My original sewing machine died when the timing device stopped working correctly. I went to a local shop to have it repaired, but found out it was going to cost $100 to repair a machine that, frankly, has seen better days. So I took the plunge and purchased a new fancy sewing machine. I ended up with a Janome Horizon from a great little sewing store around the corner. I have to say, I feel like I got the cadillac of all machines with this bad boy. And after sewing on the machine for a week, I have to say I am quickly getting spoiled.
I will admit the squares did not get sewed together evenly. I was quite perplexed why nothing was lining up consistently. Then it dawned on me. The straight stitch option I used on my new machine was to offset slightly to the left of center. DOH.
It was a great learning experience, and I still think the rag quilt is cute.
The second quilt I started and finished on my new machine. I cannot believe how quickly it came together on this new machine! Granted this is a smaller quilt (again a baby/toddler quilt size), but I have never finished a quilt with such ease! I chose to go with HST as a chevron pattern. And look how cute it is!
I also learned how to free motion quilt with this quilt; and I have to say, I am in love with FMQ. It is like a giant maze in which you try not to overlap any lines.
I am very pleased with how this one turned out. I cannot wait to finish another quilt I have started.