It's Sewing Machine Month at Sew Mama Sew . As part of it, they are hosting a Sewing Machine Meme, so I thought I would join, since their site has been very inspiring to me.
What brand and model do you have?
Ideal Star Automatic
How long have you had it?
My mom bought it somewhere in the 70's, I learned to sew on it when I was about 14, later when I wanted to sew (about 6 years ago), my mom gave me the machine, since she had a newer one.
How much does that machine cost (approximately)?
I have no idea how much it cost then, but I see some similar ones on the internet going for 40-50 Euros.
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)?
Mostly clothing for my family, some smaller home dec projects.
How much do you sew? How much wear and tear does the machine get?
I can't say daily, but it is in use almost every week, if not for sewing, then for mending.
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? Does she have a name?
I do like it, since I am familiar with it. I can't say that I am passionate, because it causes me troubles sometimes. It doesn't like fine materials and can not sew slowly. But I am thankful for it. No, she doesn't have a name =)
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
I like that the machine is sturdy and metal. That there are several places to adjust tension. That I can adjust width and length of the stitch precisely as I want.
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine?
Yes, as I mentioned above, that it can't sew slowly, I think the problem might be with the foot pedal though. Also that it is very bad with sheer and thin fabrics. But it sews through any thick fabric like a horse.
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree? Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? We want to hear it!
This machine had been dropped several times, since the carrying case was plastic and the handle was on the lid. This happened to my mom a few times and for a while the machine didn't want to sew at all, then it was sewing crazy stitches and all the special stitches were messed up. But were were finally able to fix it and now it has been working for me for several years without acting up crazy.
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why?
It's pretty old, so there is a small possiblity anyone would find a machine like this. But if one would find one in an attic somewhere and it would be still in good condition, it will probably sew great, as it is built well.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
I hope to get a new machine someday. I would definitely want one that is built well, has some basic stitches (but extras would be welcome as well), one that has adjustable speed and not have lot of jazz, rather be reliable.
Do you have a dream machine?
I don't know yet. I haven't seen any of the newer machines from top brands up close and have only recently started looking at some features online. I definitely know that I don't want a cheap one, if I ever save up enough money. Probably an Singer or an Elna.