Last week was busy! I worked on this customer quilt, below, and really hope to finish it and return it to the owner this week.
Plus I visited my local Janome dealer, John Heckman of Sew Simple and checked out a few of his new machines. The shop is in Lynchburg VA and he does a fabulous job of service and repair of all makes of machine, plus he has great prices on all the latest Janome machines.
I tried out the new MC8900, and gave it a free motion quilting workout. I had planned to try out the MC8200, but he had the 8900 set up in a nice cabinet with a large, flush work surface.The 8900 is the same size, but has more stitches and features than the 8200.
The free motion foot is a little different, but it's just the toe part
that changed. It still has the base usit of the convertible free motion
foot set, so that means I could give the ruler toe a whirl on this machine.
I did a nice big feather and then started some ruler work as a fill on it. I put my Supreme Slider
on the work surface even though it was in a nice cabinet. The Slider helps smooth out any bumps and reduces drag on the fabric. Mine was a bit linty so I had to tape it down.
I learned that the MC 12000 combination sewing and embroidery machine has a different foot for free motion than I had seen before. It works with a fabric thickness sensing system to set the height. This gives the needle area better visibility, and this foot is a snap-on type for quick installation.
You can still use the convertible free motion foot set on this machine also, but you have to turn the fabric sensing mode off first. Below, shop helper Marsha show how the foot works for free motion.
Below is a shot of the large touch screen interface on the 12000 and some of the stitch options for free motion.
Then Marsha showed me the new, top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery machine, the MC15000. This machine is the same model that Leah Day just bought and actually has some of her quilting designs in it as embroidery patterns.
I watched it do some embroidery, but I didn't try it out.
Then I packed my bags, sewing machine and supplies and headed out to Charlotte NC for a nice little quilt retreat where I got to do a demo of free motion quilting. Fun, fun, fun!
What have you been up to? I hope you got to quilt!