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 relaxed...you 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.

4 comments:

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!

Kim

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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