Here are my answers below.
What brand and model do you have? Kenmore 1357 in a cabinet table.
Good ol' Susie- what a gal!
How long have you had it? Since Christmas of 1978
How much does (did) that machine cost (approximately)? $195.00
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc.)? Draperies, pillows, mending, crafts & use to sew clothing my children.
How much do you sew? Not as much as I want. About once a month now.
How much wear and tear does the machine get? Use to get A LOT!!
Do you like/love/hate your machine?Are you ambivalent? Passionate? I still love the old gal!
Does she have a name? I use to call her Susie because my husband use to call me "Susie Homemaker"
What features does your machine have that work well for you? All of them- I especially love that it still zigzags well!!
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? That I don't have a drop arm.
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! My youngest daughter had been sewing on it the summer before she started college and she & a girlfriend broke the tension dial. So after letting it sit broken for a few years I finally found a shop to repair it. When my husband picked it up and brought it home, I cried. It has so many memories attached to it from sewing for my girls when they were younger, that I just lost it! I was so happy to have it back.
Would you recommend the machine to others? If it were still being made, yes.
Why? It is so easy to use. And such a good machine.
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine?
Ease of use, durability, made of steel rather than plastic, good reputation, not so many features that the price is out of hand, just good- realistic features.
Do you have a dream machine? One that could sew all by itself?! Just kidding. No I haven't been on the market for one lately, but if I had the opportunity to get a new one, I would love to have one that does a great job finishing edges and does embroidery. If you look closely you can see my own marking lines I use to follow while I do LONG drapes or trying to keep pillows straight. The blue tape is to keep the glare of the lamp light from bouncing back in my eyes.