…to the sewing machine decision! I really do appreciate all of the great suggestions about machines, and I have to tell you all that I really did a lot of investigating and checked out your suggestions. It’s amazing to me how many variables there are in sewing machines. That, and the prices. I think I was a little shocked when I started looking at how much a nice machine would run. But, after debating what I wanted, I decided to pick something that would do everything. And everything is what I got.

Hey Brother!

I ended up choosing the Brother QC-1000, and so far, I really love it. I had worried about picking a computerized machine (out of fear that it might be obsolete in a number of years) but from what I found is that the power of a computerized machine is so much stronger and can keep its stitches much more even. The cool thing about this machine is that it automatically senses the thickness of the thread and adjusts the tension and stitch power to keep the stitches all the same. When I first started top stitching my totes, I was shocked at how nice and even and not messy it looked, even when going over the handles and sides.


There’s so many features that I haven’t even had a real chance to work with yet, but I love the fact that it will be a long time before I run out of new things to explore on it. It’s such a dream to sew on, and I know that my finished products are looking a ton better. It’s fast, it’s smart, and it’s been a quick machine to learn, despite all the features.

And as far as features go, it threads itself, it cuts the thread at at the end of the seam, it sews front to back, side to side, and diagonally, it came with a walking foot, plus several other quilting feet (I have to get some practice with those soon!) and has more stitches than you can shake a stick at. Then, if I couldn’t find a stitch that I wanted it to do, I could upload a pattern to the machine and it would add it to it’s stitch library. It’s seriously, freaking cool!

9 Thoughts on “and now for the exciting conculsion…

  1. Ooh! Thank you for posting this. I’m on the hunt for a new machine and it sounds like you found a gem!

  2. Awesome! Well…What is her name?? :)

  3. Congrats on the new machine. It is beautiful and I am jealous. lol. I would love one of those but with 4 machines already certain people in my family don’t understand the need for one more. What is wrong with them???? Have fun with it and can’t wait to see more of your items.

  4. So glad you found your new love!

  5. three cheers for your new machine. i hope this is the beginning of a lovely relationship!

  6. Amie Miller on October 18, 2008 at 11:08 pm said:

    I have a suggestion Sarah…DONT name your new machine Rain
    I dont think I need to explain!

  7. Hi Sarah,
    I just need to tell you what your blog means for me. A year ago, I was just beginning to be interested in crafting and quilting, but did not like much the boring patterns and fabrics we have here in Quebec. So I googled ‘modern quilting’ and landed on your blog (Try it, it still works, your blog comes in the top of the list when you google modern quilting!) So, I clicked on your blog, fell in love with your pillows and other stuff, got linked to other blogs, discovered Denyse Schmidt and all the wonderful quilts and fabric designers you’ve got in the US, and so on, and so on. Today, I have my own Etsy shop, my own blog and I design my own stuff! I feel like I owe you something… Thank you so much!!

  8. Much congratulations to you and your new machine. I’m curious to know if you have named it yet. My featherweight is “Little Darlin'” and my Quilter’s Dream Elna is “Molly,” named for Molly Weasley, the ultimate homemaker in the Harry Potter series. The Hello Kitty machine came pre-named, though…

  9. hi
    You are wonderful!
    Sure am not the first person who tells you this.
    You have a wonderful wonderful creative mind and also you are very good looking.

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