I heard tale a while back about this fabulous contest that could win one lucky bag-maker a Janome 6600 sewing machine (normally retailing for just under $2000). A few months ago, I was seriously considering getting a new sewing machine to replace my trusty, but sometimes unhappy and underpowered Pfaff Hobby 1042, and this Janome was briefly one of the candidates. I will submit an entry and see what happens. I’m sure my Pfaff would have something to say about this if he knew.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the type to just fall for a cute purple-accented German-made sewing machine all those years ago and not stick by it through thick and thin. I’d never leave him sitting all alone to collect dust, wondering why he’s not good enough and why he’s been discarded for something sexier. No, I believe I’d tell him straight away that he can’t sew through layers of thick fabrics very well, and maybe if he’d stop breaking needles all the time he’d fall back into my good graces.
Despite my guilt about my disloyal thoughts, my eyes can’t help but wander towards bigger, better, and more feature-rich machines. While looking at the price tags, I’ve made up all sorts of reasons why I deserved a machine like the Janome 6600 or one of it’s high-priced compatriots. Here are a few:
- Because can someone really build a Craft Empire™ with a machine called a “Hobby?”
- Because I’m graduating in the Summer and ohmygosh I’ve suffered enough for, like, 3 of these things, at least. This will make me shut up about it already.
- The lady at the sewing shop told me that over 50% of women own at least 2 sewing machines. Having just one must make me an underachiever.
- With all the things it could do, it’d be like having my very own robot friend.
We all need robot friends, don’t we?
Anyway, my little Pfaff has been a great machine for 4 or 5 years, and for the <$300 price tag (as a last-year’s-model sale item so long ago), it can’t be beat, so I’m sticking with it for now. But it’s seen some hard times, and the desire to kick it to the curb (or maybe just expand my collection) is just becoming too great. Maybe between now and the time I re-convince myself that all I need in life is a new machine, I’ll be able to learn how to combat the “wow-feature creep” that Erin at Dress A Day writes about so accurately, and become a person capable of restraint. But what are the chances, really?Posted by robyn on January 16th, 2008 under crafts, sewing, sewing machines
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