It is sewing machine month at Sew,Mama,Sew!. If you want to participate in the sewing machine meme post go here. They are also doing givaways so look for those as well.
What brand and model do you have? I actually have two sewing machines. The one that I use is a Brother xl - 2600 i but I also have an old Kenmore cabinet model that I got at a garage sale for $10... but I have yet to get it oiled up and try it out.
How long have you had it? 2 1/2 years but it sat in the box unopened until about 9 months ago
How much does that machine cost (approximately)? around $100
What types of things do you sew (i.e. quilting, clothing, handbags, home dec projects, etc)?clothes, handbags, pillows, stuffies, soft shoes, blankets
How much do you sew? not as much as I would like... more when I am working on gifts that have a deadline approaching around Christmas I was sewing almost every day for at least a couple hours and did a couple all day sessions, right now though I am lucky to do something every couple weeks
How much wear and tear does the machine get? for the bursts of sewing I do, probably at least a couple hours minimum at once
Do you like/love/hate your machine? Are you ambivalent? Passionate? I like my machine, it is a good machine for someone like me that doesn't do a ton of sewing yet, it does enough that even as I get more experienced I can still do more difficult projects but there are a few stitches that I wish it had like an overlock or some more decorative stitches - I recently got a serger though
Does she have a name? no, but after reading this I am thinking about coming up with a name
What features does your machine have that work well for you?
Is there anything that drives you nuts about your machine? every once in a while the thread gets wrapped around the post and if I don't catch it and keep going my thread breaks
Do you have a great story to share about your machine (i.e., Found it under the Christmas tree?
Dropped it on the kitchen floor? Sewed your fingernail to your zipper?, Got it from your Great Grandma?, etc.!)? it was a Christmas gift from my in-laws :) they are pretty super
Would you recommend the machine to others? Why? yes, for the money it is a good machine and does enough for you to do most any type of sewing - it has a lot of add on feet you can purchase too
What factors do you think are important to consider when looking for a new machine? I don't know enough yet but I think a lot of it would depend on how much and what kind of sewing you are planning on doing
Do you have a dream machine? nope - I did really want a serger though and my husband let me get one for my birthday/mothers day so I am good for a little while :)