier.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
How does it sew when you sample it, does it feel like a Cadillac or an old clunker?
Do you have a dream machine?
I'm holding out for a Bernina 730. I love Bernina's BSR and when you sew on one it definitely feels like a Cadillac.