In January I gave my sister her first sewing lesson. We did some beginning exercises and made a pillowcase. Since then it caught her. She started taking sewing classes near her home (unfortunately she lives one hour driving from my place) and we did some other sewing projects together such as the lovely fabric covered boxes.
Up to now she did all her sewing on the Ikea SY sewing machine. By now a family piece, I bought this machine for my first sewing projects, but limited in its possibilities. So it is time to move on to a new sewing machine to further explore the sewing world.
Her demands, my selection
When I did my upgrade I bought the Singer Curvy 8770 (link to seller). A more expensive machine that I was lucky to find in a nearly new state and half the price of a new one. And except from some minor details (I will write about them soon) I love my sewing machine!
My sister wanted to buy one for about 200 euro. Her demands: adaptable stitch width and stretch stitches. I came for her with a selection of two machines.The Singer Tradition 2263 (link to seller), which has a front load bobbin and the Singer Talent 3321 (link to seller), which has a drop in bobbin system and it looks a bit nicer. More important, this machine has the option to place a second spool on top, indispensable when you want to use a twin needle, which is common used when handling stretch fabric. The singer talent 3321 sewing machine costs about 30 euros more.
Eventually I came with a third option, the Singer Tradition 2273. This machine can have a second spool for twin needle, has a front load bobbin case, which I don’t like very much, but the big plus here is that it can do buttonholes in one time! I also have it on my machine and it is really great (maybe I am just too clumsy to make a 4 step buttonhole).
Now it is up to her to make her choice. But I will let you know which one she chose!