… for a new machine (!).
After not being thrilled with my sewing machine’s performance while making my last quilt (in both piecing and quilting), I started researching sewing machines made with quilters in mind.
I’ve discovered that researching sewing machines is a little tricky since the manufacturers don’t list prices and neither do online retailers. Because of that, it took me awhile to figure out what machines are in my price range.
My super friendly LQS carries a full line of sewing machines so I went in today and talked to them about what I am looking for in a machine. After a lot of talking and demonstration, I think the new Janome 3160QDC best fits my needs (“A full-featured machine made with a quilter’s needs in mind… [it delivers] all the benefits of a top of the line model, and with an affordable price.”). It doesn’t have everything that I would want in a new dream machine, but the machines with all of the bells and whistles are crazy expensive.
Now, let me say that the 3160QDC still has a lot of bells and whistles, especially compared to my current machine. There are many features that it has that my current machine doesn’t have, like:
- Speed adjustment
- Needle up/down button
- Start/stop button
- 7 piece feed dog
- Drop feed dog with lever
- One hand needle threader
- Auto thread cutter
- Hard cover
- Extension table
- Folding carry handle
The features that it doesn’t have that I wish it had (larger harp area, integrated walking foot, low bobbin indicator light), I can definitely work around not having.
I still would like to go and really test drive the machine (sans children) to make sure it feels right but that can’t happen for a little while due to scheduling conflicts. So, I don’t know if/when I’m getting a new machine, but I hope it is soon!