I was 10 years when I received my first (and for decades only) sewing machine. In our house socks and sneakers for a birthday gift were a huge deal. I was thrilled beyond words. I had been sewing my doll clothes for years by hand and the thought of having a machine was more than I could imagine. Granted the machine came with a caveat as I was now responsible to provide my own clothes but I didn’t care.
So here it is 4+ decades later and I am thrilled again to celebrate my birthday with a sewing machine.
Happy Birthday to me:If you have been following this blog for some time you know I teach in my home and I host a Sew-in each month for working on donation quilts (details here).
Students that attend classes are encouraged to bring their own machine, though new sewers don’t always have one. However, many of the Sew-in volunteers, did not start out as sewers and do not have a machine. That meant a sharing of sewing time on my machines whenever we met, so my intent was to purchase an inexpensive but decent machine for others to use.
I am a Janome girl and I knew what a decent starter machine goes for as I have one that I use for classes and camping/vacationing.
Like many quilters I am on the look-out for a Singer Featherweight, though anything I have found is out of my price range. What I did discover while researching, reading blogs and following discussions on Twitter was a Singer 201-2 is another workhorse but generally less expensive.
I have a 1927 Singer 99 which is a small home model that was a gift from a friend a couple of years ago. That is used for the Sew-in’s and works wonderfully.
On a whim for my birthday I decided to go to a local antique shop “just to see.” That was last week when I found the Singer 201-2
. I took down the model number came home and did research and discovered the price listed was well below anything I could find online. This this past weekend, I bit the bullet and went to test the machine. I was afraid it might need work since the price was so low. It ran beautifully and comes with accessories. Just needs a little cleaning.
I am thrilled!!! I have an awesome new (to me) machine, at a price that can’t be beat that meets my needs. Bonus again, because it is in a cabinet it provides a work station.
I now have more machines so those without a sewing machine will not have to wait to sew. Next project, see if I can do some creative rearranging to make more room. 🙂
Enjoy the journey, Jackie