Remember the commercial, “Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s Maybelline”? I asked Jim to pull my antique Singer 401 out of the cabinet and give it a good lube and oil for me, because I struggle to get it back in its cabinet when I take it out to lube the underside. I haven’t sewn on it in a couple of years, and so it needs to be used.
It got me to thinking about how much I love my modern Bernina machines. I adore my 740 with the dual feed, but I feel like I can come close to the same results on my non dual feed 430 by reducing the presser foot pressure… but can I really?
Am I skilled enough to compensate, or does the machine truly make me a better seamstress?
My vintage Singer certainly has far less features than my 430, which has far less features than my 740, so I think I’m going to challenge myself and see if my piecing has the same standards on the old Singer as it does on my 740.
But surely some modern inventions do indeed make us appear more skilled. Needle up/down offers a level of control that didn’t exist in the past, and what about the ability to move the needle position right and left in super small increments?
We’re all familiar with the old adage, “it’s a poor carpenter indeed that blames his tools” but don’t good tools actually contribute to a better product?
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you think the more advanced sewing machines give you more skill?