Actually, it’s a sewing machine – this snazzy
Husqvarna-Viking Sapphire 875 – that’s dancing in my head. Can you blame me? I’m currently in the midst of sewing
pajamas and chalk buckets for Christmas presents on my aging, and increasingly tempermental, 12-stitch Kenmore. This fine manual sewing machine is a major step up from what my great-grandmother sewed on, of course, but cannot compare with the Sapphire’s touch screen control panel, 175 stiches, thread-cutter, and etc.!
Not that I don’t love my Kenmore. My grandmother bought it for me when I earned my MA. She really wanted to give me jewelry, but I wanted something more practical. I had recently moved from bike-friendly Davis to auto-dominated Los Angeles and relied on buses to get around, so the machine has a history that begins with a two-hour bus ride from West LA to the South Bay via LAX and the Del Amo Fashion Center.
My Kenmore is actually a terrific, basic, all-around sewing machine, but I no longer have the patience to deal with it. Due to the nearly constant need to adjust tension, the excruciating effort involved in holding fabric in place as it passes under the presser foot, and the regular occurrence of jams, I currently limit my sewing activity to the simplest of projects. I want more!
Although this need to liberate the super seamstress inside of me is not new, it’s only in the last year that I’ve spent any time researching sewing machines. I immediately limited my search to electronic machines, which permit users to select among numerous stitches, determine stitch length, and set needle position ACCURATELY by pushing a button rather than twisting knobs and moving levers. I considered embroidery machines, but couldn’t see myself doing anything but monogramming bath towels. Hardly worth the additional cost, I reasoned. Then I focused on “work horses,” quickly narrowing my search to Husqvarna-Viking, which, like
Janome, are known for their capacity to facilitate garment-making and have the added benefit of using the many, many presser feet and other accessories my sister already purchased for her machine!
This week, I settled on the Sapphire, going for the 875 quilting model because it’s the top of Husqvarna-Viking’s sewing – as opposed to those very popular embroidery – machines. It doesn’t hurt that the LCD screen is my favorite color: blue.
Yeah, I know it’s way out of Santa’s budget this year, but a girl can dream!