SewingMachineMonthWThis month is sewing machine month at the sew mama sew blog, and what better way to jumpstart my return to blogging than with a meme?!

What brand and model do you have? I have a Pfaff Hobby 1132

How long have you had it? I’ve had this machine for a little over a year now, 16 months

How much does that machine cost (approximately)? around 400.00

What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? I started out making purses and stuffed toys, as my skills improved I  began quilting, which I love.  I also like making handy things for myself, like most recently a padded laptop cover for my netbook.

How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get? I sew a lot, I usually go through phases of working daily on a project, finishing, then taking a long break, and coming back to do more projects.

Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name? I love my machine, its very powerful, I never have problems sewing through layers and layers of fabric.   I’m very happy with my machine, its a good all purpose sewing machine.  I don’t have name for my machine, because I think naming inanimate objects is dumb.

What features does your machine have that work well for you? My favorite feature is the automatic needle threader, so handy!

Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? I wish the arm was longer so it would be easier to quilt!

Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it! I have sewed through my index finger before, making a sock monkey!  I started sewing when I was laid off, with my mom’s old brother sewing machine.  I found that I really liked to sew and I was good at it, so I started making more and more ambitious projects like making quilted purses, and I kept breaking needles.  The machine stopped working, so I took it to get repaired, and found the timing had gotten messed up.  I got it fixed, and seriously less than a week later the same thing happened.  So instead of getting it fixed again, I just bought a new machine.

Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? Yes I would recommend because its a great all purpose sewing machine with a powerful motor to get through tough fabrics or many layers.  It has quite a few different stitches, and you can change the position the needle so it makes it easier sewing zippers or using special feet.

What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? I think it depends on the individual sewer, everyone has different things they find important.  For me, at the time I bought my sewing machine, I wanted something reliable and powerful, with a good variety of stitches and feet.   I will say that I feel trying the machine out before you buy it is extremely important, so you get a feeling of how it works and if its going to work for you.  I bought my sewing machine at a local sewing shop, not a big box store or online, so I was able to do this.  If I am going to be spending a lot of money, I want to be sure its what I wanted!

Do you have a dream machine? Now that I do more quilting, my dream machine would be a long arm quilting machine with a frame.  I tried one out at the IQF in Chicago, and I fell in love!  Too bad they are huge and cost thousands of dollars.  A girl can dream though!