My Sewing Machine Journey

Join me in this chatty video, grab a cup of tea and learn all about my Sewing Machine Journey. I chat about the sewing machines that I have used (or owned) in my life. Why I have felt the need to upgrade, or purchase a new sewing machine and story behind it.

Here is my collection:

My Mum’s Husqvarna Viking (Made in Sweden). This machine is 30+ years old, it is the machine I learned to sew on and it is still working today!

I needed to purchase my own sewing machine when I was at University. I decided to purchase a Husqvarna (because I had used my mother’s), and bought the Husqvarna Viking Emerald 118. This machine is now 10 years old and is still working beautifully. I love the Husqvarna Emerald machines and I think they offer a lot of positives for the price point. I now own 4 of the Emerald Series machines (three 116’s and one 118). I bought these machines when I starting teaching in person sewing classes in 2013. I decided to purchase more of the 116 model because of the cheaper price point, and when purchasing three machine, the price difference adds up!

Personally I like the electronic foot pedal that comes with the Emerald 118; but that is the only major positive in my opinion. The 118 also has a speed control function, more stitches and a needle up and down button.

I left the fashion industry and started by my own fashion range in 2011. I wanted a quality machine that would provide me with a perfect straight stitch on the majority of fabrics, as well as speed and accuracy. I felt that I had outgrown the Husqvarna Emerald 118, having used industrial sewing machines at University I felt that an industrial machine would provide me with the speed, accuracy and quality I was after. The price point also appealed, I was able to purchase a used industrial machine for £500 (this included delivery, set-up and tuning by a mechanic). I used the industrial to create sample garments and make bespoke clothing for customers.

The downside to an industrial machine is that they generally only do one thing; my machine only offered a straight stitch. So when I wanted to use a zigzag, a blind hem, a buttonhole, I had to use my Husqvarna Emerald 118, which had limitations. For example the buttonhole and blind hem wasn’t really good enough for me to use on clients work; I mainly hand sewed the hems and had my buttonholes done by a professional buttonhole machine in London.

I was sewing more lingerie and swimwear and wanted greater ability to adjust my zigzag stitches, especially the 3-step zigzag. The Husqvarna Emerald 118 does not allow the 3-step zigzag width and length to be adjusted.

The requirement for a quality domestic machine had been going on for a long time, but I needed to save up. I wanted a fancy, all singing, all dancing machine that would also allow me to do embroidery. I decided on a Bernina sewing machine, simply because I was always impressed with the Bernina machines customers brought to my classes. I also knew that I wanted a 7-series machine, I wanted the larger space that the 7-series machines provided, partly because I was used to sewing on an industrial machine.

I visited a number of stores to decide on the model that I wanted to purchase, at the time there were 3 models in the 7-series: 720, 770 and 790. After testing the machines I knew that I wanted a machine with dual-feed, I personally really recommend this feature. Dual-feed is like having a walking foot built into the sewing machine, it provides even feed and the dual-feed function allows you to use this with a variety of different presser feet. Amazing! After debating my options I decided on the Bernina 790 and that is the sewing machine I use on a day-to-day basis now. A wonderful machine, yes it was super expensive, but I enjoy every minute I spend on it!

I really hope you liked this chatty video format, getting to know a bit more about me? As always, thanks for watching.