Monday, October 11, 2010

Sewing Machine Woes and a Quilted Quilt

Well, I think I'm going to to throw in the towel.

I don't usually do that, but this time, I'm just going to admit defeat.

Remember back in December when I got my Janome 1600P?  I thought it was going to be the answer to all my FMQ woes!  Don't we all go in starry-eyed and silly????

Well, I've had lots of problems with it, and I'm sure that most of them are on my end, but I think this baby would do better on a frame.  My hands just don't move fast enough to compensate for the problems I'm having.

So, I've decided to trade her in for a Jonome 6600 or a Janome Horizon 7700.  Any opinions on the better machine?

I will probably only use it for FMQ.

I LOVE Bernina, but in order to get a decent harp space, I would have to spend LOTS of bucks.

PLUS, I demoed one the other day and I found that the stitch regulator couldn't keep up with me because I move my quilts quickly.  I'm past the stage of being afraid of it.

I would just like to be able to start a quilt, get the tension set, and finish without having to contend with a bunch of thread breaks.

I have SO many UFOs that I just want to get finished up without a lot of fuss, and I find when I'm quilting on my 1600, I'm tense...always waiting for the thread to break.  Just when I get myself nice and guessed it...I have a thread break.  It's so frustrating!

Anyway...I'm going to go to my dealer and see what she has to show me.  I may even take in a quilt that's basted and ready to go.

For Design Wall Monday, I finished quilting a quilt for my aunt that I just found out has breast cancer.  I hope she'll be able to use it when she's in chemo.  She's always cold and I know the chemo rooms can sometimes be really cold.

This is a quilt that I designed as I went along, as you can see.  I LOVE blue and yellow.  It's so cheerful!

I just have to get it bound and I'll send it off to her.

Hope you all have a quilty day.


Kim Stevenson said...

I'm sorry you're having so many issues with your machine. Have you ever considered a Juki TL-98Q? I have one and absolutely love it. I also have the Janome 6500 and like it for the fancy stitches when doing "regular" quilting. But, before you invest in a new machine have you tried the Bobbin Genie's? They really do work and take most ot the bobbin issues out of the picture.

Whatever you decide...good luck!


ANudge said...

What a lovely quilt! I'm sure she is going to be so happy you made it for her. It is very cheerful.

Michelle said...

I suggest a Juki TL-98Q if you just want to use it for fmqing. I have the E model (older) and love it. I use it on the frame, but have also used it on the table. Love it!

Michelle said...

Also, I suggest magna-glide bobbins for quilting. Take out the spring in the bobbin, and the magnet on the bobbin post keeps the thread coming off at a nice even consistent speed. Love those bobbins!


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