Thursday, November 17, 2011

Sort of Excited About My New Sewing Machine


When I left Vancouver a couple years ago I sold my sewing machine (along with almost everything else). I had bought it used off of craigslist for $65 and then two years later I sold it for $65. Awesome. It wasn't a fancy machine. Just a Kenmore that was probably 10-20 years old, but (more or less) it got the job done. It definitely struggled at times with some of the spots on the shoulder bags I made, but I wasn't expecting miracles.

So, now that I'm settled in a new place/life I was ready to invest in a new machine. I'm not proud of this, but I was just too lazy to go hunting for an used machine. It's not like I don't have time, I just didn't want to trek all over the city on the bus trying to find a machine that I liked. Anyway, I ended up doing a bunch of research online and decided on the Singer 4423. It did everything I wanted out of a machine and it got good reviews. I found it on sale and ordered one. It came last night and my first reaction is that it looks/feels cheap. I do like the style of the machine, but they used an abundance of plastic on this thing. In fact, almost everything that you see or touch is plastic. More specifically ABS. It's not just the fact that it's plastic, the parting lines (where the separate parts come together) are not very precise. The gaps aren't consistent and there are little steps all over the place. To be fair some of this probably comes from working in an industrial design studio where we nitpick every detail. My old Kenmore also used a lot of plastic, but the construction was much better. Plus most of the pieces that were touched had consistently better CMF (color/material/feel). I think almost all the knobs, wheels, levers, etc were steel. It just seems ironic that it's called "Heavy Duty" and nothing about it feels heavy duty. To be fair, it does sew things, which is obviously it's primary function, but I also haven't done more than a few test lines. I'm concerned about how it will handle the canvas and webbing I use on the bags I make. I also realize that you get what you pay for and this thing wasn't very expensive. The verdict is still out, but so far I'm not impressed...

2 comments:

Natha-Schnatha at Work! said...

So after sewing your curtains, would you say the machine is good?

geoff said...

It still feels a bit on the cheap side, but I had no problems at all with the curtains. I just bought some canvas to make a shoulder bag. That will be the real test.