I suppose I will introduce the most recent additions to my Happy Sewing Family and blather on and on about all their glory ;)
#1 - my birthday was last week and although not planned as a birthday gift, coincidentally I purchased my brand new Juki TL-2010q. I was initially looking at a Juki due to my foray into the Amy Butler Weekender bag. I was sure none of my current machines would handle that baby. As I continued to research, I realized all the other great benefits of the workhorse that is the Juki.
I think my 2 favorite features (I can't choose just one!) are first that when you stop sewing (lift you foot off the presser foot) you actually stop sewing. The machine stops on a dime. I don't get those extra stitches past where I thought I'd stopped that you sometimes (read: ALWAYS) see on the computerized machines.
My 2nd fav feature is the knee lift. Oh. Me. Gee. I had never used one before but it is a seamless addition (for me) and bursting with the awesome. Imagine stopping (on a dime, mind you) and being able to lift the presser foot (up to 12mm) while adjusting the fabric, with both hands, at the same time! It's magical.
#2 - labor day was also last week(end) and that means sales. Lots and lots of sales. It's no secret that I've wanted a long arm machine FORever. I blogged about it here, describing my LAQ class experience and lust for a machine. Wellllllll, they were on SALE last weekend! 36 months with zero interest to be precise and I bought one! Not the top of the line, like I wanted, but rather the middle of the road, with some room to grow.
Say hello to my new Tin Lizzie 18, LAQ machine!
I'm so excited about this baby that I just might pee my pants! I got her with the Phoenix frame, which is the sturdier IMO and has room to grow, should I decide I need more throat. I don't yet have possession of this beauty but am told she will be delivered some time next week. I can't wait *Swoon*