It's an Elna Experience 520. Isn't it gorgeous! :) (I apologise for the rubbish photo, and now it's too dark to take a better one.)
I got it on Friday from the Singer Sewing Centre in Belfast. You may recall a few weeks ago I said my sewing machine had thrown a wobbly. I really wasn't sure if I'd be able to get it fixed because it's so old.
Well, the stars came into alignment re the funding for a new one. It took me a few days to actually realise this, and an awful lot of, "are you mad, get a new sewing machine!", from Mr BB and my Dad. Cue lots of internet research, and I came up with this.
The people in the shop were fantastic. They sat me down and showed me all the features, I was sewing through nine (yes, nine) layers of denim one second, and one layer of chiffon the next, and the machine didn't try to eat the fabric! I was in the shop for about an hour. and they told me if I have any problems with it, or am not sure about anything on it, just to call in.
For local readers, they also sell lots of sewing notions, It's So Easy sewing patterns, and yarn. The yarn was mostly Stylecraft and Robin. There was some gorgeous purple Stylecraft DK, but I was strong.
Want a closer look?
Stitches 1-4 are straight stitches, 3 and 4 have a long and a short backstitch.
5 is a triple stitch which can be used for top-stitching, or as a reinforcing stitch.
6 is a stretchy stitch for sewing on the bias - there's an example further down.
7 is a fancy top-stitch
8 is a zig-zag stitch
16-21 are the buttonhole stitches (more on them further down)
22 is a darning stitch
23 is a bartack
The symbol below 21-23 is for the speed control, which is the white slider at the bottom. "Slow" is the tortoise (which it's at in this photo), slide it along, and "fast" is the hare.
9 is a 3-step zig-zag stitch
10-12 are overlocking stitches
13 and 14 are blind hem stitches
15, 24 - 30 are decorative/satin stitches
The screen shows which stitch has been selected, and the buttons change the stitch width and length, and select the most commonly used stitches.
The bobbin sits in front of the foot, and the bobbin cover is clear so you can see how much thread you have left - genius.
This handy gadget cuts the threads.
To change the foot, you push this black thingy towards the needle, and the foot just falls off! To put on a foot, you set it beneath the foot arm, lower the foot lever, and it snaps into place. Not a pair of pliers in sight!
This threads the needle - amazing!
Here's what came with it - from the top left
3 white disks and red felt circle for keeping the thread spool on the holder
The silver thingy is a screw driver
The green rectangle is a packet of needles
3 different feet (more below)
Extra thread spool holder
The 3 feet are -
A zipper foot
An overcast foot
A satin stitch foot