It sits on my sewing table with the extended worktop that it came with. It's my multi-purpose sewing machine: quilting, piecing, craft work, hemming, and fixing up clothes that need a little TLC.Despite the short time that I've had this machine, I realize that I need a machine with more functionality. I have not decided what kind of machine or how much I want to spend yet. Like I said bear with me as I go through my thought process :P.
Here's what is bugging me about my current machine and what I would like in a new one:
- A bigger bobbin: I REALLY REALLY do not enjoying changing out the bobbin like 4 times even for a small baby quilt. The bobbin is SMALL. With this in mind I'm kind of leaning towards a quilting machine. Perhaps splurge for that long-arm???
- More functionality besides straight line stitching. As pretty as the Juki is with straight line quilting, sometimes it's nice to have another option. The Juki TL98Q allows me to make very nice straight stitching for piecing and straight line quilting. It also allows me to drop the dog feed - allowing for free motion quilting. However - I want to do MORE. My Juki ONLY does straight lines - no zigzag, no fancy stitches - just straight lines.
- Since this is my main machine that I use for everything, I will have to be taking it off and on the quilting frame weekly. This is a pain and I would like to avoid the situation.
- Knee lift - great for sewing and quilting
- Nice straight lines - it's about the only thing it does but it does it well
- Cheaper than other quilting machines. It's pricier than regular sewing machines, but it has a nice big arm - well at least bigger than conventional machines.
- Easy to use
- Get a nice sewing machine just for piecing and other sewing projects. Use my Juki just for quilting on the quilting frame and removed from the frame just for quilting purposes too. This is resolve having to always take the Juki off and on the frame. The new sewing machine will be able to handle all piecing, small project quilting without a frame, and other sewing projects.
- 1 new sewing machine, 1 Juki, 1 old Brother machine
- 1 Juki, 1 Brother
- 1 long arm, 1 Juki, 1 old Brother machine (potentially swapping that out in the distant future)
Think right now I'll have to stick with choice #2 - the frugal and more practical one.