But there is a fabulous selection of machines to choose from when I do get a minute to stitch and I've got a ton of ideas for samples I want to stitch up. I've got to tell you I've got a new favorite machine for piecing. The new Janome 9400 has got a new foot and needleplate just for piecing a great 1/4 inch seam.
|So much room to work! Plus plenty of light.|
It's taking a while to get used to it as it's got an automatic electronic presser foot lifter and a bobbin thread sensor which means I don't even have to put the foot down to sew and it will warn me if I'm running out of bobbin thread long before I do my usual stitch for 24 inches of nothing.
|Can you see the foot is slightly raised here while I use the auto pivot feature? Perfect for easing in this curve.|
It pieces a great quarter inch seam (supposedly a scant 1/4 inch, but I'm not precise enough in my piecing to accurately tell at this point) in the left needle position. The service guys tell me that this is an optimum position for the best stitch formation. The foot is narrow too without a fence/flange/guide along the edge and I figured it would be perfect for curved piecing, especially with its auto-pivot feature. Nice curved seams and no pins! Yay!
I finally got out my Quick Curve Ruler by the gals at Sew Kind of Wonderful and am so glad to finally be working on one of their great designs. If you've ever seen their Instagram feeds, you've seen the gorgeous quilting that they do with rulers on their quilts. They do it with a long arm, but of course we can do the same kind of quilting on our regular machines. If you're not sure how, have you checked out my classes on quilting with rulers at Craftsy? See my classes and get them at 50% off all the time by clicking on my instructor's affiliate link.
Let's hope I actually finish this table runner up instead of putting it in the pile of UFO's that's getting to a shamefully large size. I'm still trying to get settled into the shop as a studio as well as dealing with the relocation of my quilting area at home.
I used the shop's Artistic Edge cutter to make new signage for the shop's windows too. This thing is really addictive! I had an inkling that it was probably ill-advised to do your own window signs, but they turned out really well. I still have a few more things to add to the windows including a "Home of Amy's Quilting Adventures" line but things are really shaping up.
I mentioned my Craftsy classes above, but I would be remiss if I didn't tell you that Craftsy's got another hot sale this weekend on all classes. Click here to see the great deals. That's an affiliate link which helps keep me doing all that I do.
I bet y'all are wondering if the 9400 is my new go-to machine for free motion quilting. The jury is still out on that. With the automatic presser foot lifter and my addiction to the Janome ruler foot, I would probably say I prefer the 8900 for FMQ. (See my video of the ruler foot and the auto presser foot lift on the Skyline 7 for more) Of course my view is skewed since I have the option of a bunch of Janome machines to choose from now.
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