Monday, January 17, 2011

Luckiest Girl Ever


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?"


19 comments:

Jewel said...





I am so jealous.

PamKittyMorning said...





Hey congrats, there's nothing like a new machine!

Hillbilly Handiworks said...





A few more months...then mine will be out of layaway!!

Dana - Old Red Barn Co. said...





You lucky duck!!!

Lisa said...





Congrats! What fun! Can't wait to see your first project.

Dorrie said...





Congratulations! How exciting!

Kaye Prince said...





Oh, lucky you!!! I am beyond jealous ;)

Sarah Craig said...





Isn't it funny when, with all the bells and whistles on a new machine, it's the thread cutter that makes you happiest? I'm the same way with my new machine!!!

gale said...





Congrats to both of you-how exciting!! I have the 6600 (hubby told me to buy it for myself last Mother's day) and love it so far.

GerryART said...





Dana took the words right out of my mouth!
I know that you about excited as can be.
Well, you and your Mom both.

Have fun getting acquainted with your new machine.
Hugs

Poppyprint said...





aunt Janome, that is the sweetest! Congratulations, this is super exciting!!! Great idea to take lessons - you'll get so much more out of your machine.

Leah said...





Congrats - lucky you...

Catherine said...





Congrats on your new purchase and what a great idea to buy together with your Mother. I'll be interest to see how you like all its features as I know my machine's days are numbered and there are so many machines to choose from now.

Barb said...





I am so excited because this is the machine I just got but I don't get lessons...maybe you can share with me after your lessons. I have not used the thread cutter yet...oh...I am so happy for you and your mom.

Needled Mom said...





How exciting! I know that you will love it and the extra throat space will be a dream for the quilting.

Lindsay Conner said...





How fun! You were totally destined to be a Janome girl.

Alisa said...





Yeah!! So happy for you! A couple of years ago I bought myself the Janome 6600 and love it. Love the thread cutter too. Have fun!

Pokey said...





You are a lucky girl, no doubt! I have recommended this very machine to several friends, and I send them to Barb's blog, and to Leah Day's personal review. And if money weren't an object, I know you'd see one at my house, too!
I can't wait to see your creative stitches too.
:-}pokey

wishes, true and kind said...





Congratulations and have fun!!!