Day 1…Needful things for Quilters…

Day 1...Juki Sewing Machine 1 daysth

Now I know we pretty much all have a sewing machine…or two or three or even more…But I just have to talk about the sewing machine I use 99% of the time…It is my #1 Needful thing…Most of you probably have never heard of Juki…so let me just say they are not new to the market…Juki is well known in the garment industry and are mostly industrial machines.  I think I have had a Juki for about 8 years now…I also own 2 Berninas, 1060 and a 1530, and a couple of featherweights…one black and one white. I confess this to you so you also know what I am comparing to and you all know I teach all across the country and have stitched on many machines.

I bought the Juki with the intention to use it as a second machine to have set up for machine quilting my little quilts, and also so I didn’t have to change the walking foot from my regular foot on my Bernina…that would have been nice, right?…Juki has entered the quilt world with a semi-industrial machine for quilters.  Here are a few of the features that the Juki machines have…all metal…no plastic bobbins, no plastic feet,  comes with all sorts of feet including 2 free motion feet and a walking foot, a larger 9″ opening between the body and the arm, so machine quilting would be easier to handle.  It has a nice extension table, this is nice for retreats, I have it embedded in my table usually.  The machine ONLY stitches straight.  Now this might be an issue for some, but I was only going to use this for machine quilting…The fact that it only stitches straight is actually a plus…nice tension all the time, single hole throat plate .  It holds large cones as well as regular thread…It has an automatic thread cutter, automatic needle threader , knee lift and stitches 1500 stitches per minute or something like that, in other words it is FAST.

After stitching on this machine and using it.  I did not want to stitch on anything else.  It “pieces” beautifully…I didn’t have to hang on to my threads at the start, the feed dogs are nice and close together and  fed my little pieces in nicely.  Having the single hole meant my piecing wasn’t sucked down into that oblong hole… and again…I could stitch, cut my thread with my foot(or there is a button, but I like my hands free to hold on to my patches) knee lift my presser foot and be on to the next thing…I especially love piecing triangle paper on the Juki for all the reasons I just stated…Now I know being fast really should not be an issue, right? We want to be accurate!  But let me tell you, if I am stitching strips, borders or you name it…fast is handy…I tried going back to my “regular” machine to piece on…it was almost painful!!! Just shoot me…I loan this machine at The Gathering, but it comes with a warning…if you stitch with it you WILL be going home with it!  I think only one person didn’t buy one after she stitched on it for a weekend…lol…They also have updated the Juki recently…I have a TL98Q, now they make a TL2010 Q1, they have updated to an LED light…they have added a Turtle and a Hare button, if you want to control how fast it can go…and they changed the foot pedal, a bit…I love my 98 and the features they added do not make a difference to me…so I am keeping my 98.

Here is the only con to my Juki…it is heavy…but it is all metal!  You can’t have metal parts and it be light!…I think of it like today’s featherweight-but it is not light.  Anyone can work on a Juki…it is a basic machine, it has no computer…it just needs to be oiled and used and it is happy!

So if you are ever in the market for a machine, please check out the Juki’s and you can read all the technical words I should have used to explain it.  They now have a presence at the larger quilt shows and will soon come out with a long arm, that will be most reasonably priced.  I do sell the Juki 2010Q1 at my store…I could sell other machines but remember what I said, I only sell what I use…therefore I sell the Juki’s.  I am placing the Juki 2010Qi on sale now until the end of the year at a special of $899-(yes…not a typo) including shipping.  This is a great deal.  We will order more for this same price as long as you order before the end of the year.  JUKI    In 2013 they will go back to $999.00 still a great price when you think about what you all get with this machine!  Please allow a few weeks for delivery…we will not charge your card until we are shipping it.

In this “needful series” I could have talked about a lot more things…but I promise to do so in posts in 2013 or like I said the YouTube videos, where a video would be easier than taking a 100 pics and writing about it.

Here are some of the things on my list for next year:  1/2 square and quarter square triangles….single and double fold binding….instant antique….fusible web..especially Steam-a-steam 2 LITE….Cutting….Blanket stitch…stem stitch…colonial knots…couching…and that is what is on my list so far…if you have anything that I may have missed or you need help with please email me and I will let you know if I know enough about it to help you…I am also going thinking about  doing a Stitch-along project on YouTube…we will cover each block and have step by step lessons for an ongoing project.  Hopefully you can join me…we will offer a kit so you will have everything you need to Stitch Along…let me also know if you think this may be something you are interested in…

Yesterday’s winner is….Comment #112…Pam Miller December 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Lisa, I love all the tips you have given us. The circle template will certainly improve my circle making. I can’t wait for a few free minutes to get started on another project. I made the candle mat in your Primitive Christmas book and sent it to my sister in Virginia for Christmas. It turned out great and I can’t wait until Christmas Day when she calls me to let me know how she likes it. I could have used the circle template to mark all of those circles. Maybe next time.  Merry Christmas!

Pam…please send me your address and we will send you some Snowman Gathering goodies!  It will be a surprise!

Please comment today, as I will be picking winners for today’s post…as well as a sheep ornament kit for 12 lucky winners from my Christmas Blog Hop…so if you didn’t comment on that post get back there and do so…hope you all are enjoying your families at this time…LB


236 responses to “Day 1…Needful things for Quilters…”

  1. lynnrodby Avatar

    Merry Christmas Lisa!
    Love all your hard work at Primitive Gatherings
    Lynn

  2. Karen Avatar

    Thank you for all the needful things ideas. I have enjoyed all the posts. Merry Christmas!

  3. Cheryl Rudnytsky Avatar
    Cheryl Rudnytsky

    I currently have a Bernina and recently purchased an HQ Sweet Sixteen, but I am certainly interested in a Juki and plan to add one as soon as I can. Sharon Schamber swears by them, too. Thanks so much for your tips. I hope to see you when you come to Lakeland in March.

  4. Carol Eberhardt Avatar
    Carol Eberhardt

    Dear Lisa,
    Thank you so much for the twelve day gift of your expertise. I could ask Santa for every single thing you find “needful” but will settle for what I can currently afford! Better than things though are all the great tips that will help me perfect my skills. I look forward to your future assessment of the Juki long arm machine as that has been on my wish list ever since a friend let me long arm a quilt last year on her machine. Looking toward to the after Christmas sale. Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Carol

  5. Perry Avatar
    Perry

    I am familiar with the Juki, have wanted one for years, for all the reasons you have stated. Alas, my budget does not include Juki purchase at this time. However, I still want one, lol. Have enjoyed your Needful things ideas. Merry Christmas!

  6. Kathy O in GA Avatar
    Kathy O in GA

    Lisa – I just want to thank you so much for the wonderful tips and insights into your most needful things! Hope you and yours have a wonderful Christmas, and join me in having a very Happy New Year in 2013!

  7. pineneedles4 Avatar

    I can totally relate to your comments on the Juki TLQ machine! I bought one last summer and I don’t like to use anything else now. I even sew my clothes on this machine and switch to the other machine just for buttonholes! Of course, I do still use my serger for the seams but this is the main machine for all sewing now! It’s so easy to piece quilts with this machine. Love, love, love my Juki!

    Vanessa in Oklahoma

  8. Julie - Me & My Stitches Avatar

    I will attest to how fast you can sew on your Juki – I think there was smoke rolling off when I was there! Love the stitch-a-long idea – and it would be great to have videos and lessons on some more stitches. I have relied on You Tube to learn a few but I’m not always convinced that they look that great! Have a Merry Christmas!

  9. Rebecca Lake Avatar
    Rebecca Lake

    I’d never heard of Juki until recently when I was looking for a new machine. Mine is very basic and since I was just learning to quilt it was fine. My husband did research as well as I did and we both came up with Juki!! I love mine and have enjoyed using it. Thanks for sharing your Needful Things. I’ve really enjoyed learning from your knowledge. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  10. Denise Cabral Avatar
    Denise Cabral

    Lisa, I love your website and blogs. You have become one of my favorites because you have things that I want or need. I will be watching for your videos!

  11. Diane Avatar
    Diane

    I have friends who also have the Juki and love it. It does sound like a 747 when they get going!

  12. Joyce Beenes Avatar
    Joyce Beenes

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. My husband has planned another quilting store vacation for me and we will be stopping by. I will need to check out the Juki machines!

  13. Jan Avatar
    Jan

    I have several Berninas, too. Have never used a Juki. May have to give it a try. Right now I would love to sew on any machine as we have been without power for 8 days with no end in site, according to the power company.

  14. Susan Bish Avatar
    Susan Bish

    Lisa, I have really enjoyed your favorite things blogs. It was like having a personal shopper pointing out all the really valuable things I need in my sewing room. Please do the sew along. I live too far from you to take classes in your shop but would greatly value gaining knowledge and skills from you. Such a great idea! You have so much to share! I will “stay tuned” for that to come.

  15. Nancy Martin Avatar
    Nancy Martin

    Wow Lisa, the list for next year sounds great. Also the Stitch Along. I am starting a bucket list and coming up to one of your retreats is on it. Wish I had known about the Juki. I just bought another Janome. Merry Christmas to all, now back to finishing my binding. Nancy

  16. Rebecca Avatar
    Rebecca

    Fun series of posts with needful things. You have given me a few hmmm moments!

  17. Cheryl Keown Avatar
    Cheryl Keown

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thanks for the very useful tips and needful things ideas.

  18. Patricia D. Roberts Avatar
    Patricia D. Roberts

    You certainly have a knack for tempting me to buy things for sewing. Thank you for all your tips and advice.
    I don’t have enough time to do all the things I want to do. But I am trying. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  19. Cheryl C Avatar
    Cheryl C

    You’ve convinced me…I want a Juki! Now, I really have to get serious about saving my pennies. I think a class on you tube is a great idea. For all of us who don’t live close enough to take a class in person, this would be a perfect option. I’ll be watching for that.

  20. Andrea Avatar
    Andrea

    I have loved this series of needful things. I did try a Juki once when someone had one at a retreat, and I can say that you are right, they are a fabulous machine.

  21. Pilarín Avatar

    OOOH!!! Una máquina muy especial!!! Esto es el Ferrari de las máquinas de coser.
    Merry Christmas!!! Feliz Navidad desde España!!!
    Besos,
    Pilarín

  22. Maggie Hagman Avatar
    Maggie Hagman

    Hi Lisa,

    I too LOVE LOVE my Juki. I have the same model, but am going to keep it and not upgrade. I ordered a 1/4″ foot from Ed Raichert that is specially made for quilters and is better for quilt fabric density than the 1/4″ foot at came with it. I have probably recommended that for to at least 10 other Juki owners, and everyone that has bought one LOVES it! I first read about it on the Juki Yahoo site a couple of years ago.

    It’s wonderful reading all your posts! I am a lover of handwork thanks to my aunt teaching me embroidery, quilting when I was 15. That was 40 years ago and she is hand stitching at 80.

    I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!

    Maggie in Ham Lake, MN

  23. Alice Avatar
    Alice

    Merry Christmas and Happy Sewing!

  24. Maggie Avatar
    Maggie

    Love my Juki! I too have a Bernina and Featherweight, but if I had to sell all but one, I would keep the Juki!

  25. Skye Avatar
    Skye

    The stitch along project sounds great. Happy (upcoming) New Year.
    Meanwhile, have a very Merry Christmas, Lisa.

  26. Mary Beth Avatar
    Mary Beth

    I think the single hole throat plate would be a big advantage. I also wish my machine had an automatic thread cutter.

  27. Sharon Zabransky Avatar
    Sharon Zabransky

    I too own 2 Berninas and 2 Featherweighs. I love all of them! Merry Christmas to all the staff at Primitive Gatherings 🙂

  28. Jodi Avatar
    Jodi

    Hopefully one day I will own a Juki, Have a Merry Christmas and thank you ……

  29. Pattywacks Avatar

    Never heard of the Juki, but it sounds with while checking out. Good tools make such a difference no matter what you do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  30. Diane K Avatar
    Diane K

    I really appreciate all the time and thought you have taken in giving us your needful things. I have drooled over all of them, but this is the topper. I have thought of getting a new machine and now it may be a Juki in the future. I now use a all metal Singer for the 1970s and it would be a treat to have the features of the Juki.

  31. Peggy Avatar
    Peggy

    I am so glad to know about Juki. I didn’t know anyone made a none computer machine today. I use a Bernina 930 because it is mechanical. I wish I could order one today, but that is not possible. I will keep the Juki in mind if I am ever able to buy one in the future.

  32. lzeider Avatar

    I have enjoyed all your posts, but today really caught my eye. Several years ago I purchased a PC Quilter. The lady threw in a Baby Lock Quilters Pro. To me this looks similiar to the Juki. I have never used the PC Quilter or the Quilters Pro. No place to set it all up. Now I am thinking, after reading about you and your Juki, that I should get it out and at least try it. You have motivated me.

    I also am interested in a Stitch Along for next year.

  33. Jackie Avatar
    Jackie

    Lisa, I’ve appreciated all the time and thought you’ve given in selecting your favorite needful things. I’ve added a few to my list of must haves. I’ve never heard of the Juki, but the next time I’m in the market for a new machine, I’ll definitely check it out.

  34. wendy Avatar
    wendy

    I will for sure be watching your video tutorials and am anxious to follow along!!!
    Merry Christmas!
    Wendy

  35. Carol Caraccia Avatar
    Carol Caraccia

    Thank you for sharing your tips & insight with us. I have found your 12 days of needful things to be absolutely wonderful and fun! I have ordered a couple items and will probably be placing another for one or two more items. Merry Christmas to you & your family!

  36. Renee Rettler Avatar
    Renee Rettler

    I bought a Juki from you and I absolutely love it!! I have really enjoyed all these great tips and posts, thank you so much for taking the time to share with all of us. I hope you, your family and all the quilters have a very Merry Christmas!

  37. Sandy Kipphut Avatar
    Sandy Kipphut

    Lisa, Thank you so much for your 12 days of needful things. I learned a lot. I would love an ongoing project on YouTube. I also love your summer BOW. I wait at my mailbox every Wednesday during the summer for them to arrive. Can’t wait to see what this summer brings.

  38. beckyrab Avatar

    Glad to read such good things about a Juki. I never know what to suggest to folks looking for a new machine. I have an older Bernina and we’re best friends:) She knows my quirks and I know hers. Merry Christmas!

  39. Lori Avatar
    Lori

    Thank you Lisa for sharing the 12 days…It was something I looked forward to every day. (Now what will I do?). There is only over $1000. worth of stuff that I want to buy on here! Let’s just hope I get money for Christmas! Merry Christmas! xxx

  40. Joan R Avatar
    Joan R

    I agree with you. This is an awesome machine! Merry Christmas!

  41. Teri LaVoy Avatar
    Teri LaVoy

    Thanks for taking time from your busy Christmas Eve to finish up the Needful things. I loved looking at the blog every day. Now back to my SBOW quilt so I can relax on this most anticipated evening of all time. Merry Christmas to you and your family. May your year be filled with God’s blessings. Hugs from Oregon. Teri

  42. Maria r Avatar
    Maria r

    I have really enjoyed reading your 12 days of Christmas. Thank you for all of the great tips. Happy holidays.

  43. Paula Abay Avatar

    Lisa, thank you for teaching us all you do. I can’t wait to see the videos next year and learn more. The Juki machine sounds like a smart investment for those of us who do ALOT of piecing. Now to start saving up to buy it! Merry Christmas and a very happy New Years to you and yours!

  44. Sharon Bennett Avatar
    Sharon Bennett

    An all metal machine is so rare! I’ll be thinking about a Juki. I have an 18 year old Kenmore that I use now and it’s a bit clumsy. I do hear sirens in the background… that means Santa will be riding the fire truck down our street in a few minutes…. maybe… just maybe, my old Kenmore might get driven over by the fire truck and Santa will have to buy me a Juki to replace it?!?!?!? lol! Merry Christmas! And thanks again for all the tips! 2013 is a year for quilting! 🙂

  45. Kathy Y Avatar
    Kathy Y

    I absolutely loved this series. I spent way too much money but am getting some useful tools. Merry Christmas.

  46. Carol Avatar
    Carol

    I have really enjoyed reading the needful things posts! Merry Christmas!

  47. Penny Avatar
    Penny

    Thankyou for all your hard work on the 12 days of great ideas for all of us followers….Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  48. Stacy McDaniel Avatar
    Stacy McDaniel

    Thanks for all the great ideas! Can’t wait to try them out – and enjoy quilting in 2013.

    Stacy

  49. Barbara Jansz Avatar

    Merry Christmas Lisa and followers! Hope you find time and energy to do the stitch along in the New Year

  50. Nancy Avatar
    Nancy

    Hi Lisa… I haven’t commented every day, but I have read every day and your tips are informative and very helpful! I also loved the picture of your “redneck cooler”. Couldn’t help but wonder if your furry buddies would be anywhere in the area. But then I’m sure you had that part under control. 🙂 Looking forward to some Utube from you! Merry Christmas and my best wishes for the year ahead. Have that wedding quilt finished? 🙂

  51. Steph Avatar
    Steph

    I have a JUKI and Love it!! Thanks Lisa for your ‘needlful things’ blog. I have so many things I NEED now!!
    Happy Holidays!

  52. Fran Bianchi Avatar
    Fran Bianchi

    Lisa,
    Twenty eight years ago today I received the BEST Christmas gift ever, the birth of my
    son. Wishing you and your family Peace
    Love and Joy this Holiday Season. Looking forward to 2013 and all you have in
    Store for us. “Merry Christmas to all
    And to all a goodnight”

  53. Debbe Avatar
    Debbe

    OMG! I have been looking around and checking out machines whenever I get a chance. This machine sounds wonderful! Durable and efficient! Juki = Honey, I need a new machine!
    Thank you for all the tips and wonderful photos you share. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

  54. Lorrie McD. Avatar
    Lorrie McD.

    Well, my list is growing, of “needful things”. Thanks for sharing your expertise with us. My machine is in the shop right now, so that JUKI sounds interesting!!
    Merry Christmas to you, Lisa, your family and your staff!

  55. Norma Avatar
    Norma

    I am stitching along on my 26 year old Bernina 1130. It has seen me through kids’ clothes, doll clothes, toys and MANY quilts. For a while now I’ve been thinking about adding another machine to my collection of one! Maybe the Juki will be it. Yes, Id like the You Tube class. Thank you again for all your expert tips! Norma

  56. Bridgid k Avatar
    Bridgid k

    OMG Lisa, I have been wanting one of these for at least 2 years. I am sooo getting one of these. Thank You!!!!!!!

  57. carolyn Avatar
    carolyn

    I know people who have Jukis and swear by them BUT i am still in love with my 1030 Bernina–all metal and HEAVY but sews like a charm–it is about 25years old and still a favorite along with my Mom’s old singer feather weight she sewed her wedding dress on about 65 years ago! Merry Christmas to all!

  58. Brenda Y Avatar
    Brenda Y

    Lisa, I also have this Juki and love it!! I keep mine on my sewing frame to machine quilt small quilts but will have to give it a try just for sewing on it. Thanks again for your tips and I can’t wait to use my Gift Cert. from your store this week. Merry Christmas and Happy 2013 to all of you

  59. Bonnie Larson Avatar
    Bonnie Larson

    Thanks for all the needful things. Many are also on my list. Have a great Christmas

  60. Janet Avatar
    Janet

    Thanks for all of the tips. I love the idea of the You Tube class and am very interested in the big stitch quilting. Happy Holidays.

    Janet

  61. Rose Hunter Avatar
    Rose Hunter

    Thank you so much for all that you do for us with your wonderful tips and ideas. I wait everyday for your 12 Days of Christmas and am always blown away. I eagerly wait for your 2013 videos and other tips. You are truly an inspiration! A very Merry Christmas wish for you and yours.

  62. Betty Lockhart Avatar
    Betty Lockhart

    Your list of 12 needful things made a great Christmas gift to all of us. A creative idea – but what else should we expect from you?

  63. Bev R. Avatar
    Bev R.

    I’m a Bernina gal, but I’m interested! Thanks for all the good tips.

  64. Sandy O Avatar

    Hi Lisa, Thanks for all your wonderful tips and info that you have been sharing with us. Really enjoyed them. Looking forward to the UTube’s. Thank you for the info about the Juki. What a wonderful machine for quilting. I just bought a new Bernia 380 when my Bernia 1530 gave out. Did not want to put the money into it.Wish I would have looked at the Juki, of course there is always room for one more machine. Merry Christmas to all of you. Love your blog.

  65. Maggie Avatar
    Maggie

    The Juki sounds like a great machine. I have a Bernina and I love it but when I get a second machine I will definitely get a Juki! Thanks again for all the nice posts and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  66. Janet Kay Avatar
    Janet Kay

    I can see where the Juki machine has hands up over some of the other machines used today. Being all metal and heavier than some machines can be a plus. Being on sale sure is an incentive to get one! Janet Kay

  67. Cathy Avatar
    Cathy

    I bought a Bernina 10 years ago but really love my 20 year old Pfaff. I think I see a pattern here. Time for a Juki to join the family, don’t you think…

  68. Mike and Sharon Harmsen Avatar
    Mike and Sharon Harmsen

    What a wonderful way to end the year. Now just have,to hope that Santa was listening and put all those needful things in my stocking. You shop is by far my favorite one. My husband has to bring me there at least once a month. Happy Holidays and a Blessed and prosperous New Year.

    Sent from my iPad

  69. Mary Jo Avatar
    Mary Jo

    Thanks for all your tips. I was surprised to find that I already own almost all of your needful things and have been thinking about buying a Juki. The speed and thread cutter sound wonderful so I think it might be a good thing to buy with my Christmas money. I’m looking forward to your videos and think a You tube stitch-along would be fun and I bet I’d learn a lot. Happy Holidays!

  70. suejean1 Avatar
    suejean1

    Lisa, you have all the best ideas. A you tube stitch along would be lots of fun. The Juki sounds like a wonderful machine. Thank- you for sharing all your favorite quilting tools with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  71. Molly Avatar
    Molly

    Thank you so much for all needful things you’ve told us about. I especially enjoy the detailed descriptions and why you like the products. I don’t think we have a Juki dealer in our area but you’ve got me interested in looking in to this type of machine. I would really like the straight stitch piecing accuracy. Happy Holidays!

  72. Sue Kraft Avatar
    Sue Kraft

    Yes! Yes! Yes! on the Stitch Along video! I love the idea so count me in. I’m not familiar with the Juki but you make it sound great. I use two Berninas and a Featherweight and didn’t know there was anything better out there. Thanks so much for the 12 days of Needful Things. I have enjoyed every day! Merry Christmas to you and your family and friends — and to those wonderful helpers in the shop!

  73. Marj Avatar

    I have enjoyed reading all your tips and am looking forward to the You tube videos in 2013!
    Merry Christmas to you and your family from South Carolina!

  74. Mary flynn Avatar

    I’ve really enjoyed your posts. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!

  75. Barbara P Avatar
    Barbara P

    I look forward to your online tutorials and will be interested in doing a stitch-a-long. Thanks for sharing all your knowledge. Merry Christmas!

  76. Carol D Avatar
    Carol D

    I’ve enjoyed all of your posts…lots of new things to put on my wish list. I’m excited about your You Tube videos and would love to do a stitch along. Merry Christmas!!

  77. Dortha Avatar
    Dortha

    Enjoyed your posts.

  78. Marie Avatar
    Marie

    Lisa, I had an opportunity to learn about the Juki machine years ago and was unable financially to purchase one. Later a friend of mine was selling her Brother Nouvelle 1500 which is basically the same machine with a few minor differences. LOVE IT! I too would rather sew on that machine than any other. Well later another friend was selling her Juki 98Q and I was financially able to purchase it (she had too many machines and favored another). Anyway I was blessed to have 2 wonderful machines. I actually like the threader better on the Brother and the 1/4″ mark on the throat plate on the Brother, although the needle up/down on the Juki is rather nice. Both are wonderful machines! I have sewn on others but these two are my absolute favorites hands down!

  79. Janet D Avatar
    Janet D

    Thank you for all the great tips. Merry Christmas and Happy Stitching.

  80. SheriBeri Avatar
    SheriBeri

    This blog series was a great idea…but then it appears like you, Lisa, are full of them! Lol. I’ve enjoyed hearing/reading other people’s opinions on our common quilting concerns. Thanks everyone and happy holidays!

  81. Mary Schreiner Avatar
    Mary Schreiner

    I’ve heard wonderful things about this machine. Guess I need to look into purchasing one after the holidays. Thanks again, Lisa, for some wonderful treats and tips! Merry Christmas!

  82. Beverly Lawler Avatar
    Beverly Lawler

    Thanks for all the information of your needful things. Your sewing machine sounds interesting. Good price for all it does. Looking forward to ordering some of the products you had on your list.

  83. Laura Avatar

    Wow! Now I feel like I need another machine but I just got my Elna about 9 months ago so I guess I will have to wait. Thanks for the info, though!

  84. Jude Avatar

    I LOVE my Juki! I got it several years ago to use on a table top frame for machine quilting and even after slowly getting bigger machines I have never given up my Juki…and never will! Looking forward to a youtube class. 🙂

  85. Diann Selke Avatar
    Diann Selke

    I have been saving for a new machine and sounds like I need to look at the Juki….I currently have a Janome and a Computerized Necchi which I love but the throat is too small on both of them to do much free motion on large quilts. Love all your posts. The tips you shared were wonderful.
    Thanks,
    Diann

  86. Renee Stapleton Avatar
    Renee Stapleton

    I have heard a lot of good things about Juki machines. After reading how much you love yours, I just may have to buy one!

  87. Mary Storms Harwood Avatar

    I have so much enjoyed every post of your needful things. I too have the Juki like yours, and LOVE it. My favorite thing to do is sew binding on with the Juki. It NEVER slows down going through all the thicknesses.

  88. janet Avatar
    janet

    Thanks for the great tips this week. Really enjoyed….jmh

  89. Debby Avatar
    Debby

    Best 12 days of Christmas around!! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas and many, many thanks for sharing your ideas and information!! (not everyone is always willing to share so much information) . If only santa saw the list he could bring me a Juki!! Count me in on the quilt along!! I am making my list of what I NEED and getting ready to send it. Thanks again and Merry Christmas Lisa to you and your family.

  90. Mary Avatar
    Mary

    Can’t wait to see if I get Christmas money tomorrow and if so, may have to consider this machine. I’ve thought about it every since hearing you talk about it at the Crazy Quilt Retreat. I also use a Bernina but it is 25 yrs old and has a few glitches in it. Okay, off to make some poppy seed dressing!

  91. De De Avatar
    De De

    I’m loving all these needful things. Merry Christmas to all.

  92. Janet B Avatar
    Janet B

    A friend of mine purchase one after using it at the retreat house. She loves it and is a speed demon on it also. But with twin boys she needs to be. That will be another thing I need to try out. But I’m not so sure my husband would be to excited to see yet another machine come into the house. I love all of your tips and tricks. I love forward to them every year. Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season and a outstanding 2013. Come to North Carolina so I can see you and get some great wool projects.

  93. Mary C. Avatar
    Mary C.

    I have friends who have the Janome 6600 which sounds similar. I’ve been thinking of one of those but better consider the Juki as well. Thanks again for the info!

  94. Linda Avatar
    Linda

    You know we all want one of those machines now, you evil temptress you! Thank you for all you do for us in the realm of wool, primitive designs and quality customer service….including travel to all those shows so we can see you and your goods in person! Have a happy and very healthy new year!!

  95. Karen Shackleford Avatar
    Karen Shackleford

    Thanks, Lisa, for the info about Juki, and all the other swell tools you’ve featured. Have a blessed Christmas!

  96. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    Thank you sew much for the helpful hints. I would love to see a sew along, what fun!

  97. Julee Avatar
    Julee

    Thanks for all the needful things this month. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  98. Debbie T Avatar
    Debbie T

    Thanks for all the hints. I’m going to miss looking for them each day. Will be waiting for the informational videos. Merry Christmas!

  99. Jayne K. Avatar
    Jayne K.

    Merry Merry! Thanks for the 12 needful things. I looked forward to them through this holiday season. Looking forward to visiting your store in 2013. Love it!

  100. Sandy Avatar
    Sandy

    Thanks for all the great recommendations. Your sewing machine collection makes me smile. I have 3 Berninas (1230, 430 and 440), 1 small elna, 2 black featherweights, 1 white featherweight, and a serger. Also a Bernina Deco 340 embroidery machine. I use them all but think I’ll need to place an order for some of your “favority things”. Merry Christmas and thank you so much.

  101. Sharon M Avatar
    Sharon M

    I really enjoyed this Lisa and look forward to the vids. I think the sewalong is a great idea. I have really wanted to take a class with you so this would be wonderful! Just let me know when. Cheers!

  102. Tish Rodriguez Avatar
    Tish Rodriguez

    Thanks for the information on the Juki sewing machine. I first saw it at a Quilters Expo and fell in love with it, unfortunately the booth where I saw it was not selling it but it was for their use during the show. The owner was gracious enough to tell me all about it and yes….it is all you said it is! Thanks for all your tips and have a blessed Christmas Day!

  103. timberlandsjs Avatar

    I have the Juki mega quilter and LOVE it! I didn’t know they were coming out with a longarm. I’ve been saving my money for a longarm. Maybe I need to wait and check out theirs before I buy one!

  104. Edie Gottschall Avatar
    Edie Gottschall

    Really good series, Lisa. Personally, I think the YouTube idea is great because I don’t always want to travel to take a class (which can be very expensive when thinking about travel, motel, registration fees, class fees, etc.), and while I may not want to do the project offered in a class, I do want to learn the technique, and seeing it demonstrated at home, in my pjs or whatever, on my own time, and many other perks makes it even more desirable. Go for it, and I’ll be one of your frequent online students. Gotta go fill out my order now. Happy holidays.

  105. Judy Berna Avatar
    Judy Berna

    I have enjoyed your needful series. It has been great and will be waiting for your YouTube series. There always seems to be something to learn even if you have been quilting for a number of years. I want to start working more with wool and your circle blog yesterday was very inspiring.

  106. Susan G. Avatar
    Susan G.

    I have this same machine and just love it. I use it only for machine quilting which is set up on a B-Line quilting frame. I really enjoyed reading your needful series blog and look forward to your YouTube videos. Merry Christmas to you and your staff and family.

  107. marie Avatar
    marie

    Another machine—-got 2, maybe in the future. Thank you for the needful series, it’s been wonderful. You are a kind and generous person. Merry Christmas to you, your family and your quilting angels (staff)

  108. Rosemary Avatar
    Rosemary

    I too love my Juki…
    Thanks for a fun 12 days!
    Enjoy the holidays!
    Redhead

  109. Nancy Pleimann Avatar

    If you like it I know it is a good machine. Would love one. I will have to see what Santa says. Nancy P.

  110. Mary Avatar
    Mary

    I have really enjoyed your “Needful Things” blog – – one of the first things I click on to everyday! I have been keeping my eyes open for a second machine – – I saw Sharon Schamber sew on one of these in Paducah, but had never heard of it before and haven’t seen it any of the shops I visit frequently in SE Minnesota. Hummmm——maybe I have found my machine. Now I just need to save up a little money to buy it. Merry Christmas!

  111. Jill Avatar
    Jill

    There is something to be said for a straight stitch machine, that is why I love sewing on Singer 301’s. I will have to check out the Juki………it sounds like a fabulous machine. Thanks for sharing some great tips over the last many days. Merry Christmas.

  112. Gina Avatar
    Gina

    Well another informative post. I guess I will need to check out the Juki! I love the idea of a sew along project and would love to work along with you.

  113. Mary Avatar
    Mary

    You are so right about the Juki. I don’t own one, but I have been lucky enough to work on one frequently and I love that speed and quality stitch. I am printing out your post to share with my local machine dealer. They love the Juki and sometimes customers are skeptical about this machine they’ve never heard of. Thank you for all the great hints and your entertaining Blog posts.

  114. Linda Guzman Avatar
    Linda Guzman

    I really enjoyed your series. I’ve wondered about Juki Machines, and it sounds like exactly what I want. All I need is a good straight stitch. I love that they are all metal. Something for my daughter to inherit! Thank you!

  115. Kathy Avatar
    Kathy

    I also have the Juki TL98Q. I bought it with a B-line frame for quilting but never quite got the hang of it. I was planning to sell the frame and machine but after trying the Juki for piecing I just could not part with it. I thought I was a life long Bernina only fan but now I use my Juki 95% of the time and LOVE it!

  116. Sandy D Avatar
    Sandy D

    I wish I had had this info before I bought My new Machine. It sounds as if it has features that I could use. I have aLready had problems even though it is only 2 months old.

  117. Mary Avatar
    Mary

    Thanks for all the great tips and ideas during this Christmas countdown. I sure wish I lived closer to your store. That Juki is very tempting!

  118. Paula Bergan Avatar
    Paula Bergan

    Merry Christmas – I have loved all your posts and when I need another machine I will look into a Juki.
    thanks again

  119. Diane B Avatar
    Diane B

    You’ve provided wonderful tips and tricks to truly benefit US. Many businesses will use a time like this to push products they need to move or high profit items. I have seen or used most of your needful things and have found each and everyone of them to be must haves. I have a Bernina and have never seen or heard of a Juki but I hope to take some time to learn about them soon. Thank you so much for sharing your love of quilting with the rest of us.

  120. Mary Jo Jones Avatar
    Mary Jo Jones

    Thank you so much for all of the Needful Things posts…I have learned so much from you! Reading about the Juki makes me want one! Have a Merry Christmas!!!!

  121. Diane Avatar
    Diane

    Yes. I have to agree. I have had my Juki for years. It is a must for small quilting project. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas n Happy New Year. Diane

  122. Kathy B. Avatar
    Kathy B.

    Lisa, thank you so much for all of the useful tips these past twelve days. I watched the videos of you with Mary Fons (again) and can say you are a natural! Can’t wait to learn more from you! I have been a sewer for more years than I care to remember and have always used a Singer machine. My husband bought me one the Christmas before we were married and it lasted for nearly 30 years (the machine that is, we’re still married!) I have since bought a school model, convincing myself I only needed to sew a quick seam here and there. I have been retired from teaching since 2010 and I think it may be time to treat myself to a “serious” machine since I have been doing a LOT of mini quilt piecing. A Juki may be in my future thanks to your recommendation. Wishing you and your family the merriest of Chritsmases and a wonderful 2013.

  123. Lin Ochs Avatar
    Lin Ochs

    All great tips! I love your blog.

  124. Jill Bodwin Avatar
    Jill Bodwin

    Tempting! Merry Christmas Lisa and to all the quilters out there!

  125. Janet Friedrich Avatar
    Janet Friedrich

    This Needful Things series has been a lot of fun! Thanks much! Off to place my order now … have a wonderful Christmas!

  126. karen waraksa Avatar
    karen waraksa

    Lisa,You make the Juki sewing machine sound like a dream come true.  Your enthusiasm is contagious.  Merry ChristmasKaren

  127. DebrafromMD Avatar
    DebrafromMD

    I’m glad to read your review of the Juki machine. I think I really do need one of these .

  128. Ellen Sharp Avatar
    Ellen Sharp

    It has been wonderful to see all of your needful things!! Sounds like 2013 is going to be fun and exciting!!! Thanks somuch for all of you tips!!!

    Happy Holidays!!!

  129. Kathy Elwood Avatar
    Kathy Elwood

    I’m sewing on a 20+ year old Bernina and would love to check out this machine! I’m going to keep it in mind. Thanks again for all of your tips and the great information that you share! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

  130. Katherine Avatar
    Katherine

    I’ve heard before what a great machine a Juki is for quilters. Maybe someday… Thanks so much for your twelve Needful things posts. I look forward to your online videos! Merry Christmas!

  131. carol l Avatar

    So sorry to see this come to end, but I have learned alot. Looking forward to 2013 with Primitve Gatherings. Merry Christmas to you all.
    Carol L

  132. Joni Avatar
    Joni

    It’s been fun reading the daily needful things and thanks for all your tips! Merry Christmas!

  133. Patricia Carreon Avatar
    Patricia Carreon

    I loved reading each and everyone of your post. I ordered the iron and can’t wait to get it. Thank you so much for the many hints. I am especially going to use the circle one. Wishing you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas

    Pat C

  134. Lorene Avatar
    Lorene

    you are so right about the juki! i use to have one, but gave it to my dil when she first started to learn to quilt. she loves it! sigh…. i sure miss that machine. lol….. i have a fw, and a bernina 440. love them both, but the juki, well…… it is a wonderful machine!

  135. Jennifer Avatar
    Jennifer

    Lisa, I’ve really enjoyed your 12 Days of Christmas … quilting style! Have a blessed Christmas!

  136. Rose Avatar
    Rose

    Thank you for taking the time during this busy season to blog everyday about the things you find “needful” in your quilting, they have been most informative and I have loved reading them everyday. I am going to miss not reading your blog everyday. I love your online shop, and your blog. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  137. Andrea Miller Avatar
    Andrea Miller

    Ok, I have a Bernina, Viking and Pfaff but I think I have to have the Juki! Going on my wants list right away! Thank you Lisa for all the wonderful designs and wool, just the best eye candy ever!

  138. Chris brown Avatar
    Chris brown

    Would live to try to juki. Sounds like a great machine! Merry Christmas and thanks for the tips.

  139. Brenda Avatar

    I just have a Janome-not a high end one. Maybe someday when the kids are gone. Thanks fr a great series. Merry Christmas.

  140. Margaret Avatar
    Margaret

    I just have an old featherweight as my sewing machine. Would love a new machine. Someday perhaps. Nice to know about the juki.

  141. Barbara Avatar
    Barbara

    I have never seen a Juki machine. It sounds like a dream. Thank you again for all your ideas for Christmas, I hope you and all your staff have a Very Merry Christmas.

  142. Linda Frihart Avatar

    I’m been thinking about trading in or getting a straight stitch machine. You are so tempting with the JUKI. Know someone who does all her sewing and quilting on an older model and loves it. Like you say, it is a fast machine with few parts to mess up. Miss the medal bobins and haven’t seen one since my mother traded in her White. We should have kept it for straight stitching. I’m thinking about a Juki, Maybe I should sing that I’m dreaming of a Juki.

    Loving all you hints, etc. How about a tutorial showing you piecing on your Juki. I’m one who can read or watch a concept — both makes it wonderful.

    Merry Christmas. Hope you are home with a glass of wine watching the fireplace for Santa.

  143. Janet Houge Avatar
    Janet Houge

    Merry Christmas to you and your family and the girls at the shop. Like all your things you can’t live without. I been thinking of a new machine; they all get complicated. I have bought two featherweights; but need to get them serviced first.
    Can’t wait to come the the shop.
    Janet

  144. Nancy Avatar
    Nancy

    Lisa:
    Thanks for all the tips…many I already use, but many are new so I always learn more. I’m hoping to get at the sheep ornament soon….so cute! Many thanks, and I’m looking forward to a stitch along and your future U-tube stuff….
    Nanc.

  145. carol Avatar
    carol

    Sounds like a nice machine for easy travel. Busy day tomorrow 25 guests for Christmas. Hope you and your staff have a Very Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year.

  146. Melody Lenart Avatar
    Melody Lenart

    Love the thought of you doing You Tube Videos. Thanks for all the tips and can’t wait for the videos.

  147. Starla Peacock Avatar
    Starla Peacock

    Lisa I have really enjoyed the “needful things” series. Love the idea of you tube videos and the sew along. Please consider doing a video on big stitch quilting. I’ve been wanting to learn that for a long time. Wish I were in the market for a new machine. It just might be a Juki! Merry Christmas to you and your family.
    Starla Peacock

  148. Amy McC Avatar
    Amy McC

    Thank you again for sharing all of your favorite things. I love the fact that you are authentic and are willing to share. Thank you! Merry Christmas!

  149. Melodee Cartin Avatar
    Melodee Cartin

    I have friends that have Juki machines and love them. I have enjoyed your posts, you have enlightened me to some tools that I had to have. Happy holidays to you and yours.

  150. Sally from CA Avatar
    Sally from CA

    I am sorely tempted by the Juki machine, as I used to sew on an industrial machine, and you can really power along and get a lot done in half the time. I’ll have to think hard about this one!

  151. Barbara Jenson Avatar
    Barbara Jenson

    Thankyou, for sharing so many of your ideas. I’m thankful I found Primitive Gatherings it’s moved my quilting in new directions. Merry Christmas!!!

  152. Nancy Thomas Avatar
    Nancy Thomas

    Merry Christmas and thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas. Some day a Juki and maybe I won’t be intimidated about machine quilting.

  153. Shirley Avatar
    Shirley

    Love your post today, I only have one machine and love it, but have been on the lookout for another. This machine sounds perfect. Merry Christmas to you and yours

  154. Michelle S. Avatar
    Michelle S.

    Thank you for all of your terrific hints. I have enjoyed them and learned a lot. I think the idea of a Stitch-a-Long sounds fun and something I would like to do. Merry Christmas to you and your family! Michelle S.

  155. Cindy D Avatar
    Cindy D

    Thanks so much for all your hints and recommendations. Lots of good info. Look forward to 2013 and more info! Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  156. Donna Avatar

    Thank you for all your tips… It’s always great to hear tips and tricks like this from talented people like you..
    Donna

  157. Patti Avatar
    Patti

    Thanks for all of the great tips you have provided us. There are several that will be useful for me. Have a wonderful holiday!

  158. Linda E Avatar
    Linda E

    Would definitely do the stitch along. Great idea. Snowmen are my weakness, would love a surprise. Thanks again. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

  159. Linda Avatar
    Linda

    Thank you for your needful things posts. I really enjoyed them! I would definitely be interested in a follow along. A little motivation can go a long way. Merry Christmas!!

  160. Lisa Avatar
    Lisa