I've had an industrial Singer straight stitch garment machine for years, and it sits in my living room and is used daily. But I can't quilt on it. I also have a Bernina Artista 730 which I DO quilt on, but only small stuff.
um. I don't do a lot of small stuff.
I have 3?4? queen or bigger tops just waiting for quilting. So, for the past several months, I've been researching sewing/quilting machines, and trying to find a solution. Most people seem to love their Janine Horizons, but I LOVE front or side loading bobbins, not drop in. Like, its a deal breaker for me.
Won't do drop ins.
Then my super talented friend Janice of Better Off Thread bought a Juki TL2000, and my mind was blown. Absolutely everything I want at a price I can (almost) afford. I ordered it yesterday (I got the 2010Q, floor model from Sewing Machines Plus), and because they're only like a hundred miles away, even with (free) ground shipping it arrived today!
I grabbed a stack of 2" squares (leftovers from Fall Quilt Market 2011), stitched them together (only 4 leftover), then put on my walking foot and went to town. The stitching is almost too perfect. Like, it looks storebought/factory made, which is kinda great, but not my style. Maybe I'll turn it into a wall hanging for my daughter's preschool? Or just a doll quilt? (Suggestions welcome!) I'm ridiculously excited. I'm gonna do a baby quilt tomorrow night, and then try to quilt one of my giants on Saturday. :)