Saturday, July 30, 2011

Dreaming of something new

I went to Central Sewing yesterday for my very first time - Awesome! I met Linda whom not only showed me the machines - she let me use them!! Did you know there is a machine that does "hand quilting". I put that in brackets as obviously it is not hand quilting if done by machine, but it does it - the look is perfection! That is all the machine does though - I cannot recall the brand name - but I promised Linda if I win the lottery - I was coming right back to buy that machine. ha ha ha

So, I have a crush on two machines. If any of you currently or previously owned these machines or one from the same brand name - can you please oh pretty please leave me a comment with your honest opinion regarding it?
OK, here are my new crushes:
Elna Excellence 740
Here is the Elna site for this machine - click here.
Husqvarna Sapphire 875
Here is the Husqvarna site for this machine - click here.
Feel free to drool, I did. I cannot believe she let me use both of them. I love the space of the Elna, quilting a larger quilt on this machine does not look as painful as it has been with my Phaff. My Phaff is brilliant for sewing - when its not on fire - ha ha, but it does not have any room to quilt anything bigger then a small blanket.
Central Sewing even allows a payment plan.
I am such a meanie - my Phaff is not even back from the sewing hospital and I am looking to replace it. I do feel a little guilty for dreaming of something new.
Poor little Phaff 2058.. ... So many stitches, 'tis a good machine, when its working, but look at the tiny space under the arm. I think if I do get a new machine - this will still be my retreat/class machine as it is fantastic for sewing blocks.



  1. I don't have experience with either of those 2 particular machines but my main sewing machine is a Husqvarna Freesia 425 that I bought 10 years ago. It's a workhorse and I LOVE it! I'll be very sad if it ever dies. Although it runs as good now as it did when I bought it so hopefully it'll be around for a long, long time.

    Good luck with your choice if you do end up buying a new one!

  2. Elna was bought out by Janome a while back. The Elna machines are essentially the same machines with all the same features as the Janome's, but at a lower price. I have a Janome, and have been nothing but happy with it since I bought it 4 years ago. I am so pleased with it, I bought my daughter one last year for her birthday.

    My sister in law has a Husqvarna, and she adores it. She has had it for at least 12 years and it works as well as the day she bought it. She did have a small repair on it this year, but it was the first time it had been to the shop for anything other than cleaning.

    I think if you went with either one, you would be very happy!

  3. I, too, heard that the Elna machines are now Janomes. I love my Janome and I am sure you will enjoy either one that you get.

  4. They both look great, the most important thing may be the throat lenght for freemotion quilting.