Wednesday, October 6, 2010

So what makes a quilter drool?

A new sewing machine of course.

I've got my eye on the new Janome 7700 Horizon machine.  For a closer look at all the bells and whistles, check this out!

There are many things that sell me about this machine.  I currently own a Pfaff sewing/embroidery machine and an older pfaff sewing machine.  I really like both of them.  I also own a Brother sewing machine I use for machine quilting.  It stitches 1500 stitches per minute and you machine quilters out there know, the faster you go, the easier it is to machine quilt.  I still like all these machines, but, I can tell a savvy machine designer has asked some experienced quilters just what they would want on their machines and they have put it on this 7700.

Drool Factor #1:  AUTOMATIC PLATE CONVERTER.  How easy would that be.  If you still have a regular sewing machine, it came with a zigzag stitch plate that probably pops off and on for cleaning.  You should also have a straight stitch throat plate for your machine.  These are handy for a little more precision for your 1/4 inch seam.

Drool Factor #2:  A THROAT PLATE THAT IS 11.5 INCHES LONG.  Normal machines are around 8 inches or less.  It just makes it a little easier for working.

Drool Factor #3:  FIVE LED LAMPS FOR SHADOW FREE STITCHING.  Good lighting in any work environment is highly recommended.  I have the Bendable Bright Light which is attached to my machine, which helps.

Drool Factor #4:  ACUFEED SYSTEM.  This is the main reason I bought 2 Pfaff sewing machines.  The AcuFeed system makes dual feed dogs, so pulling of material is done on the top and the bottom for accurate piecing.

Drool Factor #5:  SEW UP TO 1000 STITCHES PER MINUTE.  My Brother sews 1500 stitches per minute.  I use it for my quilting machine.

Drool Factor #6:  AUTOMATIC PROGRAMMABLE THREAD CUTTER.  It pulls the thread to the back after it cuts it.

Drool Factor #7:  ADJUSTABLE FOOT PRESSURE.  My Pfaff's have 2 levels of pressure so I can do machine quilting without using the quilting foot.

Well these are only a few of the things I can drool about with this new machine.  Yes, indeed, I think manufacturers must be making enough money off of us quilters that they finally are listening to us and it appears, the Janome 7700 Horizon is the answer to all our likes gathered together in one fine bundle. did a designer from Brother and a machine designer from Pfaff come together for a big pow wow?  I'll never know.  And I don't get any money for writing this "review".  Heck, I haven't even tried to sew on it.  After scanning the waves of the WWW, this is one thing that made me stop and need a

I found this fabulous review from a very experienced quilter that sheds light on a lot of these items.  Check it out!

Monday, October 4, 2010

If you like to make puzzles your will like quilting...I think

We quilters don't usually shy away from a challenge.  It seems our little grey cells are in constant need of stimulation.  Which for us is manipulating fabric into designs.

This can be a daunting thing to do.  When you go into a quilt store, you are not looking at little pieces of material all cut up and sewn together in a "test block".  Nope, you have to see in your oh so powerful minds eye the mostly 2X3 inch pieces, in this case, that will become a Tennessee Waltz quilt block.  Then you have to imagine the snowball block to go along side it.

Here is my attempt at joining those colors in fabric to make quilt blocks to be sewn together, soon.  Who needs a Birangle.


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