More exciting than a grapefruit spoon……

I pulled out my mad money and look what’s coming to my house……  Yes — even more exciting than the new grapefruit spoons. LOL

machineI’ve wanted a new machine to quilt my quilts on for years but just wasn’t willing to pay some of the prices they started out at when manufacturers started making the extended harp area.  I am able to quilt large quilts on my nothing fancy Janome but it’s a wrestling match to do so – so even an inch or two larger harp would be fantastic.  And the wrestling match is not just because of harp space — my Janome has no extended bed on it so there’s very little room to put your hand on the left hand side so you have to constantly be stopping to shift where you hand is before it falls right off the side of the machine.  That was more annoying than the small harp area.

My Janome has been a great little machine considering I bought it at least 15 years ago for less than $250.  It has been used mainly for just machine quilting all those years and has seen a lot of quilts come and go.  It deserves a vacation.  Even with the foot pedal to the floor, it just doesn’t machine quilt as quickly as I would like (remember this comment about speed is coming from the gal who when learning to sew on her mother’s sewing machine would hear her mother saying “slow down” from the other room because she could tell by the sound of the machine I was speeding along.”  🙂

The new Brother Nouvelle 1500S only straight stitches and can stitch a mere 1500 stitches per minute — yes, speed, I will like that. 😉  So my Janome will get a nice shelf in the closet with a dust cover to keep it warm and dust free until I need to do buttonholes or zig zag or satin stitch something.

I had very few “needs” for a new sewing machine — extended harp by at least 2″ more than I currently have, more speed, extended bed, and I didn’t want a computerized machine  or lots of plastic on the machine.  I wanted a metal machine that I could take apart and clean out and not have lots of computerized things that could go wrong that I certainly could do nothing to fix.   This  machine has all those things.   It is simply icing on the cake that it also has an automatic needle threader (my depth perception problems will be very happy about that), auto thread cutter, and knee lift and was on sale.

It will arrive tomorrow.  Good thing I gave myself a day off work today — I may need to spend it cleaning the sewing room so that when it arrives I can give it a test drive on my nephew’s quilt that has been waiting next in line to be quilted.  First, while I go find some breakfast, I’ll have to go open the sewing room door and kick up the heat a bit.  We went from 30s yesterday back down into the teens today with high wind gusts – which just happen to be gusting on the sewing room side of the building and it’s definitely chilly in there.  At least it’s not hailing outside like it was yesterday.



10 comments on “More exciting than a grapefruit spoon……

  1. I have the Baby Lock (BLQP) machine which is essentially the same. You will love it! Happy stitching,

  2. You will love your new machine . I bought this machine when it first came out. It is my favorite! I have quilted a lot on it and have won a few challenge ribbons for my machine quilting. Enjoy!

  3. I have had the Brother 1500 for several years now and Love, Love, Love it. It is a wonderful machine. Enjoy!

  4. This looks interesting…I was going to ask you a couple of questions, but Karen’s comment answered them for me. I bought an Elna Diva about 18 years ago, it’s great for the heirloom sewing I did when my daughter and nieces were small. I can do some great piecing, but not so well on machine quilting.

  5. I got the same thing for Christmas and love it so far. I ordered it because my plastic Janome had tore up after 8 months of using it. The problem was the bobbin and it was in their book that they give you. instead of putting that in the book they should have fixed the problem!

  6. How exciting for you. Good luck with the new machine. I too am sewing on a beginner Janome machine (purchased on sale for $ 100.00 and just one model above the hello kitty machine!) and am looking for a larger harp space. Let us know about your machine as you try it out, as it may just fit the bill for me as well. Love your blog and your narratives. Thanks for sharing with us.

  7. I bought one about 12-13 years ago and love mine. I have two office tables pushed together at the long sides. The machine sits near a corner so the tables hold the weight of my quilt.
    I did choose to buy a speed control too since I run like a deer. My friends say I sew so fast that I make the table bounce. 🙂
    I would warn you to keep the presser feet seperate in indiv’ bubble wrap. They appear steel but are a composite, I have had two broken walking feet. Not happy about that.
    Enjoy your new addition, KHB

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