Throughout last year, I’d been thinking about upgrading my sewing machine.  However, I wasn’t sure what I wanted. I spent time looking at what others were using and read lots of posts on social media about what machines were recommended.  One of the themes that regularly appeared was to go know what you wanted your machine to do and go to test machines out.

I knew I wanted a machine that was semi professional, sturdy and had mainly metal parts, and would be suitable for doing my quilting.  I was looking at throat size and I didn’t need fancy stitches.  Through research I did, I narrowed my search down to two machines, a Janome and a Juki.  The next stage was to do a test drive.

Last week, I drove down to meet a friend and we took a trip to Frank Nutt Sewing Machines.  I’d highly recommend a visit, all the staff were very friendly, helpful and not at all pushy.  They took the time to hear what we wanted and were more than happy to allow us to try the machines.  In fact, they asked us if we wanted to try them before we’d even asked.  

As  you can see from the photo above, I went with the Juki, it’s a really solid machine and not as complicated as it looks.  It’s taken me a week to get it out of the box and set up, but I just wanted to be able to take my time and read through the manual.  Now it’s up, I can’t wait to use it.  Once I’ve got to know it better, I’ll share some of it’s features with you.

As you can see, it comes with lots of accessories.  Everything feels substantial and well made, even the extension table feels solid.  I have some project bags to make, so I’ll get a chance to test out the machine and let you know if it lives up to my expectations.