I've been getting ready for this project by looking into sewing machines. After much searching and research, I think I've settled on a Juki 2010q.
I have two currently -- a Bernina my mom got me about in 2002, and a Brother that I bought for my daughter a few years ago when she got interested in sewing. I've grown to love the Brother. I'm not sure why. The Bernina is a good machine, of course. But my mom passed away a few years ago, and everytime I start to sew on it, it makes me really sad.
Both machines are great for piecing, but I hate quilting on them. They are both so squishy. So, I've started looking at alternatives.
I wanted something that would be great at piecing, but also gives me space for quilting. I also didn't want to invest too much. (The law school was buying the machine, and I was on a budget.) So, I started to look at the options. I found, through lots of looking on blogs, the Juki 2010. I live in New Orleans. I couldn't find a demo machine. I did find the Brother PQ1500, which is a lot like the Juki, and so I tried that one. It was really fun. And people seem to love the Juki. So, I did some more reading, and people really liked SewVacDirect. I emailed them. They were great. And so, now, I'm awaiting approval from the law school to order the machine.
So, here is a picture of the machine I dream of:
Why this machine? You can add a table to make it turn and be kind of like a sit down long arm. It goes wickedly fast. It's under $1000. And, it has a big throat area so that I could to quilt for real, and not just the minimum quilting I do at the moment.
And quilters seemed to love this machine. So, that's the plan. We will see if the law school approves it. If so, we will be off and running!