This is what happens when you take your husband to a quilt show: This was not planned. What was planned was to have his input regarding machines so I would know which one to start saving for. My goal, by the time I retired (but hopefully sooner) was to own one.
Last year when I attended the Iowa, AQS show I did my homework. I checked and tried all the machines took notes, compared features and pricing. Left confused and decided I do very well on my domestic machine and if I were to move to a different machine it would be a sit-down model. I was used to that movement. Using a long arm is very different from a domestic machine in how you quilt.
Domestic machine (after a year of practice):
Long arm machine (after a couple of hours of practice):
Greg patiently walked the floors with me, while I checked out vendors and tried different machines. He asked all the mechanical questions, pricing, etc. I played. And played some more.
We left. And talked. And did research. Looked at buying used. Talked some more. Called our dealer in KC. Talked pricing. And bought. Much to my surprise. And delight.
The challenge was finding a place to put the machine. The minimum space needed was 12 x 6. We had a storage room just off my studio that was 13 x 7. We painted, put down rubber mats and I’m in business.
I will need more lighting and plan to put quilts on the wall and shelving up near the ceiling but I want work in the space before I decide what and how and where.
Now for the learning curve. And more quilts. I am excited about the possibilities on larger quilts, especially when it comes to donations.
Blessed on the Journey, Jackie