I have a very welcome addition to the team here at Quilt Central- I bought an industrial sewing machine. It's a re-conditioned one and runs very quietly. I have killed 2 domestic sewing machines by sewing thousands of donation quilts and QAYG quilts on them and as I was working so many shifts I decided to try to find an industrial sewing machine which just does straight stitch but with a strong motor.
As you can see the motor is much larger than my domestic machines. I put a QAYG quilt together this afternoon once we got it all set up and it sews through the thick batting like a dream. I had been spending a lot of time trimming the batting from the seam edges of the QAYG blocks before I joined them as my machine was struggling to sew them, so it will save me lots of time which I can spend on finishing off some of my UFOs. The seller told me that I will hardly ever have to change the needles, and he was very surprised to hear that if I changed my sewing machine needles every 8 hours of sewing then I would be using one a day. It self winds bobbins while I'm sewing and does back stitching and cuts the thread.
It's a dream to use and will be a much used machine which has meant that my neck and shoulders aren;t suffering at all tongiht, from trying to push the fabric through my other machine.
I'm a very happy quilter tonight and will have some finished quilts to show you tomorrow.
Hugs, Jan Mac