My new machine from IKEA! a gift from my sweet daughter for Mom’s Day. All I did was mention it, and it was mine (I do love her a lot…).
I am super fortunate because IKEA is 8 miles from my house. But I almost did not find the machine. No one I asked knew anything about it. Heart flutter. So I wandered through likely places, you know, aisles with textiles on them. At last, back behind all the kitchen linens and curtains, almost to the rugs – a short aisle of fabric bolts and 6 feet of shelf space with boxes of cotton thread, zippered sewing kits, and on the bottom, 3 smallish boxes. I almost missed them!
Thrilled. Only stopped for cookies in the market on my way out (if ever you can, try IKEA’s cookies, oh my…).
This iconic white/yellow/blue machine was designed by Henrik Preutz. It is made of ABS plastic with an aluminum frame and various metals in its parts, similar to my Brother. A few stats:
- Price $59.99
- Width: 11 3/4″
- Height: 7 1/8″
- Length: 14 5/8″
- Weight: 13 lbs.
Straight stitch, zipper, buttonhole feet
2 Thread spool felts
Additional spool pin
Screw driver tool
Combo control foot and power cord
And it’s a great bobbin case area. I mean it! It’s fully accessible and well-lit by my IKEA bendable lamp. The bobbin case itself is standard and accepts most (not all) bobbins.
I’ll comment first so you can look: the machine has 13 stitches, including straight, zigzag, decorative, and blind hem stitch variations. (Blind stitch is not on my sample – oops). Not a purring machine, but not a jackhammer either. It has a steady feed, sews very evenly, and the control foot feels just like my others. It is very sturdy and does not budge – at 13 lbs. it is not going anywhere! but to add to that, the rubber feet are good size and quality.
Here’s a front view. (The straight stitch is very good. Just not straight, which is my not being used to the machine!)
And here is the view I hold my breath over – the back view, the one that tells me whether the tension dial is working! Nothing ruins a machine for me faster than poor tension – I tossed a Singer over this issue. I used a lighter thread in the bobbin so that I could really see how the tension behaved – it got very good marks!
IKEA provides a very well-written manual with pictures that are large enough that one can actually see the part being discussed! And a separate folder on oiling and cleaning the machine, which I think is very thoughtful. Generic oiling on a non-sealed machine without directions makes me nervous! but it has to be done.