Kim @KBCreations and Fiona @fionaT
Well I have spent every last penny in my piggybank! And now have no spending money for when we go to France next week.
But - I do have a nice shiny new sewing machine!
Went to Hobkirks at Blackburn this morning. Extremely helpful sales lady and salea man. Although the lady was an experienced dressmaker / tailor, she did not actually have a lot of experience in the different functions on the machines. The man was very knowledgeable about the machines but did not have much sewing experience! LOL
But between them they answered all my questions, were very helpful, very patient and let me try several different sewing machines. Made me a brew as well.
I tried the Bernina 1008S at £649 and to be honest didn’t actually like it much. The look of it to start with put me off. It looked quite old fashioned and there was not very much room to the right of the needle for the fabric to pass through.
I took a partly made up Harris Tweed kindle cover to check if it would sew through all the layers.
2 layers of Harris tweed both with fused interfacing on them, and one layer of bonded superliner (medium weight cotton fabric with fleece bonded to it) So 8 layers in all.
The Bernina couldn’t actually sew through the layers and jammed up quite quickly. It sounded and looked quite clunky.
It wasn’t easy to see how to change from straight stitch to zig-zag either, unlike my old Bernina Sport 802 which is about 25 years old, and will sew through the layers easily.
The only good thing was that is has a narrow free arm which I need for topstitching on the kindle covers.
Next I tried the Pfaff Ambition 1.00 IDT £599.
Very impressed, sounded and looked nice and sleek. Took all the layers very easily, especially with the IDT engaged, which makes it into a Walking Foot, to feed through the bottom and top layers equally.
No pulling, bunching or problems. The stitches stayed nice and even. It has lots of fancy stitches as well as several untility ones. Most of which I will never use.
The freearm is just about narrow enough for my smallest gadget cover, so that’s ok.
It has a tie off function at the beginning and end of stitching, so you don’t need to reverse backwards and forwards to lock the threads. Very useful once I got the hang of it.
I wanted to try to Pfaff Ambition 1.5 IDT but they had sold the last one and it is now discontinued.
So I tried the next step up - Pfaff Quilt Ambition 2.00 IDT at £749.
I wasn’t very keen on it. It sound noisy but took the layers nicely with the IDT engaged.
The screen is a touch screen and it has a lot more fancy stitches than the Pfaff Ambition 1.00.
But it is not worth the extra £150, well, not to me anyway.
I also tried two different Husqvana Opals. Neither of them could handle the layers at all. The just bunched up and pulled and did not stitch them nicely at all.
So I have bought the Pfaff Ambition 1.00 IDT machine at £599 and paid an extra £85 for Hobcare, which gives me an additional 5 years no quibble parts and labour warranty with Hobkirks.
So altogether it has 7 years parts and labour warranty. I have to take it back to them if it needs repairs but that’s not a problem, Blackburn is not far from Preston and they have a nice big car park at the back of the shop.
It has a good hard case with it too. But I have had to buy some new bobbin spools. It’s not happy with the standard ones and they were a bit expensive at £8 for 10.
It does take standard flat backed needles though.
I like the way the top lifts up and there is a list of stitches and when it is closed it will help to keep the cotton dust out, while sewing.
Here are some pictures.
I have made up 4 bag linings with it so far and all seems good.