Help! I finally have decided that my ancient ElnaSuper 62C needs to be retired permanently. I need to buy another sewing machine ASAP for some boating related work (I need to sew some flags for sail course markers). It’s been ages since I shopped for a sewing machine. I don’t even know what’s available anymore. (I’ve had the Elna since 1985, and it was the one I used during college theater costume making days.)
What I need a sewing machine to do:
– general sewing/hemming
– flag making
– canvas work: outdoor seat cushions, sails, sail covers, boat covers
– although I don’t have time to quilt anymore, basic machine piecing and quilting would be really nice
Oh, and of course, it must be able to do steeks and hem handwovens without trashing my hard work.
I want reliability (and some brand recognition), service, parts availability.
Please, please, please, send me your suggestions. I’m desperate. South Bay Opening Day is in 8 days. I NEED to have these flags done ASAP. I would like to buy a machine yesterday.
And let’s have a moment of silence for the Elna.