Last week I saw a post from someone on Facebook about a sewing machine they bought at IKEA. IKEA??? I wondered:
a. why I didn't know about this
b. could it be a decent sewing machine
c. how could they sell it for so little
I checked around on the web for reviews and while it's no Bernina, it seemed to be holding its own considering the price.
Thinking it would be nice to take a lightweight machine to my sewing retreat last weekend, I zoomed over to my local IKEA store and picked up the machine. And a few other items. As usual.
The box has the name Sy on it -- but I think I'll call it Ziggy!
It came with three feet: regular, zipper, and buttonhole -- pretty bare bones there. It did have several bobbins (although I've found I can use my Bernina bobbins too), several Organ needles, a brush to clean out the lint, a seam ripper (not that I need one :*) ), a thread spool pin, felt pads for the thread, and a snazzy screw driver. It also came with a couple of instruction books, including how to oil the machine. I had read that earlier purchasers crabbed about not getting proper manuals so they seem to have corrected that.
When you remove the tools in the storage compartment, you get a pretty nice free arm to sew narrow items like sleeves in baby clothes.
The needle plate is marked with both centimeters and inches -- centimeters in the front and inches in the back. Sometimes machines have them overlapping and it's tough to make out the measurement you need.
Nothing fancy with the stitches -- straight stitches and zigzag in a couple of different lengths and widths, a few decorative stitches and a 4 step buttonhole.
After testing it out a bit at home I took it on my retreat. It sewed a decent 1/4" stitch while piecing my Tumbler Block pieces. While it isn't fancy and I still have to tweak the upper tension a bit, I have to say I am quite happy with this baby. I can see myself taking it to workshops and other events where I don't want to lug my Bernina or Juki.
Weight??? Price??? I can hear you asking all the way from Royal Oak.
Ziggy weighs in at less than 12 pounds!!! And the price???? Amazing --- $69.99 !!!! I think this would make a great machine for:
a. college students
b. new sewists
c. older sewists
e. auxiliary machine while main machine is in the shop
f. supplemental machine when zigzag or buttonhole is needed and I don't want to set up my Bernina
So do I recommend this machine? Wholeheartedly YES. As long as you aren't expecting a $$$$ machine I think you'll be satisfied, too! Your price may vary -- I've seen it priced from $59.99 to $79.99.