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Thread: TWO machines and a love story!

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    Senior Member Scraplady's Avatar
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    Oct 2012
    Birmingham, Sweet Home Alabama

    TWO machines and a love story!

    I've been shopping for a new SM for some time. I thought I had done all my homework and had just about settled on one. Then I stopped by an unknown (to me) dealer and discovered the Brother Innov-is VQ3000 "Dreamweaver". (This is the "twin sister" of the Baby Lock Crescendo over which I had done rather a lot of oohing and ahing, but decided was just too rich for my blood. I'm also in the market for my first EM and had a set amount to spend on both.) After a number of demos and testing and some further unnecessary drooling, just for fun, I asked for a price. Her quote was far less than the Baby Lock, and Brother is running a promotion thru Jan. 28th. That night I told my investor (DH) all about my adventure.

    Long story short, we went back yesterday, and I came home with not only the Dreamweaver, but a Brother PE-780D EM as well! I think I chose well--DH, that is. He has always been my greatest supporter and far more willing to spend big bucks on my equipment than I am. He said I deserve a machine worthy of my talent! What a man! And hopefully the machines will be a good choice as well.

    I have never owned a TOL machine, so I'm looking forward to discovering all it can do. So far it is out of the box--no easy task, this is a behemoth of a machine with an 11.25" harp. The clock is set (still wondering about this since I mostly prefer NOT to watch the clock when I'm sewing...must be a way to disable that feature), a bobbin is wound and the needle is threaded. Now, how long do we sit here and stare at it and wonder where to start?!
    "Piecin' a quilt's like livin' a life...The Lord sends us the pieces, but we can cut 'em out and put 'em together pretty much to suit ourselves, and there's a heap more in the cuttin' and the sewin' than there is in the caliker...I've had a heap of comfort all my life making quilts, and now in my old age I wouldn't take a fortune for them." (Eliza Calvert Hall, Aunt Jane of Kentucky)

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    Super Member kitsykeel's Avatar
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    Salisbury, North Carolina
    You are a lucky lady to have such a generous husband. Mine is generous but we don't have the funds, so I am content for now with my ten sewing machines and one embroidery machine. All bought used and most all vintage.

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    Super Member Stitchnripper's Avatar
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    Mableton, GA
    That sounds wonderful!! I had a demo of the DreamWeaver and it is a nifty machine for sure. Keep us posted on your progress!!!!

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    Super Member Dolphyngyrl's Avatar
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    Jan 2009
    Southern California
    Enjoy. I have the combo, and am so in love I think my hubbies jealous
    Brother XL-3500i, SQ-9050, Dreamweaver XE6200D, Juki MO-2000QVP

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    Power Poster mighty's Avatar
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    Upland CA
    Awesome, enjoy!!!!!!

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    Super Member LoisM's Avatar
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    Highland, CA
    You're a VERY lucky lady! Enjoy yourself to high heaven, woman!

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    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
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    Jozefow, Poland
    That is fantastic! So glad your husband is supportive. I'd never had a TOTL machine before I bought a Janome 7700 two years ago, October (2010). It really is fun to sew with a machine that can do so much and makes it so easy.

    But I was also overwhelmed a bit at the beginning. Took me a couple of days just looking before I sewed with it. My husband didn't understand why I didn't dig right in and just start. I've made up for it since then, however!

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    Super Member hopetoquilt's Avatar
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    New Jersey
    There are some things that are just worth sinking the money into and a good machine is important to have. So glad you were able to get the machines you love. Grab some scraps and start playing on the machine.

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    Super Member mimiknoxtaylor's Avatar
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    Snellville, Ga & Hiawassee
    What a great DH! My DH is supportive but not quite up with yours -yet
    For Christmas he did get me an Accuquilt Go & bucks to buy dies. So he's also a keeper
    Joyce T, RN retired
    Laughter is the best medicine

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    Super Member GailG's Avatar
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    I looked in abbreviations and didn't find these so I'll have to ask the question.. In post#1 TOL was mentioned and in Post #7, TOTL. What do they mean?

    Congratulations on your new machines and on having such a supportive and sweet DH! I'm yearning for a new machine (Janome 6300 or 6400) and all my DH says is "and where are you going to put it?"
    One step at a time, always forward.

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