One of my readers asked if I would explain my sewing machine choices. Right now I am sewing on two machines. One is the Brother, Nouvelle 1500s. It is a lockstitch industrial machine much like the Juki with which I think folks are more familiar. It is my newest machine. I bought it last fall for a little over $600.00. I also have a Bernina 153 which I bought used in Kansas City a few years ago. Originally it was intended to be my travel machine. I have two machines set up so I can be piecing and quilting at the same time. I need to take breaks when I'm quilting and I don't want the hassle of changing thread etc to be able to piece while I'm on quilting breaks. I treat my machines with care and clean, oil and change needles regularly. I cover them when not in use to keep the dust away.
I have worked on many brands and models of sewing machines and I have watched students struggle with over engineered machines. Machines will not sew for us. For me, gadgets and gizmos get in my way. I want to be in control of my machine. I don't want the machine to control me or how I sew. It was an expensive lesson to learn. As I travel and teach I continue to find that simple seems to be better.
I am still looking for that machine that has the right combination of features that will work best for me. I do know at this point that more is not necessarily better.
To Anonymous who left a comment on my Proud to Be post, I left you a response in the comments in case you are interested.
To the rest of my readers: I've eliminated Anonymous comments from now on.