Like many sewists, I have an older, used sewing machine. Don't get me wrong, I love my Bernina 1005 with its pastel 80's color theme and the band name "Slip Knot" etched into the casing, but having an older model makes it hard to find feet and other accessories I want/need for my machine, like a walking foot.
I'm starting my first quilt (a lap quilt), and I really don't want to hand quilt it. Like, really really don't want to (don't even try to talk me into it, haha). I don't like hand sewing my garments, and I can't imagine sitting and quilting for hours and hours when a machine can do it much faster. And yes, I know machine quilting can be tricky for a beginner, but it wouldn't be anything fancy, just straight lines. From what I've gathered, a walking foot is pretty much necessary for easy(er) machine quilting. When I checked to see if my local Bernina dealership had walking feet compatible for my 1005 in stock, they said they could order it but it would cost a few hundred dollars. Insane!
I took to Ebay this past weekend to see what I could find...and a lot of what I found are no-name brand walking feet that say they're "compatible" with my Bernina model. However, I'm skeptical...heaven forbid I get one of these feet and they mess up the timing or something like that on my machine! I've always been of the school of thought of only Bernina accessories for Bernina machines.
Which got me to thinking...how do people buy sewing machines etc. on Ebay? There's quite a few to choose from on there, like Bernina 930s, my favorite machine my mom has, and some of them have no description of the quality of condition of the machine. I'm sure you can ask the seller...but it seems so dicey to buy something like that over the Internet without trying it out or being able to return it.
So - have you bought hard-to-find sewing machine accessories on Ebay, or even a sewing machine? Is/was it a good idea/worth it or do you wish you'd done things differently?