As was recommended to me by Jessica at Sewn (heeeeeeeey!), I went to Luke's in Blue Ash to see if they could help a girl out. Dude, Nadine at Luke's could NOT have been nicer! She was friendly, helpful and wore jingle bell earrings. I kinda wanted to have coffee and cookies wtih her but that would have been weird. Anywho, looooooooong story short it's going to cost $90 (+ any parts that may or may not be needed) to fix my little guy. Since it cost around $200 when I started sewing three years ago, it hardly seems worth it.
So, bloggie friends, I'm in a pickle! I am in need of purchasing a new sewing machine but haven't a clue where to start! I bought my last one at Sears because it had the name Martha Stewart on it and, despite her man hands, she's kinda the shizzle. Anywho, needless to say, I really don't know what I'm doing when looking for a new machine. Can y'all help me out? What machine do you use? What machines are so lovely you want to send them Christmas cards in December?
Here are a couple that Nadine recommended (note: Luke's offers 50% off sewing machines when you trade your old one in, even if it's broken. say WHAT.)
Elna 340 (replacing the discontinued Elna 2800); $400 at Luke's, after the trade in discount.
Elna 3230; $699 at Luke's, after the trade-in discount. Nadine said it would last me for life. At that price, it better make me waffles every morning too.
I've also heard murmurs about the Oh, Brother (ok, that's not really their name...) sewing machines. Anybody have experience with those? What about Janome? I'm feeling a bit drawn to buying from Luke's because they offer a free lesson in how to actually work the machine (instead of fudging your way through it like I did) but when the most economical is a whopping $400, I have to wonder if there are other options that are equal in quality and durability but not so hard on the pocketbook.
So... whatcha think? Help a girl out!!! I've got a week off at Christmas to sew (and nap and watch movies and eat carbohydrates) but I need a new machine to do it with! :)
PS- On a COMPLETELY unrelated note, take a look at the inspiring message on Tricia's blog today. Don't we all need that reminder?! I know I do, especially after yesterday... thanks for sharing, t.Dawg. :)