Look! Computerized Sewing Machines

Look! Computerized Sewing Machines

Mar 30, 2007

We like our gadgets and we like the idea of sewing, but we never realized that they could mix to the tune of about $8k's...but why not? Every other hobby has gadgets they can drop a load on, so why not sewing?

Somehow, we feel this goes against what sewing is often about: the ingenuity and ideas that make sewing your own curtains and home decor items worth it, because you'll save money.

Unless you're in it for the money. The rise of sites like etsy.com show that there is at least some money to be made by the average person--but is there enough reason to justify an $8k computerized sewing machine when there were some seemingly major issues in the reviews?

Wired magazine features a review of 4 different, high-end, computerized sewing machines:
• Bernina Artista 730E ($8,199); scored 8 out of 10
• Janome Memory Craft 11000 ($7,499); scored 7 out of 10
• Husqvarna Viking Designer SE ($7,500); scored 7 out of 10
• Baby Lock Ellegante ($7,999); scored 6 out of 10

Some of the great features (across all four machines) include: being able to "paint" with embroidery thread; never jamming needle threader; 12 extra programmable buttons for most-used functions; and, with a touch of one button, the needle is threaded for you.

Some of the not-so-great features (across all four machines) include: expensive ($2,000!) PC software for designing embroidery patterns; thread often shreds and snags; a clunky, rigid interface with horrible graphics; and on one, the pronounced motor vibration interferes with stitching at high speeds.

Do any of you drool over computerized sewing machines like these, or have experience with them? Any of you a budding home decorator who sews their client's decor pieces?

Photo from the Wired magazine review of computerized sewing machines.

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