And here it is - my new Janome 6600. Tadaaaaahhhhh.......It arrived here last week and I had the chance to work on it for a few hours so far. It is quite different from the Pfaff I have, but I am getting used to it and I LOVE it!
There is so much new to try and learn, it is almost impossible just to sit down and only sew *LOL*
In the beginning I had some problems with the tension of the upper thread, but I think every machine has her own way of reacting to different threads. I am more than happy that now I am able to use all those Madeira Rayon threads I bought years ago. My Pfaff simply hated them and shredded them, no matter what I tried. The Janome so far took all threads I tried very well and even the metallics are easy to work with. I haven´t changed the needle, even with the metallic threads. It is like a miracle compared to the Pfaff handling.
And this is what started out as a little test-piece and now becomes a piece with meaning to me. It is a Batik I bought a while back. I started with free motion quilting, just to get a feeling for the machine, but than it started to get a life of it´s own.
The red areas are satin stitched and it is a pleasure to work with the speed regulator. Doing the satin stitching with the darning food is what I never was able to do well on my Pfaff.
I am going to name this piece "Intruders" because to me the Batik dots look like DNA or something like cells. As my dog was very ill for the last 2 weeks and the vet didn´t know at all what was going on, I feel that the red areas are those intruders who caused my dog`s health problems. The dog is almost fine again, as we now found out it was an allergic reaction to who know´s what. She is still very week, but getting better every day.
The Batik piece is only 26cm x 20cm (6x8 inches), so I will have to think about a way of framing it. But first I will have to finish the free motion quilting and then the satin stitching. Unfortunately I am still not able to work on the machine for hours, so it might take a while. But I am back and hope as soon as the temperatures will drop a bit, I will be able to stitch away like before.