4 Sewing Machine Reviews With Karly of Paisly Roots

I’m so excited to introduce Karla of Paisley Roots! She is here sharing a bit about all the machines she uses to create her amazing projects! By the way, if you (like me) find yourself wanting to organize your sewing space like Karla has, she has an awesome post all about her sewing space!


 

Hey Palak! Here’s my review on my 4 machines that I’ve owned. Thank you so much for having me!!

Hey! I’m here to talk about my sewing machines today and show off my small sewing area.

Lets start with the questions!

1. What brand and model Machine do you have, and how long have you had it? Can you show us a picture?

I have had 4 machines. White, Brother LX2500, Janome 644D Serger, and my newest machine, Babylock Elizabeth.

I’d like to start off with the first machine I was given. It was a super cheap White from Walmart.
Although cheap, this baby taught me how to sew. I made my first baby blanket, first crib set, first dress, first Halloween costume….you get the idea.
2. Are there any features that you love about your machine? Is there anything that makes you want to throw your machine out the window?
With this machine I had plenty of moments I wanted to throw it out the window. It didn’t have a lot of stitch options and it was just very very basic, but I did learn to sew on it and it was cheap so I really can’t complain.
3. If your machine suddenly disappeared– what would you look for in a new machine?
Automatic threader, more stitch functions, longer lasting.
4. Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give her?
In all honesty, probably not. I don’t even think you CAN buy this machine anymore….

It lasted me 9 years of sewing and although it’s been about 2 years that it’s been shelved, I can’t bring myself to get rid of it. After reading Simple Simon’s Blinged out machine post and seeing it at SNAP, I think I may have a good solution for it!

As for shopping advice, Do Your Homework! Figure out your budget and what functions you want in a machine and then research all the machines in that price range.

1. What brand and model Machine do you have, and how long have you had it? Can you show us a picture?

The next machine I got was a Brother LX2500. I’ve used this machine for around 18 months.
2. Are there any features that you love about your machine? Is there anything that makes you want to throw your machine out the window?
 I also absolutely love the fact that my buttonhole is manual with this machine and I actually revert to it whenever I have to do buttonholes. I know many love their automatic buttonhole, but I love full control over that.
It came with 7 feet which most I really haven’t ever used. (I know….I need to bite the bullet here.)
It has a few more stitch options that I didn’t have available with my White machine, but I still didn’t get a lot.
My biggest complaint is that if I want my stitching totally straight, I have to go S L O W. Actually, slower than that…..think snail.
 
4. Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give her?
If my friend had a very minimal budget I would recommend it to them.
Don’t think for a second that the items you can make with this machine would be second class. I’ve heard a lot of people say before how “if I only had a better machine…..”. Simply not the case. Better machines make our lives as seamstresses easier (MUCH easier) but you can still create beautiful and long lasting items from the cheap ones.
1. What brand and model Machine do you have, and how long have you had it? Can you show us a picture?

About 3.5 years ago my brother found me an awesome deal on a Janome (pronounced Ja-gnome-ee, but I just can’t bring myself to say it that way) Mylock 644D  on Craigslist. I really can’t believe I’ve had it that long!

2. Are there any features that you love about your machine? Is there anything that makes you want to throw your machine out the window?
I love everything about my serger. It changed my world. No more zig zag stitching or trying to finagle a way to make my seams all pretty. I do have the option to make a rolled hem, but I really just use it to serge my edges.
I’ve never sewn on a serger that has an air threader (I think that’s what they’re called?) so I am going to stay blissfully ignorant to having to manually thread my machine.
Really though, I love my serger.
 
4. Would you recommend this machine to your best friend? Is there any other advice about sewing machine shopping that you would give her?
I would absolutely recommend this serger to my friends. I haven’t had any issues with it and I just love it….in case I haven’t mentioned that already…..
And that brings me to my last and final machine.
This was the first year that SNAP held a sewing room and Babylock provided all the machines. Then at the end of SNAP they gave everyone an incredible deal on those machines….
I could not turn that deal down!

So I now have a Babylock Elizabeth that I have owned for 11 days…it has been magical!

I have sewn quite a bit on it since getting home and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the automatic threader, how easy it is to wind the bobbin, how even my stitches are even at full galloping speed.
The buttonhole option is automatic, so it scares me a little and I haven’t tried that yet.
I’m also super stoked about the knit stitch!

And I almost forgot, my most favorite feature?? The fact that the thread is hidden from little hands to grab! Seriously you guys, that is a BIG deal!

So those are my machines.
Here’s also a little crazy fact about me.
The majority of my 11 years of sewing I have sewn on the floor.

You can start rubbing your backs in imaginary pain just thinking of it. It’s just always worked out better for me.Now the whole, “thread hidden from little hands” is taking on a new meaning, am I right?

Anyways, the ground was fine for my cheap machines, but we’re talking about a Babylock here. That needed an actual table to be set on.
I know this post isn’t supposed to be about sewing spaces, but I’m so excited about my little space and my new machine that I couldn’t help but show it off.

The space I have to work with is a 6′ by about 3′ space in our dining room.

5. What is your favorite that you made with your current sewing machine?
I’ve made some things with my newest machines, but those aren’t scheduled to post yet, so you get some of my favorite things from my last machine!

 


Oh no! I can’t wait to see all those projects that Karly has made with her new machines! Here are a few of my favorite projects of hers, that you can see on her blog right now.  She has an amazing talent for picking fabrics and designing with patterns.

 

First is this absolutely adorable baby outfit!

This gorgeous entry for Project Run and Play with her self drafted Juniper Trench coat.

And this self designed Saffron Twirl Dress! This is part of the Sew Fab Bundle that you can also purchase on her site. I love this fabric so much!

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