This machine is a Singer Inspiration 4228. It probably would've lasted longer if I were just using it to make things for myself, and I'd still recommend it to a beginner who isn't sure if they want to spend a lot of money on a machine. Anytime I had trouble with the machine doing something weird (as a lot of the Amazon reviews detail), I simply rethreaded it and it worked just fine. It lasted me two years of pretty intensive amounts of sewing.
I did take it to be repaired, but the repair would have cost nearly as much as I spent on the machine in the first place. Because I've been sewing a whole lot in the past seven months (and I intend to sew even more often in the future), it made more sense for me to buy a more durable machine.
This is my new sewing machine! It's pink, and it's a Brother Innov-is 40 (Project Runway Edition). This machine is so much quieter than my old one... my husband even commented that it no longer sounds like I'm jack-hammering the living room ceiling when I sew. The other big difference is that it allows me to control the sewing speed. The Singer's foot pedal would barely respond if I pressed it lightly and then jump ahead at full speed when I needed it to ease into the sewing. The Brother machine is not only easier to control via the foot pedal; I can choose the speed on a little slider and sew without even using the foot pedal, at exactly the speed I need it to.
I'm sure it can do a whole lot more things a whole lot more effectively, but I haven't had very much time or reason to explore those functions just yet. I'm very much looking forward to expanding what I can do with my sewing machine and learning to make even more cute things!
I made a video blog on my YouTube channel, devilishlypure, about the whole saga.
For those of you who have been nicely asking me to sell my tiny owl plushies online, you are in luck. Unfortunately, I was not expecting this major expense and I'm hosting a short sale on my online merchandise store next month to help me cover the costs of the machine. For 48 hours only, starting midnight eastern time on Friday, June 1st (my 24th birthday!), you'll be able to buy the little owl plushies I've been posting about on this blog for the past few months. The sale will take place at laurenfairweather.storenvy.com (not on my Etsy shop). You'll also be able to buy them in person at my shows on tour this summer, while supplies last. Check out the tour dates at laurenfairweather.com/shows.
I hope you're all doing well, enjoying this beautiful weather if you live in a place where it's as nice as it is here, and maybe I'll see you on tour this summer!