I have several sewing machines at my house, and I’ve been sewing for a couple of years now, so I figured it was time I write a review for you of my machines. The first machine I’ll be reviewing is the one I’ve had the longest, about 3 years. It’s a Singer Quantum 2623, which is a hand-me-down from my husband’s grandmother.
A new Singer Quantum model would cost between $400-$500 depending on the specific model you chose to purchase and the accessories that came with it. The new models are all computerized, with digital displays, while mine is more “old school”, working with knobs and dials.
I generally use this machine as my workhorse. Over the years it has been my go to machine for quilting, clothing construction and repairs, handbags and home decor projects. I literally use it for everything with fabric. This machine gets used on a daily basis, and as long as I take it in for regular maintenance every 6-8 months (and use the right needles for the project), it continues to work miracles.
I love that even though it isn’t a high end, fancy name brand machine, it it able to do just about everything I could ever want it to do. The machine has 20+ utility and decorative stitches, including a button hole, zig-zag, and blanket stitch. The only reason I could come up with needing more stitches is if I chose to do all of the detail work for my crazy quilts on the machine.
Honestly, the only thing the machine doesn’t have that I would like on a machine is a low bobbin warning. And that’s just because I don’t pay enough attention and sometimes run entire seams through the machine before I realize that I haven’t sewn an inch.
While you can no longer buy this particular machine new, if you see one at a yard sale, or on eBay, the machine is definitely worth a second look. Mine has been very good to me. And, who doesn’t love a machine that can take on almost any project you throw at it (I’m looking at you Weekender Bag in Moleskin!)? If I ever need to replace it, I would start by looking at the new Singer Quantum machines. They come with 600 built in stitch variations, an automatic thread cutter, and an up/down needle feature – still no low bobbin notification, but I can live with that.
What is your go to sewing machine? How often do you use it?
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