Okay here is my new baby!
After a lot of research on the internet I had narrowed down my choice of machine to 2 different Janome machines. I also liked a Bernina, but apart from winning lotto or saving up some more cash for another year, it was out of my price range. I had looked at the prices of these two machines on an Australian website, so I had an idea of what price they would be. I had also prepared my husband by showing him a machine that cost $6000 first, so imagine his relief when I then said one for half that price would probably do 🙂 .
I had a big think about which features were important to me. As my current machine was about 30 years old, It was a fairly basic model and has done a lot more than it was intended for. One of the features that I liked was the needle stopping in the down position. I loved the idea of this and I could see it would save me time. I also wanted the inside area, between the needle and the right side of the machine to be wider, as this would make it much easier to sew a larger quilt. The differential feed, (walking foot), was high on my list as it makes quilting easier and neater. I had bought a walking foot for my current machine and liked how it worked. The knee lift was an interesting idea and since mucking about with it I can see it will be a great asset when I have my hands full of quilt and need to turn it. Another feature that came with the machine is a button, which when pressed, cuts and pulls the thread through to the bottom side of the fabric. Now that is what I call a time saver. The hours I have spent pulling the threads through to the other side, well no longer will I need to, my handy dandy machine will do it for me, all at the press of a button!
I headed off to the first shop on my list. As soon as I saw my machine I fell in love! Then I saw the in store special price and that was it, I was a gonner. The very pleasant lady explained the features of the machine, gave me some scrap pieces of material and left me to play. I must have been there an hour, asking her questions from time to time. Because it is electronic I was a little worried about pressing buttons and ending up doing something to the expensive machine. But once she explained a few things it was really easy. I was impressed with the way it just purrrrrrrred along, not quite as much clunking as my old machine. The foot pedal is huge, which makes it easy to use. Lots of impressive stitches are available at a press of the button, and you can programme your favourite stitches into the memory making it easier to select. Lots more features on this little beauty but at the risk of boring you to death I will forgo a longer list. Maybe after I have sewn something with it I will tell about some more but for now just admire the pictures