I can't help you (just wait a while and someone will!) but I did want to
welcome you to the group...
Do you like chocolate ;-)
Good luck with the project... it sounds wonderful!
in The Netherlands
I'll make this quick as I can and am grateful for any suggestions/ideas.
I am a collage artist who has worked in paper or digital for years and now
want to explore the possibilities in fabric collage (perhaps the genes from
my late mom, a brilliant wizard with the Sewing Machine, have kicked in).
I want to produce a combination of photo transfer, applique, etc etc -- and
these will be (1) framed or (2) wall*** with a minimum amount of
batting. I'm stuck because I need a sewing machine to do the job and know
what I want -- drop feed dogs, ability to do basic stitches, etc. At this
point, my work won't use decorative stitching to, let's say, top off a
mountain or a form in the picture -- I'm content to let the fabric speak for
Options I've discovered in the town I'm in:
(1) Down Home that I liked, but the store that sold it had NO clue how to
deal with a problem while under warranty -- and no one in town will work on
one as an authorized service center unless you bought it from them. Down
Home/Janome website is no help -- only product I've seen that doesn't list
regional or approved service centers.
(2) An Elna 1010 or thereabouts that I liked ok at a small shop that does
it's own repairs and offers lessons on how to use that machine, if they get
one back in stock.
(3) A Pfaff Select 1530 that was pricey -- $725 -- but sewed like a dream,
also in a small shop that does its own repairs. Can find NOTHING in the
newsgroups from anyone who actually uses a Pfaff Select, but I do like the
dual feed system. Lessons included.
(4) A Kenmore from S**RS where I could have shot off bottle rockets and not
gotten the attention of a clerk.
(5) A Singer that had "Scholastic" as the identifying model on the front
demonstrated by a wonderful old guy (meaning older than I am) who had the
thread break 3 times during the demo -- not able to find a thing on it
anywhere either. Lessons included.
(6) A small used shop selling 1970 era Kenmore for $80 with a year warranty
and a promise of all the questions I can ask.
(7) Another small shop selling a Singer from the same era for $80.
Anyway, that's where I am and I'd love any suggestions. I've been looking
all over town for quite a while and am eager to just get started on the
projects that are dancing around in my head.