I'm still a little queasy from dropping this much money all at once, but I finally caved and replaced my sewing machine.
My old Brother CS6000i went on the fritz several months ago and so for the past few months I've been saving my pennies and using my Grandmother's machine. Alas, she finally needed it back so I took the plunge.
I headed to my local Brother dealer (Anna's Sewing Center... I highly recommend them, they were lovely) with my broken machine in tow, hoping that maybe, just maybe, they could fix my old machine with a simple (and cheap?) solution. But my hopes were dashed when they told me that a repair would run at least $100. Now, maybe it's just me, but it seems silly to spend over $100 to repair a machine that I originally picked up for about $120 at Walmart. So I decided to peruse the merchandise...
It took me about 20 seconds to decide to purchase the Brother Innov-is NX-250. I think I was really sold when it sewed through 7 layers of heavy denim just as easily as a single layer of felt, and did so with not only perfectly even stitches but without having to adjust the tension. Gorgeous.
I spent a good portion of last night playing with my new toy and trying out all the different stitches and feet that come with the machine. I love the automatic needle threading feature. I sort of wish my thread would break so I have an excuse to use it again. I like having the start/stop button available, especially for winding bobbins. I think my old machine may have had that feature but I never used it.
My favorite part of this machine so far though is the lovely hum it makes. It sounds so effortless and industrious. My old sewing machine (and to a lesser extent Grandma's) always sounded so horribly tortured.
After a few months of use I'll probably write up a full review of the machine but for now I can't be objective as I'm still too excited! Nothing to do now but count down the minutes until the workday ends so I can get back home and get sewing!