Day 1…Needful Things…



So for those of you who have a JUKI’s what we have all been waiting for!!!!  I have to admit…I was skeptical…but…I was happily surprised…I stitched this new miniimg_9171…and it was amazing…I tried to derail it by trying to run over a dog ear…no wouldn’t do it!!! I first put my foot on and it was perfectly lined up with my usual tape bumper…so off came the tape…I happily stitched this whole mini and was very pleased!  The only thing…you have the put the other regular foot on when doing triangle paper…I managed to do TP with it on, but it was very difficulty to see…and I will not do it again…So here is the new foot if you need to order it!!!  NEW 1/4″FOOT– we have them on sale for $   We also have a few other things for you JUKI owners…oil with a spout…remember to oil those machines…and extra bobbins!!! images-phpimg_9120

Now for those of you who do not own a JUKI…Please read…

tl10q_lgEvery year so far people ask…Will you please do the Juki again this year?…. so here it is AGAIN!… popular demand…AND you could win yours free!!!

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 10 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. It comes with a walking foot and other feet for doing free motion quilting…I use the regular foot and stitch up against a bumper to get a scant quarter inch… Here are all the particulars from the manufacturer:

The NEW Juki TL-2010Q is a high-performance sewing and quilting machine. The TL-2010Q is a single needle, lock-stitch, portable machine, constructed of aluminum die-casting to ensure industrial-quality sewing.

With advanced features, such an industrial sub-tension system, variable speed control slider, and bright white LED lighting, this machine is built for precision sewing. With a large work area of up to 23 inches (with auxiliary table attached), the TL-2000Qi can handle large quilt, sewing or home decor project with ease.

Advanced Thread TrimmingJuki_TL-2010Q_FootControllerjuki_tl-2010q_footcontroller
The New TL-2010Q allows you to trim top and bobbin threads using the Exclusive foot controlled trimming system.

Just rock your heel back on the foot control, and thread is quickly and precisely cut.

Automatic Thread Trimmer Juki_TL-2010Q_ThreadTrimmerjuki_tl-2010q_threadtrimmer
The machine is also equipped with an automatic thread button that simultaneously trims the needle and bobbin threads at the sewing end by lightly pressing the push-button.

Both the Trim Button and the Foot Controller engage the advanced Juki industrial style thread trimming mechanism.

No More Twists or QuiversJuki_TL-2010Q_SubTensionUnitjuki_tl-2010q_subtensionunit
The Sub Tension Unit ensures thread feeding to the needle is smooth, even and twist free, no matter how thick your thread is.

It also keeps the thread from quivering when sewing at high speeds and provides accurate, fine tuned thread tension.

Thread Tension ScaleJuki_TL-2010Q_ThreadTensionjuki_tl-2010q_threadtension
The machine also has the thread tension scale, which allows you to adjust the tension according to the thread and material to be used.
Maximum Speed ControlJuki_TL-2010Q_SpeedControl
The new speed control lever gives you complete control over sewing speed.

Set the speed from 200 to 1500 stitches per minute, or any speed in between for free motion, and precision sewing.juki_tl-2010q_speedcontrol

Materials are sewn with Ease
The microcomputer controlled, speed control mechanism, allows the machine to sew materials at low speeds. This provides for accurate feed and perfect stitching when sewing heavy weight fabric, quilting and multiple layers of materials.

PresseJuki_TL-2010Q_PressureFootr Foot Pressure Adjustmentjuki_tl-2010q_pressurefoot
Presser foot pressure can be adjusted according to the fabric being sewn by turning a regulator located on the top of the machine.




Needle Up/Down ControlJuki_TL-2010Q_StopPositionjuki_tl-2010q_stoppositionWhen you stop sewing, the machine will stop with the needle in the down position to allow for pivoting or more accurate free motion work.

To move the needle up or down as desired, simply press the needle up/down button.


Truly Illuminatingjuki_tl-2010q_ledlightThe new, bright-white LJuki_TL-2010Q_LEDLightED lighting, provides an illuminated view of the sewing area and allows for more precise sewing.

Automatic Needle ThreaderJuki_TL-



The push lever automatic needle threader easily threads the needle without eyestrain and allows you to start sewing quickly.




Easy Bobbin ReplacementJuki_TL-2010Q_BobbinReplacement

A new bobbin case latch and an enlarged bobbin case area make it easier to remove and replace the bobbin.

Nothing Free Motion Quilts Better Than  Juki quilting feetquiltingfeet
Juki’s rich tradition in quilting continues with the TL-2010Q.

The feed dog can be raised and lowered simply by depressing a switch. When quilting, the drop feed allows you to sew curved stitches with precision and ease.

Juki 1/4 Inch and 1/5 Inch Quilting Feet
The quilting feet are designed for free motion quilting and free-hand embroidery. Just lower the feed dogs and stitch away.

Juki Even Feed Foot Juki_TL-2010Q_FeedFootjuki_tl-2010q_feedfoot
With its reliable feed, the even feed foot ensures the machine’s ability to produce beautiful seams when sewing difficult-to-feed fabrics such as georgette and velvets, as well as heavy weight materials such as leather.

juki_tl-2010q_kneelifterKnee Lifter Lever Juki_TL-2010Q_KneeLifter
The knee lifter level allows you to lift/lower the presser foot without using your hands. The presser foot can be raised as high as 12mm.


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 (old model at home) and the new modelTL2010 Q1 I have in the studio, 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 both of them and even though they are slightly different I can stitch on both on them with no problem even though they have slightly different foot pedals and controls.

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. I sell only the Juki 2010Q1 at my store in WI…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 $948.95 if you are in WI we have to add tax) which includes shipping too. 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 2016 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…Click HERE to order.  Your card will be charged as soon as you place your order with out new compliant cc processing. If you are the winner we will be crediting your card back.

Last year we sold over 50 machines…and gave one away to  ALBERTA BAILEY… If we make it over 50 this year…one of you who purchases will get theirs FREE too!!! Those odds are pretty good!!!

I will be posting the winner for the machine on NEW YEARS DAY …

The 5 winners of the pin bowls are:

Cindy siefferlen
I just saw your blog on how i spend or wish to spend Christmas. I spend Christmas on call for my hospital emergency surgery dept. I have done this job for45 years. Since i have no more small children in the group i have chosen to take call so others can spend the day with their small children. This may seem like a thankless gesture but the day after to hear all their family stories and the smiles on my co workers faces. It was worth it. Thank you for your inspiring thoughts. MERRY CHRISTMAS! CINDY

Hi Lisa, That picture of you and Lance is just lovely. I agree with you, 100 is too short too, my Grandma was 102 and full of the Irish. Traditions…I love watching all the Christmas movies, and my crude sense of humor cracks up watching “Mr Hankey’s Christmas Special” with my son. Hidee Ho! Jakey

Janet O.
December 23, 2016 at 10:50 am
Our Christmas is so steeped in tradition I don’t even know which one to choose, but they evolve as the family dynamics change. I don’t continue to do what doesn’t work anymore just because “it’s tradition”.
I guess my favorite was as we were raising our family. Every year for over 20 years we would get a hotel room in Salt Lake City across from Temple Square, which is a magical fairyland of lights during the holidays. We would visit the Square, go shopping in the nearby malls, visit the candy window displays of a local department store, eat out (which we rarely did when our kids were little), and enjoy a new experience each year–from a trolley ride, to a carriage ride, a planetarium display or a children’s museum. Always something different. It wasn’t always easy to come up with the funds for these excursions, but what memories we made!
This was a touching post, Lisa, and I loved what you said about choosing to be happy. A friend whose beloved Grandma passed on Christmas years ago has never loved Christmas since. But her grandma loved Christmas, and I think she would be sad to see her granddaughter mope through this special season because of her passing.

Ellen R
December 23, 2016 at 11:20 am
We still wait for Santa on Christmas Eve..seriously Santa lands on the roof. As he gets older we help him out with a ladder.

My grandfather and uncle started the tradition and hearing boots on the roof takes me right back to being a kid.

Merry Christmas to all!

Kathleen Brown
December 24, 2016 at 7:06 am
We pretty much stay at home, call the kids & g-kids, and watch football. Close to being done with many weeks of chemo so resting and looking forward to 2017. Merry Christmas once again. Still trying to win goodies.

I loved reading your traditions and Thank you for taking the time to write them…I know its a busy time…There is no need to comment today…Be Happy…and Enjoy the moments with your family and friends these next couple of days while you celebrate.

117 responses to “Day 1…Needful Things…”

  1. Kathy S Avatar
    Kathy S

    Merry Christmas Lisa! I love your posts! This machine looks absolutely S.W.E.E.T! ( better than a sugar cookie I am craving) lol! Thanks for the 12 days of Needful Things. I was able to pick up a few of them! 😊

  2. Mary Smith Avatar
    Mary Smith

    Sounds like a wonderful machine. Would love to win one! Can it help me get things done twice as fast? I have lots of sewing in my future. I’ve retired an now is the time to work on all the projects I never had time for.

  3. Deborah K Avatar
    Deborah K

    Merry Christmas! I would absolutely love to win this Juki….sadly my Viking has seen better days – I can’t get the light bulbs to work, and I can only sew in the daylight, I absolutely love your designs and I just can’t sew fast enough to catch up! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  4. Donna W Avatar
    Donna W

    Thanks for your posts on the 12 Post of Needful Things for 2016. I found some things to add to my wish list. Hope you, your family, and all of your wonderful shop owners have a very merry Christmas.

  5. Lissa Rogers Avatar
    Lissa Rogers

    Merry Christmas, dear Lisa. Thanks so much for all you do. I have been inspired by your designs since I first discovered Primitive Gatherings in 2012. Once I had the privilege of taking classes with you, and following you in social media, I appreciate even more who you are and how much you give to others. You have become a member of my heart family. Hope you have a wonderful new beginning in the lake house with your darling family and sweet grandbaby❤🎄

  6. Judy Purcell Avatar
    Judy Purcell

    I have never used a Juki but it sounds like a great machine. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and healthy New Year. Love your designs and all your thoughtful hints and instructions.

  7. Fran B Avatar
    Fran B

    I have never used a Juli, but have been eyeing one ever since you first posted about them. Thank you Lisa for another year of Needful Things. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas.

  8. Lona Avatar

    Hi, Lisa, I always look forward to your posts. I am in the market for a new machine. I have had a Viking 500 since 1999, and have had no issues. But, the foot bed is small and makes machine quilting difficult. I am wondering what the largest size quilt you have quilted on the Juki. Thank you for your time. Merry Christmas!

  9. Beth T. Avatar
    Beth T.

    My octogenarian aunt has an old Juki that is as tough an old bird as she is–they both keep running like champs and I’d put my money on either of them against any shiny young thing any day! Really, Aunt Betty’s machine convinced me that bells and whistles aren’t what matter when you’re shopping for a machine, and Juki seems like it has what it takes to go the distance.

  10. Rosemary Duke Avatar
    Rosemary Duke

    Oh I hope that this will be a Juki Christmas for someone who is really deserving! I have wanted a Juki for some time, but can easily put this purchase in my budget for 2017 if a try really hard!
    I know that there are so many others who have met with devistation during the year either with health issues or weather incidents, I hope The Christmas Child guides your hand in picking a Winner!!!
    Blessings to you, Lisa and all your Staff…

  11. wendy held Avatar
    wendy held

    I am a gadget girl both in the sewing room and in the kitchen. I believe I have almost every one of your favorite things except for the Juki. I like the fact that it only does one thing (well) and is all metal. I absolutely love my Bernina 44QE but it was down for about 6 months a couple of years ago and I’m fearful it could go south again in the future. It was an electronic (computer) problem. With electronics they become outdated and then might not be able to be fixed. I would dearly love to have one of these Jukies, especially since you so highly recommend them. Thanks for the opportunity to be a winner. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!! See you at RD2CA next month!!!!!!!

  12. Sandy Avatar

    Always love your needful things. Never heard of Juki until you started raving about it. Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy 2017. From Arkansas enjoy your snow!!! None here.

  13. Mary Andra Holmes Avatar

    As always a fabulous 12 days of Christmas. Thank you Lisa.
    Wishing you and Nick a Blessed Christmas and an Absolutely fabulous 2017.

    1. Mary Andra Holmes Avatar

      That Juki sure sounds like a have to have. Thinking……..

  14. Elizabeth Wynn Avatar
    Elizabeth Wynn

    You give so many items to your customers hope you and your Family have a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year❤

  15. Jan Smith Avatar

    What a generous offer! I have long wanted a Juki, but have a Featherweight that runs like a charm, so it was hard to justify.
    Thanks fun daily postings, too.

  16. Pamela Pokragac Avatar
    Pamela Pokragac

    A very Merry Christmas to the entire Primitive Gatherings team and family! You all work so hard to keep us happy – Thank you for all that you do!! I decided that this was finally my year for a Juki – Judy P (bless her heart) helped me out with my order. One machine sold – only 49 to go!!!

  17. Vicky H Avatar
    Vicky H

    Thanks for all you do Lisa. I so enjoy your blog. I am not knocking my old Kenmore, It has seen me through a lot of seams. I would so like to win a new one. I wouldn’t know how to act with a new machine. Merry Christmas and good luck everyone.

  18. Janet Avatar

    This sounds like such a marvellous machine!! I will have to find one somewhere that I can sit down and try sewing with it.

  19. Jayne Probst Avatar
    Jayne Probst

    Thank you for your posts. I always learn something from them to increase my sewing skills. Your online ordering has been a life saver as I live in remote Alaska and have no quilting stores near me. Merry Christmas.

  20. Jan Tilleraas Avatar
    Jan Tilleraas

    Merry Christmas! I have really enjoyed your “12 Days…” Our family is grown and we were blessed with our first Great Grandchild this year! So that our children can enjoy their Christmas day at home with their children, we get together the second weekend in December at our house. We are usually free on Christmas Day to serve a free meal to people in our community. Our Culver’s restaurant donates the space and a lot of the food. This year, my husband Terry and I will be delivering meals to the shut ins in Dodgeville, WI. One of my goals for 2017 is to visit your store in Wisconsin! Merry Christmas from Jan Tilleraas

  21. Constance West Avatar
    Constance West

    Can you use the 1/4″ foot on any other machine?

  22. Donna Kelly Avatar
    Donna Kelly

    This machine looks so awesome thanks for the chance to win one. I have enjoyed all your posts emencely!

  23. Ranae Avatar

    I would love to win the Juki machine. I have never tried using one but they sound wonderful!

  24. Sharon Avatar

    I have never tried a Juki but have heard wonderful things about them. The machine I am using now is old – not vintage and I’m having some problems with it. I would be thrilled to win one of these machines! Thanks so much for the chance.

  25. Becky Rabalais Avatar
    Becky Rabalais

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! What blessings!

  26. Teri LaVoy Avatar
    Teri LaVoy

    Merry Christmas and thank you for all you do for us Quilters and Woolies!

  27. birdlooker Avatar

    Thanks for the 12 days of Christmas. I couldn’t wait each day to find out the item of the day.

  28. Vickie Olsen Avatar
    Vickie Olsen

    Every year you have these on sale and I always think one year I will get one, but never ordered for myself. Too many other expenses and gifts to buy, but this year, I DID IT. Ordered one. My Christmas gift to myself. Now not to feel guilty!

  29. jonnie nottingham Avatar
    jonnie nottingham

    I would so love to have that Juki! My machine is getting very old…Merry Christmas to you all. I LOVE LOVE your patterns. I’ve nearly finished the Snowflake Catcher while I’ve been visiting my son for the Holidays and I’ve got the Stitcher’s pillow to work on when I’m done with that.

  30. Mary Sue Avatar
    Mary Sue

    Yes, I do need to comment today. I rarely miss commenting on your needful things, and look forward to each post each year. However, this year I just couldn’t manage it. But, I did get to read the posts. I’ll add my thanks to all the others, as well as my wishes for you and your family to have a very Merry Christmas. Looking forward to next year.

  31. lynnrodby Avatar

    I have a Juki 98E. I’ve owned this for 5+ years. Would love to be in the drawing. Hope you sell 50 as it is the best machine. Would love to give it to my daughter as I want the next generation of quilter to have a quality machine. Merry Christmas

  32. Lori Martindale Avatar
    Lori Martindale

    Merry Christmas, Lisa! This is my second Christmas without my husband-so trying to make it special for my kids. I really haven’t sewn since he died, but I’m vowing to move forward in a positive way in 2017, and get back into quilting. A fresh start on a new machine?? Yes indeed.

  33. Kathryn Casavant Avatar
    Kathryn Casavant

    Sounds like a great machine. Can we come to your shop to try one out before we would buy it? I live in Two Rivers so would like to try one before I would buy one.

  34. Debbie G Avatar
    Debbie G

    Merry Christmas, Lisa. Thanks for doing the ” needful things”. Hopi g for great quilting accomplishments for 2017. A trip to PG, Wisconsin would be a bonus!🎄🎄

  35. Wendy P Avatar
    Wendy P

    Thank you for the posts over the last 12 days – it’s been fun reading them. I need to look and see who sells the JUKI locally and how much they are in Canada.

  36. Joanne Wechlo Avatar
    Joanne Wechlo

    HI Lisa – I love your blog. Always a lot of good things and to buy and a lot of great tips. I bought this Juki from you 3 years ago. I actually read the post 4 years ago and contemplated buying it for an entire year. I should not have waited. Whoever buys this machine – you will love it! You will not be disappointed. Hope you all have a Merry Christmas!

  37. Eddie Walker Avatar
    Eddie Walker

    I am sitting having a cup of coffee with my husband, watching the snow come down. I mentioned your 12 day and needful things and the Juki give away. His comment was …”then I could have my own machine!” So here is a Merry Christmas to all, and to my great husband who would love to have his very own sewing machine.

  38. Pat Duddleston Avatar
    Pat Duddleston

    Well I was skeptical of this machine until I saw a friend have such a good time with hers. I would love to win one to say the least. Thank you for offering it again. Merry Christmas to you and your family and thank you for all the joy you bring to us ‘needleworkers ‘

  39. Angie Bowling Avatar
    Angie Bowling

    A new sewing machine would be wonderful. I have 2 inexpensive machines & I trade off using them. Sometimes one decides it doesn’t want to sew good for me so I switch off to the other one and vice-versa. I had 2 real good machines and they both broke down in the same week several years ago, right in the middle of sewing for other people. So, I sent my husband off with a few hundred dollars and said buy me a machine. All I wanted was a machine that sewed zig zag and straight stitches. That is what he bought me. It sews OK but not like the Bernina or ancient Singer did. Oh how wonderful Christmas would be to own the Juki that you are talking about. Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!

  40. Joni M. Avatar
    Joni M.

    Every year I think I should order this machine, and this just might be the year! Merry Christmas and Happy 2017 to you and Nick!

  41. Tricia Hoffmann Avatar
    Tricia Hoffmann

    I have been looking for a straight-stitch only machine that would have a pretty stitch like my antique Singer treadle machine – the Juki might very well be it!

  42. Maryella Avatar

    Thank you Lisa for all you do. Have a wonderful Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year.

  43. Nancy Benolkin Avatar
    Nancy Benolkin

    Kind of a lonely Christmas. Just me and my dog. Watching the Viking /Packer game. Not going well for the Mn Vikings.
    Hope you all have a Merry Xmas and joyous NY!

  44. Sally Avatar

    Wow – looks like a dream machine for a piecer. I’ve been considering a used machine, though the new model has more features. Thanks for the chance!

  45. Karen Qualls Avatar

    My parents opened a costume shop in Brea California in 1980. My husband, my sister-in-law and I worked there full-time. We purchased some of the costumes, but made most of them that were going to remain in our rental inventory. We had 3 Juki industrial machines and 2 Singer home machines. The Juki was definitely the best machine around. Merry Christmas to you and all of your loved ones!

  46. Donna Avatar

    Merry Christmas to you, your family, and employees. I love getting your emails with all the wonderful new things you have to tell us about. Thanks for all your hard work.

  47. Sharon Ernst Avatar
    Sharon Ernst

    Merry Christmas, Lisa!! I have been thinking about getting a new machine! Reading your post here makes me think maybe we should do a bit of a road trip from Nebraska up to Wisconsin! And with quilting being my passion, I think I should explore these Juki machines! Thank you for all of your GREAT needful things posts! I look forward to them every year! Have a wonderful holiday with your family! ❤️

  48. Nan Avatar

    I would love a Juki. I just a very expensive Janome and it is okay. I actually prefer my old singer or featherweight!

    1. Nan Avatar

      That should be – ‘ I just bought ‘. Happy xmas Lisa!

  49. Dee Fowler, Cuba City, WI Avatar
    Dee Fowler, Cuba City, WI

    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for everything you share with us quilters thruout the year. You are so amazing (do you sleep?)! Would love to have a Juki!

  50. Rita Nichols Avatar
    Rita Nichols

    Wow! What a machine. My current sewing machine is over 20 years old and has no “quilting features”. This sounds like quite an upgrade from what I’ve got. Merry Christmas!

  51. Marlene Avatar

    This sounds like a dream machine. It’s just what I need to get me free motion quilting! Merry Christmas Lisa!

  52. Beth Esser Avatar
    Beth Esser

    Thank you and Merry Christmas!

  53. Sharon Paladino Avatar
    Sharon Paladino

    Have always wanted one – I look forward to your 12 days of Christmas every year – Thank You for being the person you are!!

    1. Emily Avatar

      I have enjoyed seeing your reviews of all the “needful” things, some of which I did not know were on the market. The Juki sewing machine looks very nice. I like the quilting feet. I’m going to make a list!
      Have a wonderful Christmas.

  54. Jane Zagrodnik Avatar
    Jane Zagrodnik

    I love these 12 Days of Christmas. I look forward to the emails every day during the 12 days. This is the time of year I love to sew and make gifts. It has gotten harder to find the time to do, but I do make at least some. My sister-in-law and I use to write letters to each other a couple of times a week to compare where we were on our gifts. (before computers) She is the reason I sew. I lost her 7 years ago and miss her a lot. She was not a quilter, but made clothes like you would not believe. I did teach her how to quilt and cross stitch. She was an avid cross stitcher…but not so much a quilter. She made all of her things on an old Singer in a cabinet. It is now saved for one of her grandaughters.
    Merry Christmas Lisa.

  55. Carol Caraccia Avatar
    Carol Caraccia

    Merry Christmas, Lisa to you and your family! Thank you for yet another great 12 Days of Christmas filled with anticipation!

  56. Ruth Ann Avatar
    Ruth Ann

    Thank you for your posts, sales and give aways! I have really enjoyed them. I have been saving to buy this machine, but I am a bit short this year. So I have my “Juki money” in a separate account and will keep saving. Hopefully you will do it again next year! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  57. June S Avatar
    June S

    Thank you for your Twelve Days of Christmas. The Juki would be loved in this home! Merry Christmas to all!

  58. Charmaine Avatar

    Thanks for telling us all about the Juki. I think I’ll ask Santa for one next year🙂🎄. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  59. moosebaymusings Avatar

    Thanks for the info on the new foot. I love my machine and my only gripe was getting a quarter inch seam allowance–I guess I need that new foot! Merry Christmas!

  60. Wanda Avatar

    Wow …. would like be this machine…, I only have one machine …an old kenmore☹️. Can’t do machine appliqué with it because I can’t get the stitch length small enough . And it is a real challenge to quilt on so I try to keep my quilts small

  61. Kathy Ashley Avatar
    Kathy Ashley

    Merry Christmas Lisa! I have a Juki TL98Q that I bought with a midarm frame about 10 years ago. I don’t use the frame anymore and when I took the Juki off and started piecing with it there was no going back. I too have 2 Berninas and do not use them unless absolutely necessary. I LOVE the thread cutter on my Juki!!! May have to try the new foot altho I have never liked a rail type 1/4″ foot before. Would be SO happy to have a new machine!

  62. Cindy McCord Avatar
    Cindy McCord

    I have a Juki 2010Q that I purchased from Lisa a few years ago and absolutely love it. I am also the owner of 2 Berninas but really love my Juki. It has all the features you need for quilting. If you are on the fence about purchasing this machine, BUY IT. You will not regret your decision!!! I would love to win the Juki to give to my daughter-in-law, who has caught the quilting bug from me. She had the same look on her face that I did, when she finished her first quilt top a few weeks ago I love being able to share my passion with her and to be able to share my quilting knowledge with another generation. Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

  63. carolyn meadows Avatar
    carolyn meadows

    Will you enter me in the drawing for the new Juki? Somehow I missed what I need to do. thank you. Carolyn


  64. Nancy Opsteen Avatar
    Nancy Opsteen

    Merry Christmas and wish you many blessings in the New Year !!! I have been really really good this year and am on Santa’s good list. Please, please let me be the lucky person to win this Juki!!!

  65. Bev F Avatar
    Bev F

    Merry Christmas Lisa!
    Thanks for all you do. I really enjoyed all your posts. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for 2017.

  66. Donna Watson Avatar
    Donna Watson

    Merry Christmas Lisa & to your family & to your staff at Primitive Gatherings.
    Thank you also for the fun 12 needful things you have posted for 4 years.

  67. Wanda Hall Avatar
    Wanda Hall

    Thanks for the info on the sewing machine! I am still using my Bernette that I got a long time ago… and mostly because it is simple and does the job. I always loved that it has all metal parts etc. and I mostly use it for the straight stitch. I know I need to get a new one and had never considered the Juki. Now I will! because it has the features I like and hadn’t seen in anything else! ! But, we are just getting a kid through college, I will have to wait, but I know where to go! Thanks again for the 12 Days, I have things in my cart and better get it complete before they are gone! Merry Christmas to your family!

  68. Angelia L. Avatar
    Angelia L.

    Merry Christmas to you, your family and all your staff!!

  69. Cecilia Avatar

    Merry Christmas! I’ve heard a lot of good things about the Judi, I may have to try one soon.

  70. Jayne Avatar

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    A Julie machine, what a dream.
    Come on and pick me Liisa Bongean..
    I would definitely be a super proud owner
    If you would give me one instead of a loaner.
    I’d piece and piece,and sew and sew,
    My husband would say” now where did she go.”
    A great way to start the pending new year,
    So please pick me,and be a dear.

  71. Amanda G Avatar

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the opportunities! 11 of your 12 things are also my needful things. This was the only one not on my list. Two years ago when I did buy a new machine it was one of the two I was going to get. I went with the Bernina only because I was replacing my Brother and needed other stitches other than just straight. This would be a great machine to have, though since 99% of the time all I do is straight stitch. Thank you again. You are a blast!

  72. Kim Avatar

    This machine sounds like a dream. I have been piecing quilts for others lately and fast would be a big help. Hope I win it as can’t really invest in another machine. My Viking is still dependable. Thanks for your posts. I forwarded them to my family!

  73. Bonita scruggs Avatar
    Bonita scruggs

    I love this machine! This is on my bucket list for this year !

  74. Carolyn Avatar

    Thank you, Lisa, for sharing your talents and generous heart. I love your beautiful creations and value your teaching advice and tips. I have been watching your needful list for 3 years now. Every year I say, “Next year, if it is on sale, I’m getting a Juki”……and then life and family happen. But that’s okay since there is nothing more precious than family and grateful for than life itself. Wishing you and your loved ones a Very Merry Christmas. Hope you do the sale again next year since there are probably many of us who will be watching for it again.

  75. Linda M Avatar
    Linda M

    Well, you convinced me. My husband just told me to buy it for my Christmas. What a great guy.!

  76. Kathryn O in GA/AZ Avatar
    Kathryn O in GA/AZ

    Merry Christmas Lisa and family! Thank you for the needful things…I did pick up a few…shhh don’t tell! The Juki looks amazing, I do own a few machines – but winning one would just put the icing on the cake or gingerbread cookie! Wishing you the very best for 2017, and keep on smilin’ cuz life is too short not to!

  77. Diane Haun Avatar
    Diane Haun

    I love all of your needful things and the fact that you only sell the things you use. If you like the Juki better than your Berninas then it must truly be an awesome machine. I remember when Handiquilter first started selling tabletop frames and a vendor at a quilt show used a Juki on her frame because it was fast and had the largest throat available at the time. I was intrigued at the time but my Bernina was not that old so even though I’ve looked at them online I’ve never pursued getting one. I don’t think the price of them have changed much since that time either which is also amazing. I’d love to win one…that would be amazing! Thanks for the chance and Merry Christmas!

  78. Rebecca landon Avatar
    Rebecca landon

    i was so excited to see that you were offering this machine again. I have wanted one for quite awhile I wrestled with buying myself such a treat but justified it by making the decision to pass one of my machines to my grandchildren to use,I have 5 granddaughters and 2 boys. This year I am at my daughters and my grandson said “Nana I love my quilt and I never go anywhere without taking it with me”. He is 8 years old and he is on his second quilt that he took everywhere. The first quilt is unrepairable but I am saving to make him something when he graduates from high school. My daughter said Mom we do not have blankets anymore only the quilts you have made. So I figure I had better get another machine so I can make more quilts. The are memories that my kiddos will have forever.

  79. Camille Avatar

    I made your Christmas Strawberry Slush recipe yesterday and the grand kids loved it at dinner tonight! Thanks for sharing! I thoroughly enjoyed your needful things list. Some of the items I already have in my sewing room and others are new to me and have been added to my definitely should consider list. The ruler boxes are so charming and I wish I still needed a magnetic pin bowl because yours are much more stylish and prettier than what I have. Thank you so much for your Christmas Magic patterns and setting instructions. Waiting for each new pattern was like waiting for Santa to arrive. Have a wonderful holiday and a prosperous and happy New Year.

  80. Karren Mitchell Avatar
    Karren Mitchell

    I would love, love, love to own this machine! Have also loved all your favorite things that you’ve posted these past 12 days. Looking forward to seeing you next month.

  81. Katherine S Avatar
    Katherine S

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for all the great tips! It was fun reading all your needful things posts

  82. Joan Carmody Avatar
    Joan Carmody

    Boy, would I love this machine! It sounds perfect! Have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year! I better get back to wrapping presents….yep, Christmas morning and I still don’t have it done. LOL

  83. Judyk Avatar

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this machine. You make a good argument for purchasing a new machine. Thanks for all you do, you are an inspiration. Maybe if I had this machine I would be as productive as you :).

  84. Prissy Avatar

    I could see me juking on the Juki. Thanks for all of the info on this machine.

  85. Lola Newman Avatar
    Lola Newman

    I would love to own this machine. I have looked at them at the Paducah Quilt Show and have been very impressed. Thanks for offering one to us.

  86. Janice F Avatar
    Janice F

    This Juki sounds very sweet! It’s downright inspiring…..I’d love to win this beauty!

  87. Betsy Avatar

    Feliz navidad. I would love to own this machine too

  88. Debbie H Avatar

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. Enjoy the holiday especially with the little man.
    Would love the machine, really!

  89. Judy Avatar

    Thank you for an oppportunity to win a Juki. I’ve never used a Juki but the more I learn about the machine the more intrigued I am. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  90. Linda Yeager Avatar
    Linda Yeager

    My machine is an old New Home and has 7 decorative stitches. That is generally OK as I don’t do much on it other than piece; some times I’ll do a small bit of free motion “quilting” on baby quilts. Would very much like a new machine. Merry Christmas 🙂

  91. Cathy Weatherford Avatar
    Cathy Weatherford

    loved the comments from the winners of the pin bowls. Wonderful ladies. love to you and Merry Christmas

  92. Paula Avatar

    WOW! I have been eyeing up the Juki for sometime. that price is wonderful. I may have to drive to Appleton and get one. Thank you so much for all the wonderful information you share with us.

  93. Cindy Ohmart Avatar
    Cindy Ohmart

    Merry Christmas everyone, Happy Birthday Jesus!

  94. donnalevesque Avatar

    Would love to try it! Merry Christmas to you and your family..

  95. Delores Riggs Avatar
    Delores Riggs

    Merry Christmas Lisa and Nick. I just wanted to let you know that I purchased a JUKI TL2010Q from you last year and I LOVE it. It works wonderful and I don’t have the problems I had with my other machine. Thanks for offering it at such a great deal. I got it cheaper that if I had purchased here. Thanks again and I hope you have a very successful and healthy New Year. Love all your stuff.

  96. Valerie Geib Avatar
    Valerie Geib

    I would love a Judi! Especially if it can bring my skills a faction of the way closer to your Lisa! What an awesome machine!

  97. lisa kishman Avatar
    lisa kishman

    I bought a used TL98E and I love it so much. Just got a ruler foot for it and can’t wait to try out my QP rulers. Might need to try that new 1/4″ foot, too. Please keep offering these awesome machines in your 12 days, one of these years I’ll jump on your great deal! Thanks for all you & your crew do, Merry Christmas!

  98. linda melz Avatar
    linda melz

    sounds like a great machine and the foot sounds great Merry Christmas

  99. Barb Onken Avatar
    Barb Onken

    I had the chance to burn a Juki machine once but had never heard of them. By the time I researched and little it was sold. I look forward to your 12 Days of Christmas every year. Thank You! Merry Christmas!

    1. Barb Onken Avatar
      Barb Onken

      I meant to say buy a Juki not burn.

  100. Jean Hoerr Avatar
    Jean Hoerr

    The gifts are all opened. The grand dinner’s been eaten. The memories have been made. The family has returned home. Now I have time to do what I love best ! Work with wool and cotton making all sorts of quilts, mini’s and mats. And that Juki machine would make my passion even more rewarding. It looks amazing and sure would help get things done more accurately. Blessings on you and yours this holiday season, Lisa. Happy New Year!

  101. Mary Ellen Avatar
    Mary Ellen

    The Juki has been on my bucket list forever it seems! I am going to give it serious thought this year! Thank you for doing your Christmas blog every year! Hope to visit your booth at Paducah next spring! Wish you were in the bubble as we do not always make it to the downtown location!

  102. Betty Avatar

    I am sewing on a machine which is more than 30 years old–that scant foot would make sewing those mini pieces so much more accurate

  103. Debra Avatar

    Merry Christmas to you! I’ve enjoyed reading all about your favorite things and have found quite a few things to add to my wish list. lol The Juki sounds like a great machine – I Love my little Singer Featherweight and that it only straight stitches, and this sound similar. Thanks for all the info! PS, I’ve received my pre-cuts order from you and LOVE all the fabrics and that you offered them as one of the 12 Day specials!

  104. Linda B. Avatar
    Linda B.

    I ordered this machine today! Can’t wait to try it!

  105. Kim Bates Avatar
    Kim Bates

    I am soooo tempted to get this machine but is it possible to try it first?

  106. Cindy h. Avatar
    Cindy h.

    Thank you for being so generous. Great example of true Christmas spirit. Blessings to you and your family.
    Cindy h.

  107. eileenkny Avatar

    Thank you for your generosity! I’ve had a great time reading your blog all these months. I’d love to take a class from you someday-where do you post your teaching schedule? Thanks again. 🙂

  108. Linda Rhode Avatar
    Linda Rhode

    Happy New Year Lisa! Thanks for all the help you so freely give to all of us quilters. This Juki looks fantastic so I also told my lovely niece about it and we both ordered one. We are very excited to get it and we are going to share the prize if we win. Have a great 2017.

  109. Sarah Vanden Hoogen Avatar
    Sarah Vanden Hoogen

    When my Aunt called me about the Juki I checked it out and we both ordered one. I cannot wait until my Juki gets here. I have been sewing most of my life and never get enough of it. Besides quilts I also like to make costumes. This machine should also be fantastic for my thicker fabrics. Thank You and Many Blessings.

  110. Geri D. Avatar
    Geri D.

    Hi Lisa! I enjoy your 12 days of Christmas and the needful things. I enjoy reading all the blog and what you use and the tips that you share to us. I took a wool class from you in Michigan and enjoyed it and your knowledge. I also discovered that you are quite approachable and also a very warm and honest person. So with that being said, I will order the Juki and also hope that I could possibly win one. Happy New Year to you and yours. Many blessings to you in the year to come.

  111. Betsy Avatar

    Thank you for the Twelve Days of Christmas! With no local quilt shops, I look forward to seeing all the new tools that are available. I so enjoy working on wool projects and was lucky enough to take a class from you a year ago. My other obsession is little quilts and the review that you give of the Juki makes this machine sound like it would be perfect for the projects that I sew. I’m also learning to free motion quilt and I see many nice reviews for FMQ with the Juki as well. I do have a birthday coming up soon in January…..very tempting!

  112. Linda Smith Avatar
    Linda Smith

    Thanks for sharing the items you use – it’s helpful to see what others think are needlful. Enjoy you blog very much.

  113. Judy Davis Avatar
    Judy Davis

    Would love to own a Juki!!! You make it sound so wonderful!!! Sounds like you can get so much more done on that machine. Maybe i could win one!!! Thanks so much for your input regarding this machine.

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