When I lived in Vermont, and only a year or so after buying my starter Bernette sewing machine, I went to the sew n vac guy I had taken other sewing machines to and I fell for a used Elna Air Electronic. That thing was awesome. Only problem is that it wasn’t a consistent awesome. It would work wonderfully one day and get stuck the next. I kept taking it in until we decided to move to Indianapolis. I knew I didn’t want to bring a lemon with me.

In the end, after trading in my Bernette for the Elna and then being given a basic Necchi, I was at the same point I was before I laid eyes on that used Elna.

Over the past year, it’s become obvious that I’m really ready for an upgrade on my little Necchi. It’s just not doing what it needs to do. Or, more accurately, I’m pushing it to its limit too often for it to be in a good home with me. I think it would be fine with another sewer who doesn’t sew very often.

I thought for about a week that we could afford a monthly payment toward a better sewing machine but I’m slowly waking up from my fantasy. It might be another year to two years before I can get a better machine and that’s just the reality.

In the meantime, I’m looking at the Juki HZL- F600 and the Pfaff Ambition 1.5.

The Ambition 1.5 is new so there aren’t that many reviews out there. The Juki F600 has really good reviews so if I base my first level of decision making on reviews, then a year or two would help me decide if the Juki and the Pfaff are on the same playing field.

Until then, I’ll be working on the little Necchi that could. And to start the year, or finish this one, who knows, I’m going to embark on the fun of making jackets. I’m starting with a jacket for my 3yo son followed by a jacket for myself.

Enjoy these last few days of 2011!