I’m not too good at keeping secrets – especially my own – but I’ve been keeping a couple and I’m ready to spill the beans! If you follow me on Instagram, you might already know this (see! I can’t keep anything a secret!) but I’ve added a couple (!!!!!) new sewing machines to my collection!
Back in January, my trusty entry-level Brother CS6000i sewing machine bit the dust and when I learned that it would cost more to fix it than buying the machine new again, I started researching machines.
I actually went into The Creative Needle, a local sewing shop and dealer, looking to test drive some semi-industrial machines, but I quickly learned that wasn’t exactly what I needed. While I was there Marge, the super knowledgable owner, showed me some Elna sewing machines. I test drove the Elna eXperience 620 and the Elna eXperience 660 and really liked how the machines sewed. But, I hadn’t heard of Elna before so I went home to research. There wasn’t too much on the blogs about it, so I went back and asked about a million questions. After a couple of visits and mulling over the decision, I bought the Elna eXperience 660 on Super Bowl Sunday!
What really set Elna apart for me was the quality of the machines. During my test drive, I sewed on some silk and leather that I brought in to see how the machine would handle it. I was really impressed with the quality of the stitches and how it could sew different types of fabrics with ease. I also loved the idea of the storage compartment being built into the sewing machine itself. Now that I’ve had the machine for a few months, I’m obsessed with that feature. I used to keep my feet in a separate container but now all my accessories store neatly into the machine and everything has a place. It’s so much easier now to find things and also keeps me from misplacing one of my feet as each one has a place!
A couple months after buying the Elna eXperience 660, Elna reached out to me about a partnership opportunity. Since I had already researched and bought an Elna, I knew it was a brand I could stand behind and would love to support. So, I joined their On Loan Program as an Elna Boutique Designer! As part of their program, they sent me the AMAZING Elna eXpressive 900 sewing and embroidery machine to use on loan. I’m a total newly to embroidery, so I’m really excited to start playing around with the embroidery features of the machine and share all about it here on my blog.
And, since I cleaned my sewing room to take these pictures, here are a couple glamour shots of the room. Isn’t she pretty all cleaned up? Sadly, it never stays this organized! Ha!
I’d love to know, what type of sewing machine do you have?