Janul's new overlocker (and Janul herself) reminded me I have not shown you my new sewing machine yet.
So here she is, in all her baby chubbiness and baby colours.
She's even a baby compared to the Lucznik. The Lucznik did not have a name; it was the one and only sewing machine I knew, and it was so mechanical and so well-worn that it did not need a name; it had a personality on its own: a bit too stubborn but a hard worker (and while we're at it, it's a he). But then this shiny smooth new thing came along and needed a name to fit in. So it became Ema.
Ema, because Ema is a favourite name with alphabet book writers, and she's such a baby.
Ema is a Singer Tradition 2259. The "tradition" part is rather ridiculous, but I'm not complaining. It probably means it's not computerised; that, for me, means it's very similar to the Lucznik (which, mother tells me, was pretty much an Eastern block Singer knockoff). So using it is quite intuitive for me. AND the bobbins are interchangeable.
Sadly, the feet are not. Ema has flashy modern snap-on feet. Like, you know, ballet flats. Lucznik's feet are screw-on, strurdier; like combat boots. Thus, unfortunately, Ema cannot do the gathering that was a blast with one of the Lucznik's feet. And Lucznik's zipper foot is much better than Ema's.
But Ema's got a scallop stitch.
Lucznik's backstitching was much easier. The "lever" held in place on its own. You need to hold Ema's "lever" in place yourself, and you kind of wish you had three or four hands when you do that.
But Ema is portable.
And sewing sleeves on Ema is MUCH easier. And since I insist on having sleeves on my clothes...
Nice! And, nice that the bobbins are interchangeable, too - that's big.ReplyDelete
It definitely makes life easier!Delete
My sister named her clarinet. How fun!ReplyDelete
It makes it easier to relate to a machine if you name it! And perhaps easier to get used to an instrument, too?Delete
It's adorable! Does this mean we are going to see lots of new makes?? ;-)ReplyDelete
Well... maybe. I'm still a slow sewist. But some action will definitely take place. :-)Delete
I'm tacking this on to MrsC's comment, because she should recognise Ema - Ema's sister comes to my beginners sewing classes :-) She's a good little machine.
I think Ema makes a good beginner machine; better than the old Lucznik which, in its mechanical-ness, seems more overwhelming (though in essence they're very similar). One of the reasons why I call her Ema. :-)Delete
Oh, wow! I think I forgot - was it a gift? I cannot remember how did this machine find its way into your house! Anyway, I hope you have fun with it. Also, I´ve heard old Luczniks are great, so maybe you should keep both machines... I have Singer too, but older one, from 2003.ReplyDelete
It was a mistake. :D Meant as a wedding gift for my sister, but as a result of... let's call it bad family logistics... she got two, so this one's mine now.Delete
We're definitely keeping the Lucznik. It's great, but not as great as the previous, nearly identical one that got swapped with this one we have now... again, bad family logistics. Two sisters (mom and aunt), two Luczniks in a repair shop. ;-) This "new" one is somehow more stubborn than the old one was.