Hi - My sewing machine has one fatal flaw that is beginning to bug me more and more. The presser foot doesn't stay put, as in lined up straight. It wiggles and lets the fabric yank it off-center. Any tricks or tips for that would be awesome!!!!
Meanwhile, I am wondering if you had an endless well of cash (Ha ha ha!), what machine would you buy and why?
I have an older Singer sewing machine (1998) that does heavy fabric and stretch fabric and has 18 stitches. The presser foot is annoying, but otherwise the machine works.
A friend is letting me borrow a White serger indefinitely. (Her DH gave it to her and she doesn't have the heart to tell him she never wanted it. She won't sell it nor use it, so letting someone borrow it indefinitely was her answer.) It is decent enough, but I have broken dozens of needles on it. It came with a VHS tape (yes, really) and I watched it over and over and over again. We ditched our VCR and DH digitized the tape for me. LOL
A different friend is letting my DD (10) borrow her Brother sewing machine indefinitely. (She never uses it and feels better knowing she is helping my DD, whom she adores.) When I was helping DD set it up for a class she attended a few months in a row (once a month basic sewing class with her bff), I discovered how nice the presser foot is compared to mine! It is a LOT easier to maintain straight seams with a presser foot that holds the fabric down firmly and stays positioned straight/plumb/lined-up (whatever you want to call it)!!!!!
Now, DD is going to camp and she wanted to embroider her name on everything. I hand-stitched her initials or first name (depending on the item), but it reminded me I have always wanted an embroidery machine.
I have three machines cluttering up a small room, but I only technically own one. I can return two to their proper owners, but we are actually using them all. Are there any good multi-function machines out there now?
Also, for someone who actually sews a variety of items/fabrics and wants to embroider, overlock stitch, quilt, etc., what is the "ideal" combination of machines?