Monday, May 21, 2012

May Giveaway Day! - Book & Jelly Roll [CLOSED]

I am so excited to participate in Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day this year! I was not blogging during the last one, but I did win a lot of goodies and find so many new blogs to follow. If you are new to my blog, you can click the following links for more about me and my finished quilts.

Here is my offering: One person will win 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects by Ellen Luckett Baker & a Grand Finale (by Sandy Gervais) Jelly Roll!

For a chance to win: 
Leave one comment telling me about your sewing machine; what you like about it, what you don't like about it, etc. Buying a sewing machine is overwhelming and I need help! ;) 

I am willing to ship internationally. If you're a "no reply" or anonymous commenter, please be sure to include your email address in your comment so that I am able to contact you if you win. 

This giveaway will close May 25th at 5pm PST! I will use random.org to choose the winner.

***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***Random.org selected #289 which was Angie from Inspired by H and C! I just sent you an email! Thanks to everyone who entered!

Good luck and thanks for stopping by! You can see the all the giveaways at Sew, Mama, Sew's Blog.

P.S. Beth at Plum & June is hosting the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop this summer. It starts Tuesday, May 22 with Kelsey Sews & Billy Button Designs

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Anonymous said... #

I have a 1976 Elna Lotus. It is a tiny portable Machine that is wonderful for straight stitching, I love it. But its not so good on the quilting .. hopefully i can add something alittle better for free motion quilting.

thanks so much

Laurel said... #

I have a Janome New Home Memory Craft 4000. I have sewn for around 50 years and I LOVE my Janome! I love the needle down, the auto tension adjust and the buttonhole function that will make as many identical buttonholes as you want. It stitches beautifully and takes any number of layers nicely. i have had it over 10 years with absolutely no problems. LOVE LOVE LOVE it! It also quilts very nicely without (or with) a walking foot.
thanks for letting me gush over my machine!! : > )

Kristy said... #

I have a Pfaff 7570 with the embroidery unit. I rarely use the embroidery unit, but it is a ton of fun when I play with it. My machine is a workhorse and old enough that you can find it for under $1000 on occasions (my hubby found mine in a pawn shop for $800)and it is totally worth the money. I love the built in walking foot (IDT). I'm also fond of my Janome :)

Katrin said... #

I have a Brother Innovis 400 and I love it. Thanks!

Jessica Jo said... #

I have a Kenmore and I love it, though I can't figure out the buttonhole mechanism thing. It has 50 stitches and they are all different enough to give me pretty much everything I need.

sntbosch said... #

I have an old singer. If I would purchase a new machine...I think I would buy a Bernina or a Janome.

Breanna S. said... #

My new machine has several interesting stitches for decorative stitching and I love using it to add details to dresses, pillows, and bags.

Miranda said... #

i use a pfaff hobbymatic 927. i stole it from my mother-in-law and i love it! it's pretty basic, but it's a workhorse. never needs a tune up (barely needs oil) tension is always perfect, i seriously love it. if i were to spoil myself, i'd probably get a juki tl-2010q (the knee lift and thread cutter are calling to me).

KerryQ said... #

I have a very basic machine -a Huskystar 215. It serves my basic needs, but I would love an upgrade and agree that it's a hard decision. I'm looking forward to seeing what you get!

Kristin said... #

I have a Bernina Activa 125. I love the way it sews...so smooth and lovely. I don't like it's 3/4 size...very hard when trying to quilt. And I don't like that Bernina charges such crazy prices for feet and such!
seemommysew@ gmailDOTcom

Amanda said... #

I have a Pfaff lifestyle machine. This was limited edition model, but I do really like and think you can get a similar model still. It is a pretty basic machine, compared to many. It has about 20 stitches, including 2 quilt stitches. One negative is there is not a needle down feature, the needle aways comes up when you stop sewing. I think my next machine will definitely possess this feature. I am, overall, a Pfaff fan.

Jenniffier said... #

I have a jamone DC2010. It is a good mid level machine. It wasn't too price, but has lots of good features and a pretty good motor/power. I can go though 6 layers of fabric without a problem and I can free motion quilt on it. I would like to upgrade to the next level higher that is meant for quilting, but those are double to triple the price I paid.

Sharon said... #

My husband's aunt gave me her "old" Elna Quilter's Dream. I LOVE it!!! I do wish that it had a bigger throat, now that I'm trying to learn to quilt larger things. But besides that, it sews like a dream & travels well!

Thanks for the chance! :)

Annabanana said... #

I have a Pfaff 2046 and I love her! I really have no complaints but one little thing I'd change would be how it backtacks...I'd rather it was in place than a few stitches forward and back because it is noticable (probably not to anyone else though!).Thanks for the giveaway!

P.S. my daughter's name is Taryn!

Mikelle said... #

I love my machine, a Janome 6500, and it has a fairly large throat space, but the bigger the throat the better! I love my automatic thread cutter and the up/down needle button too.

kell22 @ cox.net

AGypsiSoul said... #

I recently bought a Janome Magnolia 7330 and I love it so far! It was recommended to me by a friend as a great mid-range workhorse. It's been living up to its name! The only thing I would change about it is I've noticed it has a hard time going through multiple layers of home dec fabric etc...that and I would probably spring/save for a mid-arm...getting a queen size quilt through my domestic is a workout!!

Gill said... #

I have a Husqvarna Lily!
I love it apart from one thing - the walking foot is hell to get on and off!

Margaret said... #

I'd tell you about my sewing machine, but it is so old you don't want to know. I have a 25-year-old Kenmore and there is lots that I don't like about it, but what I do like is that it is simple. I don't think I could handle a fancy computerized machine.

Ingeborg said... #

I like my sewing machine because it isn't mine but my mothers and I can use it whenever I want.

Mom2RyandSis said... #

I have a Baby Lock Melody works great and with the exception of FMQ is very quiet.

Julie O. said... #

I have a Brother, and I loved it until it just started breaking needles, I need figure out its problem :(

bee*in*the*balm said... #

an old white from a yard sale, sturdy and strong but needs a tune up
fingers crossed! treevt80 at yahoo dot com

Valerie said... #

Fun! I have had my eye on that book- looks good! Ok, I LOVE my Elna, despite a recent quilting glitch that I really think happened because of some cheap basting spray I used. It is a workhorse-I don't hear about it often online, but I think it's one of the best machines out there.

Cheryl said... #

I have a Brother from Wal Mart. It is a great basic machine and I will use it till I can afford something nicer. I love all the feet it came with, the needle threader, and the fancy stitches.

Mike Pearson said... #

Hello, I have a Pfaff Quilt Expression 2.0. I love it. My favorite part is that it has a built in walking foot that you just have to "engage" or "disengage" rather than take it off and put it back on. Also, the throat space is above average in size, perfect for stuffing that Queen or King size quilt in there while FMQing.

pippablue said... #

I have a Viking. It really sews well and has loads of stitching options. I would love it to have a bigger harp though, as it gets a bit frustrating trying to manouever anything bigger than a baby size quilt!

m hoch drei said... #

I have a really really old one.. maybe 30 years old ? It runs, runs, runs, but sometimes I whish it had more stitches like flowers or leafs ?

kaeferchen17 at yahoo.de

Have a nice week and thank you !

Gabi said... #

I have a singer brilliance, recently released for their 160th anniversary. My parents gave it to me for Christmas. Though others have had problems, I love my machine. It is my workhorse. I moved up from my mom's Singer Elegance. It's a good move. gabila66 at Yahoo dot com

Craftinomicon said... #

My sewing Machine is an old Kenmore. It was my mom's and I think that is why I love it so dearly. It's pretty old (circa 1974ish) so it doesn't do all the fancy stuff that more technologically advanced machines do, but it gets the job done and it's survived quite some time, so it's definitely well made. :)

Jeana said... #

I have a Brother that I bought from Amazon a few months ago (I am new to sewing) -- so far I absolutely love it, even if it has functions that I don't even use!

elnorac said... #

Hi there. I have a cheapo Brother, and I like it okay. I'd rather spend my money on fabric than a fancy sewing machine. I like the auto backstitch button. I odn't like that the darn self-threader quit working after a couple of months.

Thanks for the chance at the awesome giveaway.

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts said... #

I have an old Bernina 830 and love it! I got it from my grandma. They were built in the 1970s. She has mostly metal parts, and my serviceman said this is the most important thing to look for over the long haul. I love everything about her!


Crystal said... #

I have a Brother. Just one from Target, but when I first started quilting, I wasn't sure I would stick with it, so got one with a gift card I had. It gets the job done, but I definitely want to get something fancy soon :)

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Unknown said... #

I have a brother sewing machine. I like it cause its got a few different stitches on but is still very easy to use. What I don't like about it at the moment is its not working properly cause my youngest put fabric paint in it (children eh)

CraZyDaiZy said... #

I have a Viking 350 - Daisy. My family says I bought it for the name, but I like the simplicity of it.

Unknown said... #

My sewing machine is a purple john lewis one, and I would say that the best thing to do is make sure you have good quality thread for it, as otherwise you end up with threads breaking all the time and leading you to believe your machine is broken, when in fact, actually, it's just rubbish thread. I speak from experience.

Eren0317 said... #

My machine is a basic Brother (about $100). I'd love to have a new one, so you can bet I'll be back to read all of your comments on this topic later this week. I don't mind my current machine, but it does tend to get jumpy when I sew too fast! It does sew straight and I've never had any problems with it, so I'll take what I can get! Wonderful giveaway and thank you for the chance to win :)
Eren0317 at hotmail dot com

MS said... #

I bought an Elna because I was moving to France and knew they had dealers there. I wish I had someone that came with the machine to physically walk through some of the stitches and the zipper foot with me!

SewLindaAnn said... #

I've got a Babylock Ellure (1st model). It sews well and does embroidery. Buying Babylock is like buying not the best made machine, but one with all the bells and whistles. I love needle up/down, auto threading, all the available presser feet. I'm sure they've improved the lighting since mine. If I were not interested in the extras, I'd go with a more solid model with more metal than plastic.

Deana said... #

I just got a computerized Janome and I love it I was using a 40 year old singer before so I feel like I am in heaven. Best thing about it? It threads the needle for me Woot!
deanaspice (at) yahoo dot ca

Samantha said... #

My sewing machine is almost 100% perfect for me - it is the Viking Emerald 118. I love the needle up/down button and that it remembers the position it started in... I just wish it had a thread cutter!

carrie (believemagic) said... #

I have two Kenmores and a Brother. Love them all. The Kenmores are workhorses but they are made by Janome and branded for Sears. Love all the stitches they offer and straight line quilting with them is a breeze. The Brother does all my free motion quilting. It's lightweight and easy to travel with. Would someday like to replace it with a machine that has a bit more room for better free motion stitching.

Pile O Fabric said... #

I am so glad I found your blog! So cute, looks like we have a lot in common! So I have had a lot of trouble with sewing machines! I started with a Brother Csi-600I which for the price had great reviews, but I went through 2 in 4 months they both had bobbin case issues. So I decided my best route would be to get a solid used machine. I got a Elna 3007 and I really like it the only thing I would change is it needs automatic memorized needle down that drives me nuts!! Thanks for the giveaway!

DangAndBlast! said... #

Yay someone else in Houston! I have a Kenmore that's as old as I am (it's my mother's old machine - she has a nice Bernina). I like how it's reliable (see: age) and does what I ask of it, and it doesn't have any odd computerized things or require any special treatment. If I need a fancy decorative stitch (I don't like hand-sewing hems (except on the baby's dresses - those go faster!), so I tend to machine-stitch them with a decorative stitch and call it a day), I borrow my mother's machine, though, as the Kenmore's fancy stitch repertoire is a bit limited.

kris said... #

I'm new to quilting and my wonderful husband bought me a bernina and I love it!! it is amazing and has really helped me learn on such a nice machine. Today is my birthday too and he bought me some beautiful fabric so I feel extra special:)

Beth said... #

I have been sewing on a Pfaff Expression 3.0 with an integrated walking foot for about six months, and I love it. So smooth, so reliable. I wish it had two features available in the 4.0 version, though: the auto thread trimmer and the knee lift. But overall, I am extremely happy with my first "big"machine after years of making do.

aSprinkling said... #

I have two sewing machines that I use regularly. The first won't help you because it's a 25 year old workhorse. The second is a Brother 350 SE that also does some embroidery. I enjoy it for special projects and love the automatic button hole feature!

Eleanor said... #

I have a Pfaff Expression 2.0. It's a mixed bag, if I'm honest. The integrated walking foot is brilliant, there are loads of additional feet that can be bought for it that are cheap. However, this is the second one I've had. The first developed a problem with the bobbin case after a bad service, and this one misses stiches on FMQ if working backwards (i.e., moving the piece towards you). Maybe I've had bad luck, but it wouldn't be an outright recommendation.

Jen said... #

I have a 40+ year old Singer. Doesn't have many features (it brags that it can "Zig-Zag Stitch!") but it sure is sturdy!!

Leah said... #

I have a Bernina 640e. I love it. It does Free motion quilting wonderfully and I never have tension problems with it.

Jamie @Terrabyte Farm said... #

I have a Brother that I got from a big box that works fine. But, I love my Singer 603 all metal machine from the 60s. Best $30 I ever spent at Goodwill.

JenJohnson said... #

I love my sewing machine b/c i had been dying for one for years and my sweet mama bought me one for christmas last year. I dont think a day has gone by that i havent used it for something :)

JoyceLM said... #

I have a Bernina 440QE & I love it. It doesn't balk at sewing over seams like my Kenmore does. I love being able to move the needle over just a tick, if necessary. It was expensive, but the best investment I've made outside of my husband & my house. Thanks for the chance to win.

barbara woods said... #

because my husband bought it for me last year and it runs like a dream

Catskill Quilter said... #

I sew with a Pfaff 1473, which I purchased used in 1993! I absolutely love it - think I have bonded with it for life. (It does everything I want it to do, and many more things I have never asked it to do.) My sweetie has a Pfaff 1222, which is NOT computerized, and he loves his machine, which we have dubbed "the workhorse."

Kaykayott said... #

I have a Brother SE 400, and I love it. I like all of the different stitches it has, the automatic threader, the off/on button with speed control instead of using a presser foot, and you can do some embroidery/applique with it. The only problem is that it doesn't do a very steady straight stitch.

Ashley said... #

I have the green Janome hello kitty 3/4 size machine. I love how powerful it is- it will sew through anything I throw in its needle track. I dont like how compact it is for sewing bigger things. I will deal with the smaller size in exchange for the cuteness :)

Jo said... #

I like mine because it used to be my grandfather's!

jo.tee35 At gmail DOT com

Rebekah said... #

I have a Brother, Project Runway series. I love that it was super cheap, but that's about all. I'm just using it while I save up for my dream machine, although I'm not sure what that is yet.

rebekahricker (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tamara said... #

I have a janome and I love it! I'm not sure I can pinpoint a certain feature.

Jamie said... #

I like my little singer...it gets the job done and after the first two machines I got didn't work I was just happy to have one work for me!!

2ne said... #

I have a Brother Innov-is 1e - it is a amazing embroiderymachine - I just love it. Expencive - but it is worth it all :-)

tpott said... #

I have 3 Singer Featherweights they are great straight stitch machines. I also have a Pfaff 1475 CD that I still love after 22 years (I think). From what I read many people like the older machines, they say they're made better. Bernina's are also great machines my sister has my old one. I hope this helps, good luck. ;-> Toni Anne

Anonymous said... #

I love my Brother sewing machine (I guess that is a little obvious!) The features that I love and now can't live without are the auto needle down function, thread cut button, and the ability to mirror image the stitch. Gosh, all that makes me sound like a lazy sewist!
The thing I hate the most is the thread cassette. My machine is one of the few with one, and it is a terrible thing! But I doubt there are any machines still on the market with that!

Jen said... #

I have a 55 year old Singer and desperately want a new one. I love that my machine will never die b/c it's all metal and well-made, but I don't like that I can never get a perfect 1/4" seam. I want a BabyLock Melody.

Keri said... #

I have a Singer that is pretty inexpensive but it works! I bought a walking foot off of amazon and made my first quilt ( a doll quilt...but I am already onto the next one a little larger now!) this past week for my DD ! I am HOOKED! thanks for the chance to win

deede said... #

I love my Singer Stylist sewing machine. It's a workhorse and does so much more than I ever imagined.
It's not the most expensive, but I love it for the gifts I make from it. (Got it on sale at Hancock fabrics, BTW.)

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Barb Neiwert said... #

LOL - if you're not overwhelmed after all these responses, you're a better person than I! My machine is a Viking 500 from 1995. I love it - knock on wood, it's never been to shop and sews like a charm.

Kelli said... #

I've got a Viking Emerald 116. What I like: it's straight forward and doesn't have all the flashy stuff like those other models. It just sews. Exactly what I wanted. What I don't like: Same thing. Sometimes it would be nice for it do a backstitch on its own. Or if it had a ginormous library of embroidery stitches. But hey, like I said..it sews. Good enough for me!

Risë B said... #

I have three Elnas and love each one. One is a Quilters Dream that is a hand-me-down from my MIL. It sews like a dream. rkbiggs at yahoo dot com

JustPam said... #

I have a Janome 6600 that I like pretty much. I like the built in walking foot. I don't like the power control. Mine sometimes goes by itself, but when I took it to the store to be fixed it didn't act up. It will probably be out of warranty when it acts up consistently. This is a know issue with these machines and they haven't corrected the problem.

charlotte said... #

I sewed on a Kenmore for years and it was always good to me. But I bought what I hope will be my last machine, a Bernina 440 Quilters Edition. I absolutely love it. My hubby calls it my sewing computer.

Sangeetha said... #

I have a basic kenmore Like: easy to use, is 10 years old and works great, cheap
don't like: as I am getting more advanced with my skills wish it had some additional time saving features

Anonymous said... #

I have an AEG 680- AEG in the UK denied they ever made them when I had a problem which makes servicing and parts pretty much impossible- which is the downside. The up is that there's lots and lots of features for the price- I like the drop in bobbin and the needle threader. Not the needle down button so much because it only works about 20% of the time!

Jayme said... #

I have an older Viking that I bought used, but I LOVE it! It's been a HUGE step up from my clunker Brother. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lynn M said... #

I have a brother sew advance cs6000i. I just started sewing back in about october of last year and got this one as a christmas gift. I LOVE it!!! Its just so great all around. it has advance stitches, but there's not a big learning curve to have to go through to learn how to sew on it if you are a beginner.

Miss Beau Jangles said... #

What a wonderful prize! Um, there's not much I like about my sewing machine, it's a hand-me-down, and I am desperate for a new one. Thanks for the chance to win a jelly roll, my personal pre-cut fave!

Alli said... #

I have a dopey Huskystar Husqvarna and an awesome Juki TL-2000Qi. The Huskystar is super quirky, but I've gotten used to it and am pretty fond of it now. My Juki is new, goes super fast, and has a nice big throat, so I love quilting on it. :)

Thanks for the chance to win!

Chloe said... #

My sewing machine is new, a janome TXL607. I love the way it sews, very even and neat compared to my old one, the fun patterns that you can do, and that I can do free motion quilting and walking foot for quilts. That jelly roll looks lovely, great giveaway!

Sarah said... #

I have a Bernina Bernette 66 that I got just over a year ago. The only thing I don't like about it is the feed-dogs can't be lifted up manually - they lift up automatically when you start sewing but it's disconcerting not having them there when you want them!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sally said... #

I have several machines but mostly use:
Babylock Espire--fav. thing about it is the scissors button that cuts the thread--one thing I don't like is I have to use thread-savers at beginning if more than 2 layers of fabric or it might 'eat' it!
Other one is Bernina Aurora 440 QE (quilters edition) with embroidery module--gift from DH about the same time I bought the Babylock for myself, LOL. Love the stitch regulator for quilting--haven't used the emb. yet! Mildly irritating that I have to use Bernina needles (or so I'm led to believe) and bobbins rather than whatever neeedles I have and the pre-wound bobbins!

Lisbeth said... #

I have a Singer Confidence Quilter that has served me well. The reviews make is sound iffy, and I'm sure it's nothing as good as some of the better machines, but I was able to snag it on sale at JoAnn's, and as a relatively new sewer/quilter, I'm glad I didn't spend too much on my first machine (you never really know which hobbies are going to stick, right?). I'm sure I'll spend up next time, though. ;)

Thanks for a chance to win such a great giveaway!

Coser Tejer Crear said... #

I have an Alfa, very common here in Spain. Im lloking into a new Janome though. Nothing wrong with the Alfa,but its not very reliable for quilting. Thanks for the chance!

Delorise said... #

I have a Brother machine that I use mostly. It is one of the cheaper models but my hubby bought it for me. He did do some research and got on made for quilting with all the right feet. But my favorite machine is my Kenmore from Sears. I have had it for over 15 years. It has never given me aany trouble and sews beautifully. It doesn't have a lot of fancy stitches but I don't need them with quilting.

Anonymous said... #

I have a Singer Advanced sewing machine which I love so far. I am a basic sewer, but an just starting with quilting and it has worked well on everything that I have tried and is easy to work. I wish it had a half down presser foot setting for free motion quilting, but I am hoping I can make it work anyway. my email is alp4578@yahoo.com

Gitte said... #

I like my sewing machine because it has made so many things possible. It is over 20 yeras old and never caused me any problems. I now lust for computerised ones that promise endless possibilities.

Unknown said... #

I have a Janome 6600. It's easy to use, lots of decorative stitches and a 9" throat. I sometimes still sew on my grandma's 401 Singer. It's the machine I learned to sew on and its a workhorse!

Thank you for a chance to win!

Leslie said... #

I saved up and bought my Baby Lock Quilter's Choice 2 (now named Melody) and I'm in love. Hard to believe that an "appliance" can make a girl sooo happy. I don't have any complaints except that the machine is capable of more than I am. ;-)

Deanna said... #

I love my pfaff 7570 but mostly use my Quilters Choice by Baby Lock for quilting,
much easier to take to classes, retreats or a friends house.
Wonderful giveaway, thanks so much

Angie said... #

I have a Brother, fairly basic model but it is geared more towards quilting and has a lot of specialty stitches. I love it!

Anonymous said... #

What a generous giveaway! Thank you! I started sewing about 18 months ago and use a Husqvarna Viking E20. It is basic, not computerized, and works fine. But I have also used my mother's 1966 Singer machine, which is still going strong. It is fast and powerful, although LOUD. Clacketty, clack, clack. And at my sewing class, there's a lovely Janome, which is far more smooth and silent than my machine. I don't remember its name, but it's one of the lower end models.

Erin M. said... #

I sew on a bernina 930. IT is old but quite reliable. I don't like that it has a small throat for fitting quilts in.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Christine said... #

I've got a Husqvarna. I suspect it is more intelligent than I am

heather said... #

I have a basic Brother machine. I love that it is quick and easy to thread. The less than ideal aspects are that it doesn't handle thick fabrics well, and there is a very small throat space, so quilting large pieces is difficult. Thank you so much for the generous giveaway!
(hrmaris at yahoo dot com)

quiltmom anna said... #

I love my little Elna quilter's dream as well as my baby lock quilting machine for the same reason- they both have built in thread cutters.
If you want to quilt and don't want to break the bank the Babylock does all the things it needs to - goes fast with the necessary quilting feet( darning foot and walking foot). It comes with an extender table so that you have a larger working surface and has a bigger arm space so it is easier to get a larger quilt under it. It has no special stitches so that is one of the reasons that I like my Quilter's Dream - some fancy stitches and lots of feet that do not cost a fortune. It really depends on what you are sewing- I have a friend who swears by her old Pfaff sewing machine..
Good luck with your search for a new machine
Regards from Western Canada,

Anonymous said... #

I like my machine. It's a super cheap unknown brand but it's my first machine and hastaught me to sew!

Christy said... #

I bought a Husqvarna Viking Scandinavia 100 about 9 years ago on recommendation from my mom, and it has been fabulous! I use it every day. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said... #

I bought my Singer as a self-Christmas present. I love that it has 69 kinds of stitches and it has allowed me to get really creative.

On the other hand, some of the most decorative stitches are a bit inconsistent if I press the pedal too hard (like when I am DONE sewing for the day and want to finish)

It has def opened a world of possibilities for me. I just love it!

Carol C.


Kim said... #

My sewing machine is pretty basic. Just a little Kenmore from Sears. At the time I didn't know if I was going to enjoy sewing, so I told my family not to spend a lot on it. Now I wish I had a machine that was quieter.

Kathryn said... #

I have a Bernin 1230 and love it. It's an older model (about 20 years) and still works like a charm. Kathie L in Allentown

Newbie Jen said... #

I have a Viking Emerald 203, which until a few weeks ago I was absolutely in love with. I used it for almost 3 years before sending it away for it's annual maintenance. Looking back, perhaps I shouldn't have done it as it has not been the same since and I am having trouble quilting with it. It is at the shop now. Hopefully, they will figure it out and I will go back to loving it.

Mie said... #

I have a Pfaff Smarter and I just love all the nice things it can do. It has a nice long throat where lots of fabric will fit while quilting and it comes at an affordable price.

Summer Killebrew said... #

I <3 Grand Finale...I have a quilt and a bag out of it...it's so pretty!

I use an old Singer and it's a work horse, which I like, but it has very few stitches, which I don't like.

Allison C said... #

I have a Janome Heart. It is okay. I liked it better before I had my annual maintenance (that was 2 years overdue). They messed it up and now the light doesn't always turn on. Plus I wish I had a machine with a longer neck.

Kathy H said... #

I have a Viking sapphire and I love it. It has a bigger throat than my older machine and does nice even stitches.

Unknown said... #

I can't help you because I'm just a begginer and I have a very humble model fom Singer. I live in Spain and here in Europe Bernina's are ment to be the best

meghann said... #

I hate my sewing machine. I had a halfway decent Singer that my mother bought me ages ago, but when my oldest was learning to walk she pulled up on it (it was sitting on the floor in the corner of my dining room because I didn't have any other place to store it!) and snapped the spool pin off. I couldn't fix it so I "invested" in a really cheap, bottom-of-the-line Singer Simple, which I've been using for the last almost-three years. It's actually not caused me any real problems - for a cheap machine, I'm impressed with how long it's kept working, in fact - but it's a cheap machine.

My dream machine is a Pfaff Smarter C1100 Pro, which is way more machine than I'll ever need but I figure if I get it I will never need to upgrade! I have some $$ from our next income tax refund earmarked for it... Good luck finding a machine. It's so daunting, isn't it?? xo

Julie @Savvy Eats said... #

I have the Brother XL3750 -- it was a housewarming gift from my grandpa, and I love that it has quilting abilities for when I'm confident enough in my sewing abilities to make a quilt!

Amy said... #

I have the Viking Sapphire for quilting and I absolutely love it! It has a 9 inch throat-fantastic!

Jenn said... #

I have a Brother machine and I love that it also does small embroidery. Oh, and a feature that I thought was silly, but I love now that I've found I use it all the time - automatic thread cutter!!


BeeSewSweet said... #

I have a Singer that is about 20 years old and I love it because it is so dependable.

Deb said... #

I like my sewing machine - but it's a 10 year old Pfaff. I was looking at an Elna at a sewing expo last weekend that looked pretty good, though!

copehome said... #

I have a Brother that cost $130 from Wal Mart about 3 years ago!! She might be small, but she's mighty!

Lisa said... #

I just recently bought a Pfaff Ambition and i love it! Love the drop in bobbin, the countless stitches, the needle threader (!!!!!) and so much more...

Thanks for the giveaway!

leftcoaster at gmail dot com

Mindy said... #

I have a Singer Touch & Sew... I dislike it very much, but it's all that I could afford at the time. Now I'm getting myself a used Bernina 640 with the Stitch Regulator. I can't say if I like it yet... it hasn't arrived. :)

marci sinfisi said... #

I just recieved a new sewing machine for my birthday!! ... i love it even though it takes age sto figure out how it works...
thanks for the giveaway

Anonymous said... #

I have a Janome memory craft and I love everything about it :)

andrea creates said... #

i have a viking sapphire and i like it pretty well : )

Dede said... #

I currently have a Janome 2160 DC that really works well for all of my quilting, doll-making & costume sewing projects. This Janome replaced my barely over a year old Brother that I killed. One word of advice that I got from the sewing machine repair guy was to look for metal parts, not plastic - the parts hold up much better for people who sew a lot!

Thanks so much for a chance at this fantastic giveaway!

EG said... #

I have a Bernina that was made the year I graduated from HS. I got it used on Ebay. I like it but I haven't done nearly as much as the machine is capable of yet!

tusen said... #

I have Singer 4228 Inspiration and so far (1,5 years) I've been quite happy with it. It has all the basic stitches plus some fancy ones, it's very easy to use (this is my first ever machine, so I learnt how to sew on it) and the bobbin is under a transparent case, so I can see when I'm running out of bobbin thread. It's not very big and rather light, which can be useful, but it would have been great if it had a bit more throat space. Still, I managed to quilt some bed size quilts on it anyway.

forevermore said... #

I have a Huskystar 224, and I absolutely love it. Top loading bobbin and a convenient up/down needle button. My only complaint is that switching to different stitches takes takes a bit of extra effort, as my machine insists on staying on a particular stitch until you turn the knob multiple times.

Heather said... #

I have a Pfaff that my Mom picked out for me several years ago when I told my parents and husband that I wanted on for my birthday. They went in on it together and got me a really good basic machine. At the time I only really made clothes so it doesn't have a lot of the fun quilting features but it gets the job done and I love it!

Megan said... #

I have a pfaff and I love it! I bought it after learning to sew on my cousin's pfaff. Her's is cute and vintage while mine is modern (computerized) and not as cute. But still both are solid, metal machines. And they're awesome.

P.S. If I happen to win {fingers crossed} I'd love to pass this along to my mom who just retired and expressed an interest in relearning to sew and learning to quilt.

Michelle Frame said... #

I have a serger, a Brother 1034D, which is so easy to thread and I love it!

Richard Healey said... #

I went to the HMQS and realized my machine is wimpy and I also am looking at a machine. Not sure what I like. Have a singer now its nice but its not COOL!


Anonymous said... #

I just bought a Janome DC5100, and I LOVE IT!!!! Love everything about it. No negatives yet. :)

kristyn said... #

I just got (as in 2 days ago) a Singer 9960 Quantum Stylist and so far I am in love. I haven't done anything other than piecing cotton together but it seems to work really well. A plus to getting this one is that is comes with all the accessories you could ever want including an extension table and cover if you order from Amazon. Plus it had a pretty amazing price for all that was included. Check out my blog in a few days an I will let you know how the quilting goes that I am planning to start tomorrow. ( http://littlegoofs.blogspot.com/ )

AnnieK said... #

My budget is tight, so I couldn't spend a lot of money when I bought my machine...I have the Brother CS6000i. It sews beautifully, is easy to thread, change bobbins, and has an extension leaf that is very handy for quilting. The only drawback is the short space when free-motion quilting; my right hand keeps bumping up into the machine and I have to reposition my hands every few seconds. Other than that, it is fabulous so far!

Heather D. said... #

I have a Baby Lock Elizabeth. I bought it in January, and it was a huge step up from my previous machine. I like it a lot. I do feel though, in the future, if my obsession is still quilts that I would purchase a more workhorse machine - I see lots of people lately buying Juki machines that don't have all of the fancy stitches but are awesome for quilting. Not that my machine doesn't do an awesome job, because it does, but I don't see myself using half of the features it offers.

Kristen said... #

I like my sewing machine. It's just a Brother, probably from Walmart (I can't even remember now- it was a gift) and I don't use it to do anything fancy yet. I've had it a long time but am just now getting into using it!

Carin@Ullhärvan said... #

I've got a Aurora 440 from Bernina, and I think it's great!

Katy said... #

Can I still enter if I don't have a sewing machine? I only took up patchwork last year and I'm doing every stitch by hand. It might take longer, but I can do it on the train, or when i have to cover reception at work over lunch (much to the amusement olf my colleagues). It's a lovely giveaway anyway, and I hope you find the right machine for you.

Sherry said... #

I have a Brother, this is my third and I love how it sews. It is simple to use and has a great stitch with all of the special stitches and extras I need.

Melle@featheredruffles.com said... #


I have a brother se-400. I got it in Novemeber for myself for Christmas. It's my very first sewing machine ever and I wanted one that would #1 frow with me... and #2 do embroidery. This machine does both. And when i say I am a new sewer, the last time I sewed more than a button was in 7th grade (i'm 39 this year) home ec. and I got kicked out after 5 weeks in that class.

This machine has been a BREEZE to operate.

The only thing I am not overly happy with is we have no local stores who carry Brother machines. So there is no small local sewing shop to take sewing/machine lessons at and I know I am not getting my machines worth out of it. I know because I am still too terrified to try embroidery. LOL!

Anyway. Is an excellent machine. :) Am very happy with it. Very easy to use.

Gina said... #

I have a pretty basic sewing machine by Brother. I've been looking to upgrade though!

Jenn said... #

I have a bernina QE440, that I love, it's a great machine, the only thing that I am having a hard time with is the stitch regulator....it skipps stitches once in a while, but I am hoping that can be fixed


Lucky Duck Dreams said... #

I have a Singer Feather weight that is my daily use piecing machine. It is so easy to use! It rarely has any tension problems and is so reliable!

Ella said... #

I love that it's sturdy...but I wish I could FMQ on it.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said... #

I have a mid-range Brother. I love the decorative stitches and the button hole attachment. Mine came with a walking foot, too (fabulous!). What I don't like about it, is that it doesn't always like working with thick fabric... but that could be all about the user instead of the machine, too!

Sue said... #

I have a fairly new machine(Brother) that I love. It came with the walking foot, the free motion quilt foot, etc.

Laura said... #

I have a basic Brother sewing machine, but I love it because I'm just happy to be sewing!

CaroleM said... #

I have a Janome Quilters Companion, and I love it. It is a straight forward machine, but does everything I need it too, and is not so complicated I can't maintain itself.
carolejm at gmail dot com

Jenny said... #

i have a janome 4800 quilting companion...coming on 10 years now. i love it. i dont use many fancy stitchs so the few it has work for me...i get it serviced every 12-18 months and ive never had an ounce of trouble with it!! good luck and thanks so much for a chance....

Lindsay@fortheloveofcotton said... #

I have a Janome HD 1000. I love it. It is a great mid price machine. It sews an amazing straight line, has a very nice feed motion, and is great for free motion quilting as well. I guess the feature I dis like are the knobs to adjust the stitch type and length. I was used to an electronic display, but I got over it quickly!!!

Kersten said... #

I have a Bernina 145. It sews beautifully and has lots of stitch options and an auto needle in down position setting.

The one downside...the arm area is rather small and quilting anything larger then a crib/throw size becomes a bit cumbersome.

Ramsey said... #

I have the Brother cs6000i. I love it because it didn't cost very much. I hate the walking foot it came with because it broke after not much use.
Awesome giveaway!
Ramsey.Weaver at gmail (dot) com

Bethany said... #

Well I wouldn't be much help for a new sewing machine. I have a basic Kenmore that is 10 years old, but it works great and I work it TONS. It has no frills, no 'extra' stitches. It is basic. I would love to get a new one soon too!

Jodi - usairdoll said... #

I love my sewing machine. I have a Viking, Lily 535. It has tons of fancy stitches, lots that I still have not used. It's not computerized and that is fine for me. I had this machine on layaway at my LQS and my Mom paid off my balance for Christmas one year. Great machine!

Thank you for a generous giveaway and a chance to win.


Jo said... #

My DH bought me an old singer machine. I have no idea what model it is. I like it because it sews thru anything even 2 layers of leather. Thanks for the chance to win your prize.

Mandi said... #

I have an older model Brother machine, and the bobbin winder just broke. When I was looking at getting repaired, the repair shop said that Brother has completely stopped making my line of machines, so I don't think that it would be an option for you.
mandicooper (at) gmail (dot) com

ThreadCatcher said... #

I recently bought a new machine and deciding which one was difficult. I like the drop in bobbin with clear case, automatic knot and cut features and the ability to adjust where my seam lands...the elusive scant 1/4" is now possible! Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

LauraH said... #

I love my Pfaff machine. My favorite thing about it is there's a button that can make the needle stay in the down position! It's great!

Anonymous said... #

My machine is a basic Brother. It gets the job done but I'd love a larger neck for when I quilt!

Anonymous said... #

I have a viking and love it, I just wish I got the next one up. I have a very basic model.

Jenni said... #

I have a Kenmore that I got from Sears 8 years ago. I like it because it does everything I need it to!

Olivia said... #

I have a Bernina 330 and I have only had it about 5 months. I'm so in love. The quality is very evident and it can do almost anything I want it to! LOVE IT.

Meghan said... #

Mine's a Kenmore from 1980- it's great!

Musicmicetro said... #

I don't have a sewing machine (yet) because I'm still and college and just learning how to sew. Hopefully I'll figure it out someday! =)

Jess said... #

I got a singer quilters confidence for christmas. I love that it has a bunch of stitches and different feet.


Svetlana said... #

My machine is Juki 2000, I bought it a few weeks ago and I'm so totally in love. It's fast and strong, yet quite quiet. It's a real workhorse. Thanks for this great giveaway.

Amy said... #

I recently upgraded from the machine I bought after trading in my Mom's 1972 Singer (that weighed as much as a baby elephant) to a very beginner machine the Janome Gem 2 over 6 years ago. The Janome Gem 2 served me very well, never broke down, and plowed through quilting and denim sewing too. But, it came time to upgrade and in the decade I'd been sewing (since I "borrowed" my Mom's dusty Singer through the Gem 2), I felt sure sewing was not a "flash in the pan" hobby for me.

So, I went with the Janome 3160 QDC. Yes, I eyed longinly the Janome Horizon but it is most emphatically not in my budget. My new machine is great so far (I've had it about 4 months). I love that I can drop the feed dogs just with a switch, I love the knot stitch (I sew clothing and this is helpful in many ways if not the classiest way to finish a stitched garment) and it also has a great extended platform that helps in quilting a lot. I have no negatives to share about it.

I stuck with Janome because all the additional feet/ attachments I bought for the Gem 2 worked on my new machine too which saved me money. And I kept the Gem 2 (rather than trading it in) so I have a good, reliable travel machine since it is light as air and been very reliable. I sent it for a cleaning and tune up as a semi-retirement gift.

Fran said... #

I have a Janome MC6600P & I LOVE it. It is a brilliant machine for general sewing & for quilting, the larger throat space is amazing & makes quilting larger quilts a breeze. The built-in Acufeed is fab as well. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

Sheila said... #

I have two machines that I use regularly , a Pfaff 7550 , I love the even feed foot along with many other features , I also have a Bernina 440 QE and absolutely love everything about this machine . Thanks for the chance.

Anonymous said... #

A great giveaway, and I like your question! A clever way for you and all of us to trade some information.

Mine is a Bernina Bernette 60. I like that it does just about everything I need, and is just a good, sturdy machine with lots of stitch options. But I've used some of the higher level Berninas, and got a bit spoiled - so I guess I just don't like that it's not quite as schmancy.

(I'm inkahmedia on yahoo.com)

Emma said... #

I have an old janome - I love it because it is simple and I can normally fix it, but don't like threading it up (it doesn't have those sort of quick catch things that new machines have).

Lee said... #

i have a viking machine and have for over 20years and love it! thank you for the great giveaway!

Brie said... #

I just got a Janome DC2011 in october! I love it! I have no complaints!

Jayardi said... #

• • • I bought a Husqvarna Viking Sapphire for the extra room to quilt. Think I may have to go bigger though.

Jessy said... #

I have a Janome 4400 QDC which I absolutely love. My husband picked it out secretly with help from some sewing friends. My only real wish would be for the throat to be bigger to make it easier to quilt larger quilts. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Joyce Carter said... #

I have a Bernina 240 and I love it. It sews smoothly without any trouble at all. Plus it has tons of decorative stitches and I can program it to "write" words to use on scrapbooking pages. Thanks for the giveaway.

Laura said... #

I have a Bernina activa 140. It's my first and only so I have nothing to compare it to but I love it!

Pétra said... #

I have a Janome and I love it! It's only a Home Dec but I am looking to upgrade and think I'll stick with the brand. Thanks for the chance to win!

ikkinlala said... #

To be honest, I do most of my sewing on my grandma's machine - I like how we can work on projects together. I intend to get the sewing machine that I have right now (an old-ish Singer which originally belonged to my other grandma) cleaned up and running again soon, but at the moment I'm using it as a desk.

ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

Laura said... #

I have a Janome Magnolia. I like how easy and straight forward it is to use, but I don't like that it some times gets stuck when I'm sewing small things.

Anonymous said... #

i have a singer that was my mom's (she sewed toddler clothes for me on it!) i have problems with it though, i would love to get a new one :)

Erin said... #

I LOVE my Janome 6300...the throat space, the knee lift, the thread cutter...heaven.

Eema-le said... #

I have a pretty basic sewing machine. I've had it for about 8 years, and it's still serving me well. It's a Kenmore. I'd love to have something a little fancier (adjustable speed, automatic thread cutter), but all in all I can't complain.

Amy said... #

I highly recommend getting a Bernina. I love love my Bernina and its just a basic machine. It is worth the investment!!

Thank you for the giveaway!


ELNM said... #

My machine is a 20+ year old New Home (Janome) Memorycraft 7500. I love it because it is very stable and it still sews like a dream. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said... #

I have a Bernina Artista, and I love it! It does a fantastic job of embroidering & has a stitch regulator that makes machine quilting a breeze.

liza fortheloveofquilting@yahoo.com

Izzy said... #

I have a Brother and my favourite feature is the needle down. Paid a very reasonable price for it and I really like it.

The Sunflower Patch said... #

I have a Janome home model 877. The only thing I dislike about it,is the throat is not big enough. So quilting large quilts is not very much fun.

Unknown said... #

I have a very, very cheap White. It sews pretty well for how cheap it is.

O said... #

I love my sewing machine. It has helped me so much. However I'm disappointed that I can't drop the feed dogs :( hastacualquierdia(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)ar

Janet said... #

I have a Bernina. I bought this machine because it is sold locally, so I can get accessories and there is a service person available. I used to sew on a Singer but upgraded because I wanted to FMQ and my Singer just wouldn't do it. I love the Bernina. It sews consistently well and has lots of features like a self threader and different stitches. The two things that I wish for now are more selection of decorative stitches - but then I don't use them all that often - and a wider throat plate. But I'm not buying anything new in the near future.

hueisei said... #

I love my sewing machine because it's from my mum. It's a featherweight type and there were limitation on FMQ but I still loved it :)

BillieBee (billiemick) said... #

It's a Singer Confidence and I like it pretty good. I don't like that I couldn't make the threader work and then I broke it......smile.

Anonymous said... #

I have a Bernina Activa 240 and I love it! The only thing I wish it had is an automatic thread cutter.

Kelli said... #

Awesome giveaway! I bought a Viking Topaz 30 about a year and a half ago and I love it!! It's an embroidery/sewing machine that was expensive but worth every penny for me. :)

LSS said... #

I have a Viking. Like it because it is quiet and fast. I like that it has a good straight stitch and satin stitch. It is also easy to free motion with.

Anonymous said... #

I have a Janome (not sure what model number, but it's got about 16 different stitches.) I love that it wasn't super expensive but has all the basic stitches I need (including blind hem and a good stretch stitch for shortening my yoga pants.) I don't love that it's a bit loud... although maybe that's just a sign that I should oil it.

(us {at} saraandterry {dot} com)

Dani said... #

I like my sewing machine because it is new, got it last month a Singer Heavy Duty 5532 purchased during a world wide exclusive launch on HSN and it came with a tone of accessories including a huge quilting table. I don't like that it only has 32 stitches, but I guess that doesn't really matter. I've only used 2 different stitches so far.

Jessica E said... #

I love my machine, it is just a Brother C6000 (er...something like that) it is definitely a starter machine but has been great. I do with it had more throat space now that i am starting to quilt though!

Bonnie said... #

My hubby gave me a Singer Stylist for Christmas and I love the smoothness of it. I'd die for a Juki though. Someday... someday... Thanks for the great giveaway!

SewzPassion said... #

I have Brother sewing machine and I love it.

Dorothy said... #

I have a Husqvarna Viking Emerald that I *won!* from Sew Mama Sew a few years ago. Overall, it's a great machine, but it doesn't feed knits along all that well.

Michell said... #

I have a basic brother 3600. It is simple but really want one that do do lots more

Michele Chronister said... #

I have a Singer. I like that it's from a reliable company but my machine has major tension issues sometimes!
msagala1 at gmail dot com

aerialkabuki said... #

I love that my sewing machine is fairly heavy duty, hate that the foot pedal is so touchy and it's tough to go at a slow speed.

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