The Free Motion Quilting Project: Yes, I'm Selling Sewing Machines

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Yes, I'm Selling Sewing Machines

This must be the month of sewing machines because I've added not just two treadles, but also a new regular home sewing machine to the mix! I'm now sewing, piecing, and quilting on the Eversewn Sparrow 20:


Click Here to check out this machine.

Yep, if you clicked the link above you will find that I'm selling the Eversewn Sparrow 20. I've shared four videos so far to help you get started and I have a lot more are on the way!

If you've been watching my videos for a few years, you've probably noticed me bouncing from machine to machine. Sometimes I'd get curious about a machine brand and want to try it, then I'd realize it wasn't a good fit or just didn't do everything I wanted and switch to something else.

But no matter what I'm quilting on, quilters want to know what it is, and will often buy it. I know I've sold a lot of machines for Juki, Bernina, and Janome over the years and unfortunately some of those were machines I didn't really like.

After attending VDTA I had to ask myself the simple question - what would happen if I found a great machine, became a dealer, and supported it completely with detailed videos, feet, and accessories?

That sounds like a pretty good plan to me!

So that is why I've made this switch. I want to use a machine I can sell because that makes the most economic sense for my business. In doing so, I can also teach you how to get the most out of this sewing machine and also prove that you don't need a super expensive machine with all the bells and whistles in order to quilt your own quilts.

In fact, I think the stitch quality on the Sparrow 20 is even better than some of the sewing machines I've owned in the past that cost 4 - 8 times more!


If you're worried about what this means for my videos and quilting tutorials, please don't worry. I don't plan to change the way I share videos or teach online. I'm simply using a machine that I sell and when you buy it from us, that helps me make more videos. That is win-win for everyone!

So far I've received a lot of questions on Youtube about why THIS machine? Why entry level?

I picked Eversewn because I really love the quality. I stitched on all of the Eversewn machines in the line at VDTA and found them all to be sturdily built and have beautifully balanced stitches. It also included features like needle up / down that I just can't live without.

Yes, we will eventually carry all Eversewn machines and we can easily special order any of them for you if you like. Click Here to contact us for help.

I'm also now a dealer for Grace Company. Again, this was a process of finding the right machine that I can use and support completely. We're in the process of adding the longarms and frames to our quilt shop so for now you can contact us if you're interested in learning more about them too.

As for the level of the machine, yes, this is an entry level sewing machine.

Do I have to use a machine that costs $1000 and has 500 decorative stitches? Nope. I don't think you need to spend tons of money on a sewing machine in order to quilt your own quilts. It's time I practice what I preach! The 1980s Bernina machine I've been using for the past two years still retails on Ebay for well over $1000.


Is the Eversewn Sparrow 20 perfect? No. None of the Eversewn machines have a knee lifter and yes, that is a feature I'm going to miss. I like the convenience of having that bar to lift my presser foot.

But do most quilters have a knee lifter? Probably not. I realized in making my walking foot videos that I was taking it for granted that most people watching would know what a knee lifter is and have one.

Yet that isn't a feature usually included in machines that retail for less than $700. By taking it for granted that you would have one, I was automatically teaching to that audience.

It's taken me years to become a good quilting teacher and I believe the most important and essential thing is to never take anything for granted. I regularly try to put myself into the shoes of a beginner making her first quilt. I believe using an entry level sewing machine will help me be a better teacher for exactly that reason.

My slogan is "Let's go quilt" and I want to teach everyone how to quilt. Now I'm quilting on an Eversewn Sparrow 20 and you can buy it from me if you like it. It's really that simple.

Let's go quilt,

Leah Day

6 comments:

  1. I'm glad to see you become a dealer for these machines. They look like a really good sewing machine at an amazing price point. Perfect for newbies, as well as those with high end heavy machines that want a good reliable lightweight machine to take to classes & retreats. And, definitely a 'must' for encouraging kids to learn to sew.

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    1. Thank you Darlene! I'm so glad you like them!

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  2. I've been considering one of these, thanks for the informational videos. I'll be in touch. Do you carry accessories like the acrylic clear table, etc?

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    1. We carry an affordable sewing table already that would be perfect for the Eversewn machines. You can find it here: https://leahday.com/products/affordable-sewing-table

      I don't particularly like extension beds that sit up on top of a table because they don't fix the issue of the machine being lifted a good 3-4 inches higher than is really comfortable to sew and get easily hung up on the quilt. But I can easily order anything you want to go along with your Eversewn!

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  3. Best of luck with this new portion of your business!! I'm not in the market for a new machine, but new quilters will certainly be pleased with the price point and the support.

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  4. I'd never heard of these machines until I read about Scott Fortunof giving them away to people in need. He gives the Eversewn Maker 200. Do you follow his blog or FB page? His company just bought out Free Spirit. It's very interesting.

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