Sewing machines

I recently purchased my third sewing machine, and prior to this, I did a little research. I wanted a small machine that I could take away with me when I go to Spain or elsewhere, and that also had to be able to zig-zag stitch, for reasons that will become obvious soon.

At this stage, there are some things that you should know.

Up until now, all of my sewing has been done on one of two machines. There is my 1957 Singer 15k treadle, and that seems very old until I tell you that the other machine is a 1930 Jones family CS. Each does a straight lockstitch, and each can have the stitch length adjusted, and that is it. (I should note however, that the Jones will do that straight lockstitch through absolutely anything. I think the record is five layers of heavy canvas, one of leather, and two of a light polycotton, all at once) The Singer has a zipper foot, and a few hemming feet, a ruffler, and various other bits. Naturally this leaves me incapable of effectively sewing stretch fabrics, which is one of the reasons I bought the new machine, but on those two machines, I have made everything that I have made up until I got the new machine. So you can imagine my surprise when, upon reading a review of my new Janome (I decided on the Janome sew mini, now no longer produced), I saw this:

“Con: Only does 10 different stitches.”

As I have said, I wanted a machine that could stitch in zigzags for stretch fabrics. I figured that, with adjustable stitch length, two stitches would be good for pretty much everything. So this aroused my curiosity, and after a little searching, I discovered that it is pretty hard to find a machine with less than 40 stitches, and all too easy to find one with well over 100. I realise that these stitches are often solely decorative, but is anyone ever going to use all 400ish stitches offered by the Janome MC 11000?

The odd thing, though, is that in spite of my scepticism, I still kind of want one.

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