Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Double Sided Quilt
Here she is, FINISHED. 46x59" 💓 I really like how this turned out and am so enthused to finish more of my tops, and even make new ones.
As for the quilting machine, I'll make this short. Unless I can sell these quilts, I can't justify another machine.
Here's a question from Nancy:
I have been considering putting something like this on my Wishlist, so am grateful for your reviews and those of your readers. What are the most important features too look for, how do the brands differ, and is this a reasonable purchase for someone who has ruled out a long arm? My older Bernina works fine for piecing, but the short throat makes free motion quilting anything bigger than a small baby quilt a challenge. Thanks for the advice!
What I felt was important in quilting machines:
The sound it makes. If it is too loud, and/or whiny, I would not buy it.
Smooth running at high speed. (My sister tells me that no one sews that fast when they are trying out the machine, so the vibration never occurs...so sew really fast!)
Needle up and down, which most of the machines have, totally necessary.
A large table to hold the gathered up quilt top.
Thread cutter button...now that I am used to this on my Janome 6500P, I just can't live without it.
Bright light over the work.
Built in bobbin winder.
Since we moved I have instituted a rule that I am not buying anything that I can't move myself. To that end, the machine table that I have is not making me happy so that came into the discussion. The resolution is to add wheels to my table, which in turn will raise it enough to be even with the work surfaces adjacent. Here's the ridiculous set up I have now. Definitely make do.
So, after using the two wonderful LARGER quilting machines, and then trying out the same designs on my Janome, I am happy to stay with my machine and the set up I have. And of course, I can do quilt as you go for larger works...see the ones I've already made here.
Update: The solution for my sewing table. Brakes on two wheels and free rolling on the others. Lowe's had just what I needed. I raised my big white table with doubled spongey pads, and we have smooth sailing ahead.