I was going ahead with my regular posting when I realized my next would be my 100th post! So I thought I would do something a little different than my regular quilting posts and share what I should have posted 7 months ago. My "new" longarm machine! It's actually a used 2009 Nolting Funquilter that I bought from the AQS show in Des Moines last fall. I was really nervous about getting it, but I really love it and it should (eventually) pay for itself.
My table is 14 feet long! So I should be able to quilt about any size. It's just long enough to barely get the vacuum cleaner through. Some other features to note is the stitch regulator. I confess that I have been using it a lot more than I did at first. My old machine did not have it and learned to quilt without it. But now I am doing designs with more detail and I feel that I have a lot better control and acuracy. I can work my way slowly through an area and then pick up the pace. I really like having the option of turning the stitch regulator on and off. I also have zipper leaders with an extra zipper set to have the next quilt ready to put on. Which rarely ever happens- I dont normally think that far in advance, but they are really nice to have.
And here is my view from the "drivers seat". Actually there is no seat. I stand. I don't know how some people can sit and work on thier longarm and manage to scoot thier way down the quilt as they are quilting. At least I think that's how they would do it...
(Guess what 2 quilts I'm going to post next!)
This was my old machine when I very first got it in spring of 2009. It was a Nustyle 228 and was traded in to Nolting. An oldie but a goodie. We eventually added a third set of legs in the middle of the table because the machine kept rolling towards the center. And only 2 tubs of fabric underneath! I don't hardly remember only having just 2 tubs. This was just a brief moment in history before they multiplied. There's about 4 or 5 now :)
Anyways, here's to another 100 posts!! I have come a long way in the last 3 years. Thanks for reading, following, viewing, and especially for your kind comments!