Tuesday, June 9, 2009
sewing machine, part deux
I feel special to have two machines now!
What brand and model do you have?
This is a Morse Apollo 6200. A 1960s Japanese Singer knock-off made in a Toyota factory of all places.
How long have you had it?
a couple of months
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
I got it for $25 off of Craigslist. Plus gas to get to the suburbs. It may need a tune-up yet, we'll see.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
This one has not gotten much. I need to play it with some more and figure out the tension and some other things, but my thought was that it would be my secondary machine, for use in traveling. If I do get more into quilting though, I think this will be the one I go to for the fancier stuff as it's not as fast as the Singer and therefore easier to control in some ways.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
No name yet. Unless I just want to go with Raul--who, as the sticker on the neck says, serviced the machine at sometime. I don't love it yet. Well I do in a way, it's growing on me. It has funky little features that I love--the giant reverse push button, the light in the end of the arm
I hated it in a quilting class as the tension was wacky, but I'm figuring that out. It's actually built to handle double-needles so there are two tensions discs on the front and the bobbin case tension is all screwy too.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
See above, re: tension.
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!
No great story. Saw it on Craigslist, did a bit of research, decided to take a chance. The machine had obviously been stored for awhile as the plastic case was dirty and nasty, but the machine was clean as a whistle and looked like it had been used very recently.
I love my old Singer, she's very dear to me, and she sews great. But I've been wanting something that was more portable and had a built-in zig-zag stitch.