Thank you everyone for your kind words yesterday – I has been an amazing feeling to know I won a sewing machine. So glad many of you had good things to say about Babylock. Yes the Juki is going in for the tune up today – I keep it clean inside and out so they really won’t have much to do with it there I even take the bottom off of the sewing machine and clean out from way under the bobbin. I sure hope it can be fixed today so I won’t have to go back next week to pick it up. I know I will be able to find places to spend time today – shopping for this and that and if I really tire of it I will find a bookstore to sit awhile!!
I did get the little sewing machine out from the closet – my back up machine – an old Janome Platinum 720 I must admit since I got the Juki about 4.5 years ago I hardly ever use this little machine – mainly because I really didn’t have room for two sewing machines – now that I won a nice machine – I will make room for the Juki and the Babylock. I had to get the bag it was stored in to transport the Juki in the car – now the bag was extra big and too big for the Janome and yes the Juki fits in it but I can’t get the zipper closed LOL – well it will be easier to wheel it from the parking lot to the store then carry a 29 pound sewing machine right. I have it strapped into the backseat so it will stay put. I never got a bag for the Juki because it is too heavy to bring anywhere. You might ask what will happen to this little 12+ year old Janome? I’m going to teach Melanie how to use it – she doesn’t really sew much as she is all about needlework/embroidery by hand – but now and then you need a sewing machine to repair this or that or to sew one of her needlework’s down to a tote bag or maybe to make Aniya something (her great niece who spends a lot of time with her).
So took the little machine out of the closet and put it out on the sewing table to see if it was working – it was – and cleaned it off and have it ready to use in case the Juki doesn’t come home with me today. The main reason I got the Juki was because I was beginning to machine quilt a little bit and this little machine just couldn’t handle it very well – look at that little space to the right of the needle!
Here is the Juki – look at that space! and it turned out that besides doing the machine quilting pretty darn good it also handle piecing just fine. I do wonder which machine I will use most now once I get the Babylock delivered – if I read the specs on the machine right I think it is only 3/4 of an inch less to the right of the needle then the Juki is.
What else did I do yesterday – got my hair cut, went to Wal-Mart and the post office to mail off a care package of junk food and a gift card to my grandson who is away at school – he needs to know his family isn’t forgetting him off at military school – did I tell you all he is finishing up high school at a military school – he started it last year (his junior year) as he wants the preparation before going into the military – he might be doing college still too – we hope – depends on grades. And I finished my 5th circle star for Round We Go – my first really serious attempt at fussy cutting – not perfect but I’m satisfied with it. These circles will all be applique to background squares. I am linking to Sew Fresh Quilts today and Jo’s Country Junction and Susan’s Midweek Makers#91 .
Wish me luck that it just needs a little adjusting of the bobbin or something simple like that and it will come home with me.