Friday, January 18, 2013

My New Ironing Board and Machine Suggestions

Sorry, I hit the wrong button and (zoom!) off went the title!

My new ironing board is lovely.  Not flashy or standoffish, it is friendly and cute.  I am thinking it needs a bright basket like I made last year for everyone for Christmas.  Yes.  And we can have a tutorial if I can find the original post.

My nephew, Jason,  texted birthday wishes last night from Phoenix.  He asked what I had gotten.  He was sympathetic when he read it was an ironing board.  I had to tell him that it was a WONDERFUL gift that only a quilter would appreciate!

Today, I am thinking that I need to work on the Southwest Quilt and get it finished and off the frame.  That means I will have to play with the tension a bit.  Maybe longer than a bit.

And I have decided what I need.  A man on the side who loves to dabble in sewing machines........

Oh, and I may be in the market for a nice $200-400 sewing machine that sews nicely when piecing but has a few bells and whistles like needle up/down, feed dogs down, free motion capability, maybe some stitches ( I would LOVE one of the wavy straight lines that so many of the modern quilters are using.)

I think my $79 Runway Edition Brother is having some problems with the tension setting and it would cost me more than that to have Ray look at it.

I want this second machine to be the one that totes to classes, retreats, sew days and RedStick Days.  That leaves the $2700 machine at home and safe from bumps and bobbles.

What are your best and favorite machines?


  1. I have a Pfaff 1475 and I love it. It doesn't have that wavy stitch you talked about. I have had mine for 20 years and it is not too heavy to take somewhere. They still command a pretty good price on ebay - 6 to 7 humdred dollars.


    This is what I upgraded to from a starter Brother. It has several cute stitch choices, feed dogs up/down, drop in bobbin, I think for the price it's well worth that price :) Good luck!

    PS happy birthday yesterday! Love the ironing board and new bag!

    xoxo melzie

  3. Happy birthday a day late. The ironing board is terrific. I just got a new to me machine last weekend, but it doesn't have any of the bells and whistles. It's a little Featherweight. In wonderful condition, just needs some tweaking on the tension. Good luck in your search for a different machine.


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