My Main Squeeze is 'Nina, My B 750QEE:
|Happy Owner of a Bernina 750QEE Since 2012|
Meet Bette and Judi, my Vintage Singer Featherweight 221 machines
|Bette, My 1935 Singer Featherweight|
|Judi, My 1951 Singer Featherweight|
Judi is the 1951 Featherweight that I let my sons use sometimes. She's not as rare as Bette and she has more visible wear and tear, but she is still rock solid reliable and sews like a dream. I really only need ONE Featherweight, but they are kind of like chocolates -- once you have one, you just can't stop yourself from having another one! Someday one of the white ones is going to follow me home... You can read my complete vintage Singer Featherweight 221 review here.
My Newest Flame: Thoroughly Modern Millie, my APQS Millenium Longarm Quilting Machine
|My Hand Guided APQS Millenium Longarm Quilting Machine|
I've only had this machine since 2017, but I did a LOT of research before investing in a longarm quilting machine and I know I bought the right machine for me. Longarm quilting is an exciting new adventure for me, and I'm loving every minute of it! My APQS Millennium longarm machine is on a 12' frame and is not computerized.
Sergei the Serger, my Bernina 1300 MDC
|My Bernina 1300 MDC Serger + Coverstitch Machine|
Again, I LOVE my Berninas... The stitch quality is gorgeous. I use this machine for sewing knit clothing, but also for serging the edges of baby quilts before binding them, for overcasting raw edges of applique blocks so they don't fray during stitching, for home dec sewing, for making piping and pleated ruffle trim... I've had this serger since 2006 and it has never needed service. I haven't written a formal review of this machine, but you can scroll through all of my back posts showing how I've used this serger in my projects by clicking here. This machine does have coverstitch capability, but having to change my serger setup back and forth from overlocking to coverstitching was just one more delay that kept me away from quilting, so I finally bought a standalone coverstitch machine in 2017.
My Juki MCS-1500 Coverstitch Machine is Named Juki. Because He's a Juki.
|Juki, My MCS-1500 Coverstitch Machine|
I Design My Quilts in EQ8 Software
I've been using Electric Quilt Design Software since Version 7, and it's been worth every penny. Seriously, they could charge three times as much for this software and it would still be a great deal! Not only can I design new quilts from scratch and preview what they will look like in different fabrics, but EQ has an enormous library of quilt blocks that can be used to print out templates or paper piecing patterns in any size you want. Check out this quilt that my son Lars and I designed in EQ8:
|Stained Glass Quillow Design for Lars, 68" x 102"|
I Design My Machine Embroidery in Bernina v8 Designer Plus Digitizing Software
|Screen Shot of Quilt Label I Designed in Bernina v8 Designer Plus Embroidery Software|