Posts Tagged ‘frank nutt’

machine envy

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I’ve had a bit of machine envy recently.  Whilst buying needles at Frank Nutt I saw the new, all singing all dancing Bernina 830.  Just a mere £6,500 buys you this very expensive toy.  It has an electronic switch to lift the sewing foot up and down and a really long arm.  No manual lifting of levers here or squashing fabric under the arm.

To be fair I wouldn’t really want one as if I was going to spend that kind of money on a sewing machine I’d be better off with an industrial one.

It does make me think who would buy these type of machines - they’re not made for professionals and they’re quite expensive for hobbyists. I also have a bit of a problem with the automated aspect of these computerised machines.  Is it really you embroidering that picture if you set a machine to do it?

Whilst on the subject of machine envy I went charity shopping on Friday and went past a drycleaners and alteration shop in Harborne.  They had miniature machines as a window display.  They are really beautiful and they actually work

I have my own miniature sewing machine which actually works.  It was a birthday present a couple of years ago and it has pride of place on our record shelves.  I think I want to decorate my studio with more of these.  They’re slightly more affordable than the Bernina 830 and probably more of an inspiration.

sewing machine

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Disaster has struck - with only 2 weeks to go until Mid Century Modern show my trusty Bernina sewing machine has broken down.  AAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

Cue desparate trips to Frank Nutt and a lot of nervous worrying about when my trusty steed will be back in working order.  The power supply has been replaced but it hasn’t solved the problem of it turning itself off without any notice.

It’s very strange - I’ve never had any problems with the machine before.  In fact it is exactly that reason that I bought a Bernina instead of a Janome.  Bernina’s are just work horses that keep on going.

So until it can be fixed I’m relying on my spare machine - a Brother which is defying its previous status as unreliable and working well.  Fingers crossed it stays that way until my Bernina comes back.