Now before I jump into telling you WHY I purchased this particular machine, let me first stave off the fears that I can already feel creeping into the blogosphere with this announcement - getting an embroidery machine DOES NOT mean I will stop free motion quilting the way I have for so many years.
I have a skill with free motion quilting and I LOVE to quilt the way I do.
But I'm also wanting to learn something new, to check out this new technology and see what it's all about. For years I admit, I turned my nose up at machine embroidery with the declaration that "that's not really quilting."
It was after watching the Craftsy class The Machine Embroidered Quilt that I realized I was missing the point completely. The class teacher, Eileen Roache starts the class by defining a machine embroiderer as someone who "#1 loves their hobby, #2 expects beautiful projects every time they hoop something new in their machine, and #3 whatever they start, they really like to finish."
Whoa...that stopped me in my tracks. Because those are all things I would very much like to do: make quilts faster, with less fuss, and dependable results.
Watching that online class, I could see just how much faster the process was to allow the machine to stitch the digitized design automatically, and the designer side of my brain was definitely intrigued to see all the different possibilities for this new way to design and play with fabric and thread.
So really that's the background to this new machine purchase: I learned more about machine embroidery, got interested, and began looking at this as something new to get into this year.
As luck would have it, around the time I was getting interested in machine embroidery, some nice people from Janome America sent me an email about including some of my designs in a new machine, and then working together on an embroidery CD project. Whoo hoo! Why not?
|This new embroidery CD features 50 designs and will be available in quilt shops soon!|
Of course purchasing this new machine absolutely does not make me an instant expert at machine embroidery. I'm very much a beginner and already learned a lot just stitching out my five designs this morning:
|The 5th design can be seen on the machine in the first photo.|
I also realized that I need to get a much thinner bobbin thread for machine embroidery. I had to change the bobbin to complete the stitching on two of my designs, and it made the design get "off" a bit when stitching out the rest of the design:
Mostly this jumped off because I wasn't paying much attention and the inner hoop popped off while I was changing the bobbin and the whole piece shifted slightly to the right. But despite this imperfection, I think both blocks look great and could certainly still be used in a quilt.
So that's my newest machine and a bit about why I bought it. No, I didn't get this free or for any discount from working with Janome. It's an investment for fun, efficient stitching, and I can't wait to master the basics and start digitizing new designs on my own!
Let's go quilt,