The time has come. I have been sewing since spring 2010. I bought a new, fairly low-end machine when I started because I wasn’t sure if I would end up sticking with this sewing thing. It is a beginner’s Brother and has certainly done its job! I thought my sewing machine would end up in the same closet as my inline skates and resistance bands.
But I have found a hobby that has stuck. Big time. I think about sewing all the time. I touch fabric on people’s clothing (with permission, of course). Even if I am not actively sewing, I am making plans. My totally incredible serger has highlighted the weaknesses of my machine. I would like something fairly comparable to my Janome serger.
My latest plan is to sew jeans. The Husband has led the way to this, I must say. He is
obsessed keenly interested in raw Japanese denim jeans. His buddy, MarShaw, is likely to blame as he introduced my husband to these jeans. The best denim is supposed to come from Japan. It is stitched up into jeans which the purchaser then wears WITHOUT WASHING for months so they crease naturally. When you finally wash them the creases and whiskering are set into the fabric.
Anyway, I would like to stitch up my own jeans to get the proper length, rise and to use fun coloured denim. To do that I really need a machine that is a little more heavy duty. My machine has been great but I know that it complains when I sew heavy fabrics. And the stitches are okay but not as gorgeous and consistent as I know is available. I will likely get a bonus from work in March *$$* and I want to spend it on a machine that can take me to the next level of sewing.
(Photos from Amazon.ca) A couple of machines that I am researching. I won’t buy from Amazon, just looking at reviews and pricing. BTW the price difference on machines in this range are about $200-$300 from Canada to US.
Here is where you can help. What do you sew with? What would you buy if you could purchase another machine? How much should I spend for a home use machine that will handle denim and other heavy fabrics?
For fun, here is a video from Roy Denim. He uses a multitude of machines to sew his custom jeans. Very cool.