Bad news, kittens.
My beloved Brother PS-3700 is no more. As it turns out, it was not so unscathed in the move. It was, in fact, very much scathed. It must have been jostled around a bit too much, despite being in its case, and the motor is absolutely kaput. Which means, I have pattern pieces cut out, I have a muslin sewn together, but now I have no sewing machine. (Okay, that's not exactly true. I do have a Bernina Bernette 46, which was purchased as a travel machine, but it gives me headaches. I swear the needle unthreads every other time I put my fabric through. Drives me crazy. The only dress I've sewn on it took twice the amount of time it normally would, thanks to all the re-threading. It's adorably retro looking, but a total lemon.)
This will not do.
Unfortunately, having the motor replaced is almost half of what I originally payed for the machine. It doesn't seem like a good choice, despite how much I liked my 3700. So, I spent last night looking at other machine options. I've read review upon review of all the different brands and their various models. Since I have to buy a new machine anyway, I would like to upgrade to a computerized version. While I do wish my pockets were flush enough to afford a spiffy high-tech Elna, like my mother's, they are not.
Luckily, Brother has once more come to the rescue. The reviews for the CS6000i are almost universally positive - a great computerized machine with tons of features, but easy-to-use for the beginner sewer. So, the CS6000i it is! It turns out, I'm just as loyal to sewing machine manufacturers, as I am to car makers. I may end up forever driving Volvos and sewing on Brothers.
When it gets here on Thursday, I'm going to pour over the manual, then test it out by finally finishing up my Cynthia Rowley pattern. Thank God. I'm starting to feel ill with guilt, every time I look at the pink seersucker pieces. The poor dress is just dying to be constructed!
Out of curiosity, what machine do you use? Is there any manufacturer that you're particularly loyal to?