For years I have toyed with the idea of a long arm. There are so many pro’s and con’s a girl can get lost in trying to weigh the options.
A Facebook acquaintance posted she was going to sell her Tin Lizzie 18. We chatted back & forth and to keep it short & sweet, it didn’t work out. I found, however, that I was already mentally invested in it. So I went on the hunt of a good used machine with a frame that would fit my needs.
I don’t want to enter competitions. I don’t have time to quilt for other folks.
I like the idea that quilts I make are made entirely by me. Outsourcing my quilting had definite advantages, but I never felt like I could say, “I made that quilt,” without some kind of disclaimer.
I did want a system I could upgrade if any of the above “don’t” ever changed.
Blogging bud, Bea of BeaQuilter.com, turned me onto the Hinterberg frames & Voyager machines. I looked around & investigated and decided this would fit my needs…and my budget. Hinterberg sold out to Nolting & I loved the idea that my machine supported a USA made company & line of products.
I ordered the machine for me to assemble & set up on my own. Before you gasp, know that when I called APQS, they suggested the same scenario for their machine if I wanted to be a dealer. There were definite pains to that process, but I believe I know my set-up so much better by having gone through the frame construction & machine installation on my own.
So, I am 1 quilt in, or rather out. Simple free-hand loopy quilting, a design I am already comfortable with from my free motion quilting. I think the same challenge for me, as with free motion quilting will be choosing designs.
I have another loaded (disappearing 4 patch using Enchanted Garden Charms), and I am ready to blaze a new path to a world of no quilt tops. Hope you are ready to join me on the ride!
I’m linking up with Sarah, go see what every one else is up to this week!