Friday, October 29, 2010

3 winners and a question.

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Okay, let's start with the fun stuff... giveaway winners! Thanks to random.org, here are the three winners:

Mug rug 1 - gray and yellow patchwork
#87 - Amanda said...
Oh- I love the rooster mug rug! Absolutely adorable!

Mug rug 2 - aqua and pink ticker tape
#71 - ladmquilter said...
Thanks for the chance your mug rugs are adorable and so are the book marks

Bookmarks
#33 - Rachel Hauser said...
Ya! I've adored those rugs. Oh, and those jumbo bookmarks are so cool!

Please email me with your full name and address and I will get your goodies shipped out to you (raggedyowl at yahoo dot com). If I don't hear from you within a couple of days, I will go ahead and pick another winner. A huge thanks to everyone who took the time to enter my giveaway, I wish you all could win!

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And now onto the question. If you read this interview from the other day, you know that I am really hoping for a new sewing machine for Christmas. I would really love some advice on what to get. If you have a minute, please leave a comment and tell me what you use. I'd appreciate any recommendations!


Have a wonderful weekend!
xoxo, Angela

17 comments:

Jeni said...

Oooh, a new machine!! Awesome!

I don't know too much about newer machines but I'll put my cheer in for Janome! I have a Janome machine (Memory Craft 4800) from my Mom. It's about 10 years old and has served me VERY well! It has never been serviced (or taken for a cleaning, whoops)! For being 10 years old it actually has lots of great features. I've never used any other brand machine, but I no complaints about Janome!

Mary said...

I have a BabyLock Decorator's Choice and I LOVE it! I don't have any experience with any other machines, but I've had mine for just over a year and it has been able to handle everything I've thrown at it.

Sarah Craig said...

I've always used Singer machines, but now that I'm quilting, and working my Singer so hard that I know I'm going to need a replacement in a year or so, I'm looking at Juki TL-98Q. Crazy Quilt Mom recommends this machine, too. It doesn't zigzag, but for quilting, it's got a wider throat, and is a real powerhouse, apparently. And, at least to me, it seems reasonably priced for my next step up. Good luck and I'll be interested to see what you end up with!

Megan said...

Bernina all the way baby! I loooove my 440QE, just go test drive one. Not cheap but they offer 12 mo no interest financing.

Great interview- I somehow missed that one!

Darci said...

My Mom who has been sewing for over 50 years and has had a billion sewing machines swears by Bernina. So that is what I will be getting. Depending on how much money I save up will depend on which one I get.

sewpurrsnickety said...

I love my Bernina Activa 230 Patchwork Edition. I fell in love with the 230PE when I was borrowing one in quilting class. That very same day, I marched myself right into the local Bernina shop and bought one (er, well, put it on their 12-months no interest credit card; it was great because I was also able to put my walking foot, specialty feet, extra needles, and other random accessories on the card, too). I call mine Mrs. Buttersworth because she sews like buttah. I love the "tool box" that came with the machine; it hooks onto the back for easy traveling. Also came with a larger sewing platform that I find especially useful for quilting. There are pictures on my Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/purrsnickety/3580895004/in/set-72157619029311968/ if you'd like a closer look!

Janna said...

LOVE my Babylock Ellure plus. It has embroidery so if you don't need that you can get the step down from it that is just quilting machine I think. I specifically bought it for the automatic tension and I absolutely LOVE it! I've had it for 4 years I think and have had NO problems with it! Hope you get and awesome machine;) I'm really wanting babylock's Imagine serger now - with auto tension and air threading. It's a dream to sew on!!

Rosina said...

Oh dang, I didn't win.... is it wrong that I'm secretly hoping that one of the winners doesn't email you so that I get a second chance? *grin*

Oooh a new sewing machine, how fun!! My last sewing machine was a Singer and it served me quite well for 10 years but I'll admit I abused the poor girl and she wasn't made for bulky layers and I used to make a lot dog clothing with heavy layers of fabric and when it started to stitch off kilter and couldn't be repaired it was time to look for a new one.

So my new machine is a Janome Sewist 625E and i LOVE it :) Oh my goodness can that thing sew through anything and I love the electronic needle start and stitch speeds. I've had it for about a year now, no problems and the price was very reasonable to :) Can't wait to see what you get!

The Pink Fawn said...

My family has always used Singers & they have served us very well. I currently own a Singer Futura which does embroidery as well. I love it & it's much more reasonably priced than some other of the big name quilting machines.

AMKreations said...

Congrats to the winners!

I guess for a sewing machine, it's based sometimes on what you can afford...at least it was for me. I like Kenmore, because that what I grew up using...so I have one that I call my workhorse machine.

I also have a Brother PC 420 - I know Innovis would've been better, but way out of my budget.

Lastly, I have a second hand singer embroidery machine. But I haven't heard good things about new singers.

I have a friend that recommends Phaff machines.

I hope you have fun shopping for one!

MichelleB said...

I'm in the Bernina crowd too. I sewed on one for years, tried to go to something else, and hated it. I have the 440QE and LOVE it. I don't think I could sew on anything else.

Rachel Hauser said...

Oh, thanks so much, Angela! I'm so excited to have won =)

Caitlin said...

I had only ever experienced sewing with a cheap EuroPro "Shark" from Target before I got my awesome new machine. I took some classes at my LQS which also deals in Pfaff. I fell in love with the Quilt Expression machines because they have a built-it walking foot that can be used along with other foot attachments, and the throat of the machine is 4 inches wider than your average machine. It has tons of stitches and digital selection buttons... I haven't even used all of its different functions yet, but I know they'll be there when I'm ready to try them!

Audrey said...

I have had a Bernina for 12 years and it has been a great machine. However,I was in the market for a new one as I think I have just plain work the Bernina out! So I just purchased a Janome 6600 - it was a great price and I got it for the longer bed, scissors cut, pedal free sewing, and ease of free motion quilting. You should at least try it. There is an awesome dealer in North East, PA. Excellent service and support from them!

Anna said...

fun, a new machine? I just got a Janome Memory Craft 5500. My uncle is a sewing machine repair man, so he recommended this one based on my budget and needs. I really love it, but it does have a couple things that bug me. It has the smallest button ever for backstitching and the slope of the front part of the machine makes it kind of hard to see the needle, etc. But I've looked at a lot of machines and this seems to be pretty much par for the course with any other machine. I did start peeking at berninas, there's a new one that looks really cool *I'm a sucker for good marketing and style

twin fibers said...

I'd vote for a Janome, too. I've had one for the past couple of years and I love it. I think mine is the 6600, too.
I do hope you get a nice sized box under the tree this year! :)

mommymae said...

i do not love my babylock quilter's choice. my stitches are often uneven and i have tension issues. if i had the money, i'd buy a bernina aurora. the stitch regulator would be awfully nice. good luck!