When I took up sewing about 12 months ago I purchased a second hand machine off Ebay. I bought a basic Brother LS14 which cost me about £25. I didn’t want to spend much because I wasn’t even sure I would be able to sew let alone enjoy it. Fast forward to March 2018 and I am still loving my sewing and learning new skills with each make.
The time now seems right for an upgrade. My LS14 has served me well over the last 12 months and I will be keeping it for a back up but I now feel ready for a machine that can offer a little more.
On my visit to the NEC Craft Show last week I headed over to the Brother stand to get an idea of what was available. The lady I spoke to was very helpful and there was no pressure selling, in fact she suggested that I visit all the sewing machine stands and just try them out to get a feel of what was right for me. After doing just that I found myself back at the Brother stand and finally settled on an Innov-is 27
Having spent a good afternoon getting to know all the functions I can confirm that I absolutely love it. It was simple to thread with an easy to follow guide on the machine. The jog dial makes it very easy to select stitches and it even gives a letter on the LCD screen indicating which presser foot can be used. It is also much quieter than my old machine.
There are buttons to the right of the screen which allow you to change the length and width of the stitches and 3 speeds available for sewing.
One thing I really missed on my previous machine was being able to finish off seams neatly, no such problem now, there are several overcasting stitches available and an overcasting foot (this is 1 of the 7 feet included) to do the job, I am really pleased with the professional looking job I have made on the seams of the cushion covers I have sewn up today.
There is a foot control provided but I have yet to take this out of the packet, I was using one on my other machine but am liking just operating the machine with the stop/start button on the front at the moment.
One more bonus of buying from the show was that a free Creative Quilting Kit was included worth £149, this consists of an extension table, free motion grip, open toe quilting foot, stitch guide, walking foot and piecing foot so a nice set of extras. I think this offer may be available online too but only for a limited period.
I would definitely recommend this model for anyone who wants a good selection of stitches but also something that is easy to set up and get sewing with straight away and I am already planning my next project, I can’t wait to get sewing with it again.