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The Sewing Machine Scoring Criteria
Wouldn't it be nice if there was a scoring system that gave you quantitative info on what machine might be best for you? Heath Jackson has devoted the last 6 years to creating this tool.
Like many makers, he had a dream of making a project to enable his outdoor pursuits. What started as just a tool became his infatuation. Since then he has bought and restored over 30 machines. While working with these machines Heath, kept careful notes on 7 distinctive features. With the help of friendly internet compatriots the homemade spreadsheet has become fairly extensive.
The Scoring System
* 1. Power - Not including industrial machines
* 2. Strength - Punching power
* 3. Finesse - How delicate of an item can you put through?
* 4. Machine Tolerance - Finely tuned or thrown together?
* 5. Durability - Is it metal parts or plastic parts?
* 6. Ease - Can I find information/parts about it?
* 7. Features - What are you trying to accomplish?Machines MUST HAVES:
* Has to have reverse
* Round bobbin
* Must have zigzag (for maker generalist mahcine)
* Must have power/motor
* Readily available for sale
* Avoid non-metal plastic critical partsTop Home Machines Mentioned:
* Kenmore 1914 or1941
* Pfaff 130, 1200 series, 117
* Bernina X30 Series, 530-930 for mechanical, 1130, 1230 for motherboard
* Singer 411G, Rocketeer 500 series with slant needle
* Viking 19-22 series
* Janome 50’s - 90’s any machine especially if made by New Home
Top Industrial Machines Mentioned:
* Bernina 217 - $1,000
* Pfaff 138
* Brother TZ1-B652
* Singer 20-U
* Juki 8700
* Consew RbFollow Heath on Instagram @77gearco
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