Well here he is!
My huge new Juki HZL-NX7 (which I have never yet remembered) Kirei (which I have remembered). Yes that’s 12 inches to the right!! I went in to look at upgrading my Bernina and I tried quite a few but there were a lot of negatives coming out with them. The two biggest were that they are now made in Thailand rather than Switzerland except the biggest of them and the much larger bobbin. Now you may think a larger bobbin is a blessing but when you mostly do free motion at high speed the larger the bobbin equals further rotation which doesn’t equal better stitch quality.
Anyway as Franklin’s have an amazing selection of machines to try I also looked at the Juki, which to be fair I have admired for some time. I started with the lovely mechanical TL220 straight stitcher, it’s the only thing Lalla Ward uses apparently, which went like a dream and I was very tempted but the Kirei really took my breath away. I now don’t have an embroidery unit any more, but in ten years I hardly used the one I had, and I still have the Bernina B380 for workshops etc. I’ve even dug out Elsa’s old Toyota which now only does straight stitch but can do the mucky and heavy stuff.
So this week I had a bit of a play and then made some stockings for the village fair.
I also finished crocheting the market bags so made some pouches for them.
I have some dog quilts on the list for the rescue next. Yes I’m enjoying it very much!
Last Saturday I met up with Janis Martin for her to show me wire wrapping. It was something I bought at auction to help a friend out with funds when his workshop and entire stock burnt to the ground. I was rather pleased with the result and now know a few tricks to the technique.
In my efforts of clearing out I have started listing some books on my Facebook proper page https://www.facebook.com/AmandaHouseArt/ I’ve kept the prices well below Amazon or Abe Books but if you want to make an offer let me know. I will be adding more and magazine groups as I dig them out.
We’ve had a new wooden fence built over the past week or so so our weekend looks like a bit of gardening. I hope you have a good one too.