I have a new tool-
My entry-level Singer, 15 years old, finally died on me a few weeks before Quilt Market. The same day, I found out that my newest fabric line wouldn’t be ready to show at this Market. So, kind of a crummy day. After being all sad and sentimental about the machine for about 12 hours (hubs gifted it to me when we were newlyweds), I realized it was rather fortuitous that my fabric wouldn’t be showing- now it made sense to skip Quilt Market and use the money we had set aside to buy a better quality machine instead. I was bummed to miss Quilt Market, especially since it was in Portland OR, but without any fabric to show, it seemed like a pretty easy choice to trade the nebulous benefits of Market- attending lectures, spotting trends, sourcing notions.. for the very tangible benefit of being able to sew.
I got a Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter… it’s a discontinued model which figures because it was the one I wanted- I just want a machine that can sew nice, straight seams really well and really fast. I did not want a touch screen or a million different embroidery stitches or a laser level- I just want a machine that sews. I’m like my grandma when it comes to technology; I don’t want to learn how to use something new, I just want to turn it on and have it work. I’m making my old-lady crone face now.
So, it is discontinued, but my local quilt store still had one in stock, so double-bonus. I got the machine I wanted at a nice price, they got it out of their inventory just in time to go to Quilt Market and buy some new stuff for the shop!
It really is a workhorse. 1600 stitches per minute! It’s heavy and sturdy. My productivity is through the roof. Other than that I don’t feel compelled to gush about the machine or to review every feature so I’m not gonna fake it- I am glad I have it; I needed it more than I knew, and that is that 🙂
Here’s the first thing I made with it:
It’s all fabric from my stash, and the piecing went insanely fast. I really did fall in love with the machine a bit. I’m trying to decide if the quilt needs a big black border or not. What do you think?