|Isn't she pretty? :) I haven't even plugged her in yet and I am sharing her with you :)|
Yup. Can you believe it? :) :) :) I can't wipe that off my face! It is a brand sparkly new Janome 8900 QCP. I had the 7700. I loved the machine. Except one thing. That permanent hanging attachment for the AccuFeed system. The quilt sandwich would get caught on it. The batting would get stuck in it. When using rulers, I was constantly running into it. Minor inconveniences? Maybe to some but it drove me crazy and I would get wiggles where there were not supposed to be wiggles. Inconsistent stitches because I was having to tug and didn't realize a part of the quilt was caught in the dreaded hanging thing (that's what I called it). But I LOVE the AccuFeed system, LOVE LOVE. Actually used the walking foot even when piecing, always.
Janome has made many upgrades to the 8900. Getting rid of the dreaded hanging thing was just one. I found one or two 'negative' reviews. They were reviews by seamstresses who do not quilt. I don't know why someone would buy this machine and have no intention of FMQing on it. Anyway, I took the plunge. Impulsive? Don't answer that, it was a rhetorical question.:)
Her name is Roseanne. She is named after my Jr. High Home Ec teacher. She was a gem. She had the patience of a saint and taught me how to sew a garment and figure out a household budget, take care of an egg as if it was my newborn (remember that, do they still do that?) and cook from a recipe (recipe? what is that?? haha). Remember when those shirts that had no arms? The seams went from the cuff or end of the sleeve almost straight across to the hem of the shirt? I don't remember what it was called. Bad fashion is what I call it now. LOL Bat wings. That was my first foray into patterns and garment sewing (ok, and probably one of the last haha). It was maroon and black plaid flannel. And yes, I wore it. . . a lot. Anyway, my inability to follow a pattern was alive and well way back then. And she would explain the same thing over and over again. Look, this thing had FOUR seams holding it together! Not rocket science. It took weeks. But she stuck by me and I got 'er done :) I think she might be impressed with my new found sewing abilities. :)
I am now going to play and get to know Roseann better :) Until next time, keep on quilting!