Machines and Tools: What I like

7.18.2012

Lisa @ Mom So Blessed asked me if I would share what machine I use to quilt with and the other tools I like to use in my sewing room. 

Sure! Why not! Besides, I like knowing what other people use and why, as well. =) 

My very favorite and the most important thing in my room is my Juki 98Q

I adore this machine!! 

She (all of a sudden "it" became a "she"...) does one stitch, a straight stitch and it does it to perfection. I rarely have to touch the tension knob.

 She is fast! Up to 1500 stitches per minute. I don't often take her to that speed, but I do find my self annoyed at other sewing machines that aren't going fast enough, so I must take her more to the limit than I think I do. 

She is sturdy. Made of metal and not a lot of plastic. Maintenance is a breeze. Oil her once in a while and clean to the lint. Easy peasy....

She is large enough to handle the biggest quilts. The area right of the needle is 6" x 9". Plenty of room to manouver a large quilt, and I have. Many times. 

In the two years I have owned her, I have never had any trouble what so ever. 


Two things here. The Pin Place magnetic holder and my favorite tweezers. I use the tweezers to pull the bobbin thread up to the top of my quilt when I am quilting and the Pin Place keeps me from losing it. I got the tweezers at Joann Fabrics. The Pin Place I found on line. Just give it a Google. 


This thread cutter I bought at Nolting's. When I am chain piecing, it's faster, handier and easier to use this to cut all the threads between the pieces than to use scissors. It came with a double stick tape to attach it to the machine, but I found it wasn't strong enough, so I attached it with a small piece of a Command Strip. It's not going anywhere any time soon. 


Machingers. Best quilting gloves ever, in my opinion. They don't stay clean long, but that doesn't affect the performance at all. =) 


Famore scissors.  The smaller 5" pair of scissors I won in the Quilter Wantobe Campaign last summer. Oh, how I ❤ these scissors. They cut like a hot knife through butter. I loved them so much, I asked for a 8" pair for cutting fabric for my birthday last year. They do not disappoint. I have a few more Famore scissors on my wish list. =) 


For pressing, I use one of two vintage irons I found thrifting. I own a Rowenta iron and it is very nice, however, once I started using these smaller vintage travel irons, the Rowenta stays put away. These babies get hot and they don't weigh a ton. 


 I bought the Polder Iron Cord Holder over 2 1/2 years ago and I have never regretted it. I will replace it if something should happen to this one. 


Several years ago, Russ made me a large pressing board to fit over an ironing board. When I found my pink cabinet, the pressing board found a new home. Originally I stapled the cover to the board, but after replacing the cover a couple of times because of the staining the starch causes, I no longer staple the cover on. Now I can wash the cover when needed and when it gets too stained for my liking, I toss it and make a new one. 


I hope this was helpful and somewhat informative. 

I would love to know what your favorite machines and tools are that you like to use. 

Happy sewing!





10 comments:

  1. Oh I too, love seeing what other folks use in their sewing rooms. I have hard nothing but good of the Juki. Is it a descent price range? I am a big fan of machines made with metal :D

    I have a couple of the vintage irons too and love them. They are my preferred choice. The newer models (and I've tried them all) eventually start leaking for me. I love that these old ones get good and hot.

    My hubby made me the big board ironing surface a few years ago and it's helped enormously for ironing quilt tops!

    I'm a big fan of tweezers too :)

    Thanks for sharing this. This was fun!!

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  2. What a perfect little sheep on your ironing board top ...what a lucky girl you are to have a handy hubby!!!

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  3. That machine is awesome! And I'm drooling over your irons. I need to keep a lookout for vintage ones. The new ones are just rubbish anymore. Great post, Amy!

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  4. I love seeing the tools other people use. I've often thought I should do a similar post, especially for people just starting out. Thanks for posting this.!

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  5. perhaps some of my issues with quilting are that i am not using some of the right tools!! your juki is cool. do you ever wish it had atleast a zig zag stitch?

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  6. Thank you for sharing your recommended tools. It means something since I see all your lovely creations and know you know what you are talking about. Totally adding the Pin Place to my amazon list!

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  7. WOW! Great post and loved reading about your machine and tools. I'm with Leslie...perhaps some of my problems are using incorrect tools. then again, I get quilts made -smile-.

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  8. Loved this post!! Full of great tools that I have never used!! I look forward to having a large ironing board surface! Thanks for sharing. xo Heather

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  9. What a great post. I love reading what works for other people. By the way I just read your spray starch recipe. I'm going to try that!!

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  10. I love, love, loved this post! It is exactly what I was hoping for! I've never tried a Juki machine. I own an old Pfaff which I had repaired recently (my favorite), a Janome and a Sears machine. I really don't love my Janome though I paid a lot for it a few years ago. The Pfaff makes the most beautiful, even stitches. Is the Juki like that? I never even realized there were vintage irons out there such as yours. One more thing to scour Ebay and Etsy for, not to mention thrift shops. And your scissors! I love an old pair of Gingher scissors I have. I don't really like the Mundial pair I own. So I am also going to be hoping for a pair of the Famore scissors. Thank you,too, for mentioning me. It was so sweet of you, my friend!

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