The Handi-Stitch: Does It Work? - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/11/02

The Handi-Stitch: Does It Work?

The Handi-Stitch is a sewing machine small enough to fit in your hand. The makers claim it's powerful like the big machine and you can take it just about anywhere.

Don't let the size of the Handi-Stitch throw you. Bernina Sewing Studio Owner Vicki Tracy even gave it the one-eyebrow raise when she saw it on TV. So she was more than willing to help me test this portable and cordless machine.

Let's cut right to it, for under $15, you get four bobbins, three needles, a needle threader, and a large spindle for bigger spools of thread. Before getting started, vicki and I read the instructions and decided to test the machine on denim, silk and drapery.

Stitchin on denim. Well, if it's locking on the back then it's a stitch. Not yet and it never did. Vicki says the material was too thick. Then we moved on to a medium weight drapery fabric "Okay, that made a chain stitch. This silk is very light weight and drapery very delicate like a blousewould be or a very nice dress," said Vicki. 

"Let's make the hem about on this crease maybe. Let's see what it looks like on the back. That's pretty amazing because that's difficult fabric. So this is ideal for crafts right, emergency repairs, maybe you could put it into your suitcase for travel, like a travel iron. Great and what did you call it earlier?" said Vicki. 

Well, I thought it reminded my of a fabric stapler. What ever you want to call it, I say it works.

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