This is one of those pictures that really is worth a thousand words. You probably recall that I've been researching machines for the last 6 months to a year. I was looking at the Janome Horizon and the Bernina 440QE with a stitch regulator. My final decision really came down to throat/harp size. I couldn't justify spending that amount of money on a machine and still needing to send out most larger quilts to a long arm quilter. While I might not attempt every king or queen quilt I make with the Horizon, almost all twin size/throws I'll do myself and some queens. (And considering how cold the winters are here, there might be a lot!)
A couple of weeks ago, I received my Singer featherweight from my sister. You'd think one new machine in a week was to learn was enough wouldn't you? Later that week my parents were coming, and my mom has been looking at machines also. I had always suggested maybe we wanted to buy at the same time to see if we could get a good price. Before my mom got here, she decided she was just going to look this time. I knew which machine I was going to get, but was willing to wait. Well, looking for my mom turned into buying when she was offered a price several hundred dollars lower on a 6600 than her local dealer. So after looking on a Friday morning, Saturday we went back to Kurt, my local Janome dealer (that has serviced all my machines since we moved here) and did get phenominal deal. It was a fun and once in a lifetime shopping trip with my mom... (since who knows if either of us will ever get another new machine in our lifetimes!)
I've had the machine out of the box for almost a week, and have been playing with scraps and making some pjs for William while trying to get the hang of it. So far, the thread cutter is the most exciting! This week I go in for my first lesson, so it will be great to learn more. ( This machine is light years beyond the Riccar 606 that I have been using for the last 20 some years!)
And I decided it was probably destiny for me to get this machine... my sisters' names are Jonell and Naomi and my youngest son always used to ask, "Is Aunt Janome going to be at Grandma's house?"