And the Saga continues…

May 20, 2009

I got word yesterday that Etha, my Viking sewing machine, needs a new motor in addition to the work already quoted. Ouch!. That is not good news.


There must be a line where it no longer makes sense to keep investing in an old machine and it does make sense to get a newer, if not new, one. I feel like I must be close to that line and I’m trying to decide what to do. Have you got any advice?


In the meantime, my very good friend Karen loaned me her White Quilter’s Machine. It is actually a very nice little machine. Now let me point out that I would not recommend it for 8 hour sewing days, 5 days a week. I don’t believe it is that kind of work horse. But it looks like a great little machine for taking to retreats, carrying to classes and loaning to poor friends that find themselves in need of a sewing machine.


One of the features that I really like about it is that when you open it up part of the carrying case becomes the work table. I like to see resourcefulness like that in a product.

The controls are all very easy to understand and easy to use. It was easy to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. It has a variety of stitches and the needed stitch length and width controls. It has a start/stop button if you prefer that over using the foot pedal. And it also has a stitch speed control which I had fun playing with.

It is going to be a great little machine to get me through this saga. Thank you so much Karen!!



  1. It sounds like you need a new machine–or at least a newer machine. I hate to make decisions like this when I have to make them. I prefer to make them when I can take my time and don’t have to rush. Don’t quote me but I think the life expectancy of a machine is around 15 years. (and it could be less on the computerized ones)

  2. I would say it depends on how much you love your old machine. When my Bernina 1260 went into the shop I decided I needed a new machine so I would have the 1260 for back up. I bought a new machine for over$1100.00. I ended up not liking it at all. I took it back & traded up for a more expensive machine. Didn't like it either. Preferred the old Bernina. Ended up selling the new machine & bought 2 more 1260's on Ebay. I love my machines. I keep 2 set up in my studio, & 1 in the case for travel.

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