While my machine is on the fritz (deep sigh) I asked to borrow this Brother machine from my lys, Three Black Sheep. I said if it would fit the cutout of my sewing table, I would consider buying it as a backup machine, in case my beloved 6500P ever goes kaput again. It didn't fit, so I called and said I wouldn't be buying it and would return it as soon as the snow storm ended. That was last Friday. At last the weather calmed down and I was all set to take it in today. But then I thought, I won't have a machine again until the first week of April (another deep sigh) so I might as well take advantage of having this machine at my fingertips, and finally put on the binding of that quilt, A Different Palette.
It did a lovely job, effortlessly. Hmmm. I began to have second thoughts.
What it doesn't do is what I feel hesitant about. I am used to having my machine in a table, not up higher on top of a table. And I am used to a button that cuts and pulls the thread to the back with one push. Once you have that feature, it's all over for other machines. And thirdly, I am used to a knee lift lever. REALLY.
On the other hand, this machine has one feature I don't have on my machine. A stop and start button, freeing one from using the foot pedal. It really is NICE. Very easy to get used to and once I did, I was starting to weaken. It has lots of the same features that my Janome has, and the feet are exactly the same, as the manufacturers are the same. But it does other things easier, like changing the width of satin stitch with a slide lever, while the machine is stitching. And it has this very nice serpentine stitch, which I tried out with a twin needle and at varying stitch lengths and widths. I likey.
It free motion machine quilts perfectly too.
So what's not to like? Well....I really, really want another 6500P, but they have gone up $500 in price since I got mine and I couldn't find a used one anywhere, until today. It's an Ebay auction which ends Friday afternoon. If I can win that auction, then all will be settled. If not, then I'll get this machine. That's a lot of ifs. If you have a Janome 6500P you want to sell, email me.
In the meantime I thought I might do another recycle quilt, from the Print Parade series. I don't have much of the fabric featured in the original but do have lots of reds, greens and golds that could work.
But I didn't get any farther than this, and want to actually consider a design for this project. Imagine that.
Dave set up a bird feeder and we waited for two weeks before a bird showed up. Mostly we see nuthatches and black capped chickadees. Here's a cardinal with his feathers blowing in the strong wind.