I bought my serger (3 spool, the 4 spools didn't come out until MUCH later) in 1988. It is the same model my Mom had and bought new a few years earlier for much more money. Mine was used but I think whoever bought it never actually used it. The store put me on a payment plan, since I was in college and $300 was a huge amount of money. I think I paid $50 a month for 6 months and I don't think they charged interest. Probably because my Mom spent so much money there they gave me a break.
Both machines are Bernina's with all metal parts. They have not needed any work, except for the replacement of the part that holds the thread on the serger in the 18 years I have owned them. I asked a lady at Joann's that works in the sewing machine section how the basic machines would compare to my older "basic" Bernina. She said it was like comparing a Mercedes to a Yugo.
I sewed a lot in college & grad school. Especially in grad school when I worked at Hancock Fabrics. I don't sew as much as I'd like for a few of reasons.
1. I have nowhere to leave the machines set up.
2. I get too much help from the kids.
3. There is no money saving in sewing. It is a hobby. Ok...I did save money on the curtains I made for our formal living room but they were still not cheap to make!
4. Knitting is portable and doesn't take up a lot of space.
I think I will make another couple of bags this week and not mess with getting the serger out because they are "relative" patterns and I will eventually cover the seams with a nice top stitched seam.I finished sock #1 this morning and will start on Sock #2 this afternoon or while I stand in line at Best Buy to get our new PC. That place always has a line, even if you have pre-ordered and paid for the darned thing!
Why yes, this sock does seem GI-NORMOUS but I have have big feet and it fits fine. I do think part of it is the fact that this is pretty heavy sock yarn.
The kitchener stitch turned out fantastic. Can't even see the join. Thanks Knitting Help.
On my foot! Not showing a side view because my ankle looks the size of a small compact car.
I can tell you they are REALLY SLIPPERY on the laminate. I had it on to show David and it was a slip/slide event.
He looked at it and said I could have bought a PAIR for $1 at the store. Yep, I could, but it is the knitting process! ;)