Sunday, March 24, 2013

It's Official - I Love IT !

What, you ask????  Well, my George sit-down long-arm...


 I will tell you, I struggled mightily with this decision - did I want a traditional long-arm?  If so, I knew I wanted a BIG one...  so I went to a store, took some lessons, and rented one...  I know people love them, but it felt like driving a big old truck to me..   I hated loading the quilt, I didn't like going in rows, I didn't like standing up, and I had to start skill-building from scratch...

So, I looked at these machines - but frankly, wasn't sure whether one gained "enough" to warrant the purchase...  But, after a lot of thought, I bought it - thinking that I could always sell it if it didn't float my boat.... how's that for a confident purchase???? ha ha

Fast forward six weeks - enough that it doesn't frighten me any more -
and I am cranking out quilts like no body's business...  so here's what I think now:

1) The wide throat is fabulous - my quilting is better quality cause I am not struggling with the quilt.

2)  I love leaving it set up and a project in progress - I just sit down and sew!

3) If you already machine quilt, your skills will transfer very quickly - doesn't take time at all to be comfortable!

 4)  My stitches look soooo much better....

5)  Is it faster?  I don't know - I think I put in more quilting now, so probably not faster, but definitely better. 
 other points: 
6) It is simple - a little oil, a little canned air(yes, it's ok in this machine, not so your Bernina), a new needle once in a while, and off you go..
7) that scary "tension" thing is mostly about just buying the kind of thread the machine likes to sew with....

I LOVE MY GEORGE - and my stack of sandwiched but unquilted projects is shrinking at record speed...

NOW IF IT WOULD PUT ON BINDINGS!!

I close with some family photos:: DH with the kittens in their 'outdoor activity' tent... usually its just for the kitties, not humans...
 and a furry snuggle -  - their favorite bed is on a table near my sewing machine
 how did those tiny kittens turn into such loooong creatures????  I do love them so.
Happy Sunday everyone !!!!  I'm off to sew...

Kate

2 comments:

Sara said...

That looks like a great solution to not have to stand and not have to learn new skills!! Hip, Hip, Hooray!

I am really learning that the thread your machine likes is what's really best!! Especially in the last couple of days;)

Carol E. said...

Nice report. I, too, have rented time on long arms and did not enjoy the process at all. Maybe a George can be in my future, too.

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