It's the Pfaff quilt expression 2048, and this is a lot of sewing machine. I don't do much quilting (yet....) but I wanted to get a machine that I wouldn't grow out of in the foreseeable future. I sew a lot, although it doesn't come up often on the blog, and I was finding that my old machine had frustrating limits. I think it'll take me a good long time to reach the edges of the Pfaff's capabilities.
I haven't had a lot of time to work with it yet, but yesterday, after burning my hand for the umpteenth time on the handle of my cast iron skillet, I cut up an old towel, wrapped it in scrap quilting cotton, and made this.
These are all quilting stitches - there are a hundred and fifty or so other decorative stitches - and I like 'em. I think my favourite is the zig-zaggy one.
This machine has free-motion quilting, where you attach a special foot and drop the feed dogs so you use your hands to control the back/forth, side-side motion of the fabric under the foot. I tried it out on the other side of my little potholder.
So altogether I'm glad I spent the money on this machine. It carved out a huge hole from my settlement - to the tune of about $2500 - but it's undoubtedly worth it. I'll have this thing for the next 40 years, if it lives up to the manufacturer's reputation.....and now that I know to be gentle.