Switching Machines

Back in 1981 I traded in my Singer 525 sewing machine (with cabinet) for $125 and  purchased this Janome Memory 7 for $900. It’s amazing that I didn’t even bat an eyelash at the price. This machine owes me absolutely nothing. She’s a beauty and weighs about 100lbs! Definitely not an easy portable to take to sewing days or retreats. I used it for everything from dressmaking & tailoring to all the boat upholstery.

The boys even got to use it with the “slow” button on, making everybody they knew felt pencil cases. :)

She only ever had one hiccup and probably only ever had a handful of services. When I started quilting the hiccup came into play…the feed dogs would drop but not come back up. Made learning to free motion impossible to do.

For my birthday in 1998 I awoke to a brand new Bernina Activa 130 set up on the dining room table. I had no idea that Steve had actually listened to my complaints about not being able to free motion and he went in search of a new machine for me. Living in Powell River leaves you somewhat limited in what you can purchase locally but he did find a local Bernina dealer for Huckleberries in Comox. It took me a long time to warm up to this new machine. It did have a lot of things that the old girl didn’t like the knee lift and needle down. It was serviced on a yearly basis and even had it’s brainbox replaced in 2009. This machine was much easier to take to sewing days and retreats, much lighter.

Then came the deal of a lifetime and I couldn’t resist purchasing the Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP. I was instantly in love with this machine. I especially love the automatic needle down and thread cutter! This machine is pretty big with 11 inches to the right of the needle making sure that I’ll actually machine quilt some of my quilts instead of by hand or Joan! :) And it only weighs 30lbs!!

The Janome Memory 7 is still in use when my sister Patricia comes to quilt. The Bernina is on its way to the Bernina hospital in Comox and hopefully won’t be too expensive to fix whatever is wrong with it. I’d given it to my daughter Angela and she got 3 days out of it before it decided it didn’t want to turn on anymore. Surely it couldn’t be another brainbox?

I love my Janome Horizon Memory Craft 8900 QCP! Feels like home to me, thank you LS.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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