Embroidery Sewing Machine
I have owned only three sewing machines in my lifetime. My first was a Kenmore, which is still going strong and is sitting on Sue’s work table. When we started to get serious about quilting I invested in Lily by Husqvana. I thought it was expensive at the time but it has proven to be a great investment (and really not THAT expensive). I have worn out the feed dogs and have had to have them replaced once, which I honestly never thought could or would happen.
A few years ago an acquaintance asked me if I could embroider some scarfs for her. I originally thought of embroidery by hand, and since there were 20 scarves and only 2 weeks before they were needed I actually thought NO WAY. But then I borrowed a friend’s embroidery sewing machine and finished the job quickly. Hmm. Did I need a third sewing machine?
For under $200 I invested in a Brother SE400 sewing and embroidery machine. I had no idea that there were machines that cut the thread for you, or filled the bobbin without taking it out of its case. WOW! So I did a label for Olivia (a.k.a. Olive) and her baby quilt:
and a loving tribute for my cousin who lost his son. It is made from one of his son’s shirts, and the label says “This is a shirt I used to wear – whenever you hold it know I am there. Love Rory xx”:
Recently I have found that I want to expand into machine quilting. All of our quilts up to this point have been hand quilted, mostly by Sue. That is a big task when the project is queen-sized but even more so during the summer months. It’s nice to snuggle under a quilt for handwork like quilting in fall, winter and spring but not so much when it is humid and 90 degrees.
So to Pinterest, Youtube and Google search I went to find information about machine quilting. I have found that I hold tension in my shoulders so I do not think long-arm quilting would be a good match for me – couple that with a perfection complex and it would probably put me over the edge. I think I can handle machine quilting with more practice . . . a LOT more practice. <g>
So, I found a walking foot that fits on the Brother machine and a free motion foot that can fit on Lily or the Brother. I will be exploring first the walking foot version of machine quilting, followed by free motion practice sessions. I cannot say that I will ever be comfortable enough with my free motion skills to allow it on an Etsy quilt for sale, but time will tell.
How do you quilt your finished projects? Have you ever tried a quilting service, and if so, how was the experience?
P.S. I’m not endorsing either of these sewing machines. I am sharing what equipment we use for discussion purposes.