I Must Have It

Quilting has been a lifetime passion for me, ever since I first starting working on my first quilt with my grandmother when I was a little girl. She was a seamstress and was incredibly skilled at quilting and all kinds of sewing projects. She was the one who introduced me to the idea of crafting, and for that, I’ll be eternally grateful.

In fact, it was my grandmother who bought me my first ever sewing machine. She’d taken her time, looking for the top sewing machine for kids, and then presented me with it for my 7th birthday. I was delighted, and I’ve never looked back since.

Over the years, I’ve made countless quilts, using them myself, giving them away as gifts, giving them to charity or even selling them at craft fairs. There’s nothing I enjoy more than planning out a new quilt – choosing the materials, the colors, the stitches, the way it’s all going to fit together. It’s such a fun thing to do.

But after all these years, I’m ready to embark on more adventurous quilting projects. I’d like to be able to use embroidery to create more exciting patterns and to be able to do more decorative detailing on the different squares. I’ve seen some really exciting projects online that involve embroidery, and while I could do it by hand, that would take a really long time, and, if I’m truthful, my embroidery skills aren’t the best. An embroidery machine will ensure that my quilts have a professional finish.

My old trusty sewing machine may be an old workhouse, getting the job done, but it can’t handle embroidery. I’ve decided that it might be time to invest in a new embroidery machine that can take my quilts to the next level. Of course, I won’t get rid of my old machine just yet, but I’m looking into one of the most innovative computerized machines that can handle a greater variety of projects.

I’ve found from my research that the best computerized sewing machine can do hundreds of different stitch patterns, and can even customize them to suit my needs, so I can create my own patterns too. I love that idea. I’ve got so much inspiration just bubbling away in my head!

I’ve been looking into which models could fit the bill, and I’ve found a couple that I’m pretty impressed with.

 

Juki HZL-F600

I’m super impressed with what this machine can offer. It may be expensive, but it’s professional quality and is ideal for a passionate crafter like me. It offers a huge choice of onboard stitches as well as a lot of automatic features that blows a lot of other models out of the park. This model has over 600 stitches, including 4 types of fonts, 16 buttonholes and lots of other decorative and utility stitches. I can do everything I’ve ever dreamed of with this sewing machine. This model also allows me to create customized stitches of my own and patterns of my choice, and the memory can save up to 70 of them.

 

Juki HZL-F600

 

There are so many customizable features from programming needle positions to choosing the volume for alerts! Yet even though it’s a pretty complex machine, it’s surprisingly user-friendly with easy to navigate menus and a simple layout, and as for the basics, it has an automatic threader and drop-in bobbin for extra convenience. It can handle all kinds of materials and is perfect for quilting thanks to its crazy quilt stitches and the extension table for additional space for large projects. On the downside, however, this is an expensive model at around $1000.

 

Brother SE400

This machine combines sewing and embroidery in a high performing machine for a professional experience at an affordable price tag. There are 67 inbuilt stitches, 5 fonts and 120 frame pattern combos and further patterns can be imported from a computer. It has seven point feeds for smoother fabric feeding, an illuminated needle area and an auto threader. There’s also a bunch of handy accessories like screwdrivers, bobbins and scissors. With its intuitive design this is a versatile model that is highly recommended, however, it doesn’t have the table extension of the Juki model and it doesn’t have the crazy quilting stitch patterns.

 

Brother SE400

 

I think I’m going to go with the Juki, but I might have to save up a little first!

 

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