Hi all, I have only one more week before transitioning to my next adventure.
Some call it "retirement", but I am planning on a whole new multi-decade adventure as a full time fabric artist/needlearts teacher. I am really excited.
Yesterday, I went to Chantilly Sewing and Quilting Expo to try out machines. I tried the Bernina 830, priced tables, tried the new giant Baby Lock (forgot the model number), which is almost as expensive as the 830. I also tried several longarms they had there, including the Gammill. I talked extensively with the Gamill saleswoman and then came home and did some measuring. I have found to my surprise
that I can fit in the Gamill 22/10, except it will be a 22/6, because they can cut down the frame size to 6 feet, which will fit into my studio. That is, it will fit, after I move my current table to my bedroom, where I can squeeze it in.
So I have decided to purchase a longarm instead of a Bernina 830 and get my Bernina 730 and 1230 serviced so they are running at top form. Perhaps some year in the future I will replace my 730 with an 830 or some such. I realized when I tried the Gammill that I could use it not only to quilt my smaller art quilts, but to make quilted garments, and it would do well for Sashiko garments, something I have a real interest in. For bed-sized quilts, I could still borrow my daughter-in-law's 10' Gammill, but I really don't make many of those. I found that by the time I got all the bits and pieces, the prices are about the same.
I may not get this purchased until early next year, for a variety of reasons--though earlier may be possible, but I'm excited to have finally made this decision. As some of you know, I have been struggling with this for more than a year.