I approached sewing much like I did photography. I learned all the ins and out of the Canon Rebel - before EVER thinking of getting the big boy, 5D MII.
I have learned through this process that you can't push your tools to limits unless you practice - practice and practice. AND even more valuable: LISTEN. Listen to what your peers are saying, learn from them, don't take anything personally. This is how you can determine if improvements can be made by you or are your tools limiting your ability to do what you want or at the level you expect.
My Viking Platinum 750 had been with me for almost six years - I bought it brand new and I only started really using it two years ago. This machine has/was great for me! I had two issues: Tension [I had to change this every day] and the short arm length. Which made quilting at home an absolute nightmare. Even a baby quilt. I know some people can do it - I have watched several videos, I just couldn't make it work. After each quilting session I felt like I had been beat up and ran over by a bus.
|[Viking Platinum 75|
During a recent tip to my LQS [River Quilts in Camas, WA] I was admiring the quilting on Kathy's quilt [teacher] and I asked her how she did it and she told me that she had done it herself with the Janome Horizon 7700. I started to research this machine and found that there are several quilters I know that have this machine. The price tag was a little more than I wanted to spend though, $2999 MSRP.
I knew that there was a quilt show coming up [NW Quilt Expo] and Janome was going to be there with demos, so I waited patiently for last weekend. I ended up spending almost 45 minutes with the Janome rep - she was super helpful. I was sold. They were having a show special partnered with a LQS that is not very convenient to where I live. So I left the Quilt Expo and went directly to my favorite sewing machine store Montavilla Sewing Centers. They were having a special on the Janome Horizon 7700 - two years interest free financing and even better... I could trade in my old machine. Where do I sign??!!!
So here she is in all her glory and 11 inch arm...
|[Janome Horizon 7700]|
Here is a site that I found VERY valuable in my search for a good overall machine: The Free Motion Quilting Project - Leah's videos are really good and I just love her honest opinions.