First Date – First frame quilt, a charity quilt

As I mentioned earlier this week, there’s a new machine in the house.

I’ve had a chance to play with it, and I’ve got a sort of preliminary review mostly of the frame. The machine in question is a Juki TL-98Q, it’s on a B-Line frame.

After a couple of mis-starts, things are going well. I managed about an hour on it each Tuesday and Wednesday, in a couple of small sessions , then about an hour and half on it on Saturday. No pain so far, which is good.

We’ve begun to bond, and I’ve discovered a few things so far: Continue reading First Date – First frame quilt, a charity quilt

Wow. Trade of the century.

So good a trade, I couldn’t even come up with a witty pop culture title.  I know you’re disappointed, I can tell.  😉

Early last week, a lady contacted me about the Coronado that I had for sale in the local buy and sell.  She said she loved it,  and wanted possibly a couple of machines I had to do up a display wall in her quilting studio.

While talking to her, she mentioned that she had a B-Line King sized Frame and a Juki TL-98Q that she was going to sell (She’s ordered a gorgeous computerized Pfaff Mid Arm with a frame.).  Continue reading Wow. Trade of the century.

Reader Mail – July 4th edition

Here’s a really common email that I get when I post a fully serviced machine, and the response that I always give.

Hi, I am looking for a sewing machine for my sister but I can only afford about $30-$40. Do you have any machines that fit that price range that would be good for a beginner?

I sincerely doubt you’ll find a serviced machine for $30-40.  Anyone who services machines in the city is going to charge $70 and up and that’s not including the cost of the machine.  That’s why my ads say that I’m selling them for less than the price of a service.

I don’t currently have any vintage machines that are in working condition that are not serviced. I’m not comfortable selling something like that because it may not work, or may have issues that will frustrate a beginning sewist especially.

You are doing the right thing though by looking at Vintage.  They’ll typically work better than new, and will be much easier to use.

Also, you need to find out what sort of sewing your sister will be doing.  If it’s basic clothing construction, or quilting, chances are a straight stitch machine is fine.  Zig Zag is a nice add, because it can help finish seams, but not 100% necessary.   If she’s wanting to embellish, she’d have to look at something more complex.

Vintage machines – What’s a servicing worth?

I received an email today that I just have to talk about.  It’s not the particular email, but the type of email I get fairly regularly.

From time to time, I sell a fully serviced vintage sewing machine on the local buy and sell.  Every time I post one of these machines, I will mention that I’m selling the machine for less than the price of a tune-up. Continue reading Vintage machines – What’s a servicing worth?