My mother gave me my singer sewing machine over 20 years ago for my birthday one year. I remember going to the shop and asking for the simplest machine available, I didn’t even want a zig-zag stitch, but they didn’t have any machines that didn’t have zigzag. I was used to my mother’s black Singer from the 1940’s . I’ve been using that machine for 20 years and using it almost everyday for the past 2 years. It still works, but it chugs and plunks and often sounds as if it just won’t go another stitch.
So when I went to the sewing shop in Glens Falls (who even knew there was a sewing machine shop in Glens Falls!) I told the woman I wanted a machine that was inexpensive and not to complicated. Either she was a good sales woman, or she knew what I wanted more than I did. She sold me a computerized Brother (never heard of Brother) quilting machine with about 200 stitches and a special flat bed attachment and 8 different feet. The thing that sold me was the free motion element. This allows me to basically draw with stitches. I think it’s traditionally used to mimic a design in the fabric to be quilted, but I see it as a new creative tool to make, well… I don’t quite know yet.
I spent the night figuring out how to use the machine, and was surprised how simple it really is. It’s a smooth sew, my work done on my Singer actually looks crude compared to the few simple stitches I experimented with. It’s as if I’ve been using stone tools and just entered the bronze age.