my original workhorse
For the past 20 years I have sewn on a Pfaff Tiptronic 6232. I received it as a birthday gift and it was truly the machine I learned to sew on. It has served me well as a hobby machine, but also as a workhorse the last 2 years for my growing etsy shop.
At the time I received it, I think it was a little under $1000, but now it’s honestly not worth much at all. I’ve sewn garments, a bedding set for our first apartment, handbags and lots and lots of velcro! This machine has stitched through pretty much anything I’ve put in it, from thick fabrics to paper! My worst memory with this machine was when I stitched through my finger! All the way through the nail. I remember the machine made this horrible noise and I looked and realized the needle was stuck in me! I really don’t remember much more than running downstairs to show my mom what I had done!
I love this machine and I will never get rid of it. It’s been a super dependable machine for me for nearly 2 decades. Probably the one feature that I’ve loved the most is the ability to move the needle exactly where I want it…left, right, center, just a little to the left or right etc.
The thing I’ve hated most about this machine is the buttonholes. I’ve never made a good buttonhole with this machine!
While I’ve loved my Pfaff, I have heard that the Pfaff company is no longer making machines in Europe anymore. It’s not the same “Pfaff” company that made my machine.
About a month ago I finally brought home a new machine. There were a million reasons why, but mostly I just knew that if I was going to keep on sewing like I was I would need to upgrade. After researching and trying out different brands, I finally settled on a Juki. I chose a Juki for it’s background with industrial sewing. I wasn’t looking for a machine that did all sorts of fancy things or embroidery; I simply wanted a machine that could sew and sew well. I was also excited about the price. I was able to get this machine for $700 with tax and honestly all the machines I had research before that would have the things I was looking for were at least $400-500 more than that. I really think that Juki makes a solid machine for a seamstress who is just looking for a good home sewing machine. It’s got some great bells and whistles, but really the simple ones you might look for.
While this machine has been a little bit of an adjustment from my Pfaff, I’m beginning to really love it. The variety of stitches and honestly even how quiet it is has been awesome. It sews beautifully and my favorite feature right now is the fact that I can see the bobbin and how much I have left!
I’m not crazy about the bobbin winder though. It’s kind of slow 🙂 I haven’t experimented yet with buttonholes or many of the fancy stitches, but I’m looking forward to it. So far the only thing that drives me nuts about this machine is that I can’t really figure out how to move the needle to different positions – well scratch that I know how to move it to the left side, but it doesn’t seem to have a movement to the right or something like that. There are just times I have loved being able to change my needle position and I do miss that in my old machine. I’m still getting used to the backwards stitching and built in scissors and pushing all the right buttons, but overall I’ve been really pleased. So far I have sewn a little bit on a garment I’ve been slowly working on, sewn a few cape sets and did a whole host of stockings and other items. It’s handled them all with great speed and endurance! (more than I have!)
I’m linking up today with Sew Mama Sew who is hosting a whole blog post on sewing machine reviews. Check it out!