Lately I’ve been growing more and more frustrated with my inability to find some basic products that are exactly what I want. For example, I’ve been wanting to make the switch over to cloth napkins, but none of the napkins I find in the store are what and I want. Then I came across this tutorial to make your own reusable sandwich wraps. I would love to have some of these. That’s when I decided that it was time for me to learn to sew again.
It has been many, many years since I have sewn anything on a sewing machine. I have done the occasional mending or button sewing by hand, but nothing on a machine since middle school or so. As a result, I feel like I’m starting all over again and I’m having a hard time picking a machine. There are so many out there and the amount of features on these machines are unbelievable. But I don’t feel like I need a lot of features. I just want to be able to do some basic sewing, things for around the house, clothes for my daughter and so forth.
Right now I’m leaning towards getting the Viking Emerald 116. It doesn’t do a lot of fancy stuff which suits me fine. It is a little more then we wanted to spend, but I would rather get a quality machine up front. Does anyone have any experience with this machine? Or even recommendations for other basic sewing machines that are affordable? I want something that will last for years and not have lots of problems. I’d also prefer that the machine be easy to use since I haven’t sewn in so long.
I’m looking forward to trying my hand at sewing again. My plan is to start with some basic items like handkerchiefs and cloth napkins. Hey, you really can’t any more basic then sewing a square. Then I’ll move on to some more fun projects. I’m excited to be able to make things the way I want them and with the materials I want.
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