This is what Mr. Penney got me for Christmas (among other things.) Ain’t he sweet!
I did a fair amount of research on this before buying. When I originally asked for a sewing machine for Christmas, I did not anticipate the price we were going to pay for one. I figured a simple sewing machine that was in the $200 range would be it, but nooooooo. Because one of the main reasons that I wanted the machine was to sew hems in warp-face rugs, the machine need to be able to go through dense layers of fabric that the machines in that price range just could not handle. Believe me, I tried all of the machines at Sears, and not one of them could go through the sample weaving that I brought with me to each store. So I narrowed my search to these brands: Viking, Bernina, and Pfaff.
Of those, I chose the Pfaff Select 1538. One of the main reasons why I selected this machine was for the IDT, which is the equivalent of a built in walking foot, but without all of the bulk that a separate walking foot has. It also helps that the last few times that I sewed was on my mom’s Pfaff, so I was accustomed to its operation. We got a great price on it from Sew Unique. The people who work there really have a passion for what they do, which was actually a bigger decider in where the purchase was made.
I have made two things with the sewing machine and have had no problems whatsoever with it, though I don’t feel qualified yet to give a full review of it. If you are looking for some good reviews on sewing machines, I would recommend Pattern Review. Most of the reviews are user contributed, and some go into great detail. After reading through a number for each manufacturer, I had a pretty good idea of what to expect from each brand.
Soon, I will publish the examples of this beginning seamster’s (???) work.