A week ago, I received a shipment that contained my longarm quilting machine. I bought this machine used and in unguaranteed condition. I purchased this as a risk, gambling on the odds of it working for me.
This machine does not have a power cord, so I will be hunting one of those up. After doing much research on the matter, I can either find an old machine with this foot pedal, or go purchase a new one directly from the man who manufactures the machine.
Unfortunately, during the shipment/packaging process the bobbin housing was broken. Cheap pot metal was used. And it laying face down in bubble wrap cause the case to be pressed upon easily breaking the most integral part of the machine.
You see the bobbin, race, hook, and cap are part of the timing. I called for an estimate on that and for the part would be around $100. Can I fix this myself? Hmmmm….that is to be determined. The odds are in my favor. Remember I have fixed my big screen tv and helped fix the car. I will be ordering the part and finding out if I can fix the machine. If I cannot, I reckon any sewing repair shop should be able to help me if I pay them enough.
So, even though I am now an owner of a longarm, I cannot use it until the kinks are worked out. I have quilt tops waiting patiently. My Memory Craft 9000 does an awesome job, but it is quite a workout with the larger quilts since the throat space is only 6 inches. I will now have a large 15 inches which will definitely get the job done.
I will also have to fabricate a piece of plexiglass to use as a platform for quilting until I can get a table that I want. I am still debating on a used ping pong table with a modification to the right corner to drop the machine into. And when I am done for the day I can just fold it up. This machine is considered portable weighing less than 30 lbs. Or I could buy one of the manufacturer tables for $600. As simple as the footprint is of this machine, a piece of plexiglass for any table I find should be easy enough to cut, hinge, and use. I will have to have plexiglass for the front portion anyway because it has the singer class 15 bobbin case and bobbin which is awkwardly at the front.
As crude as this machine is, there are online videos showing you how to fix and maintain your machine. This was a selling point to me because I would not be out an expense of cleaning and maintenance. Once a year the Janome has to go into the shop for this purpose and that cost $150. So it is another form of savings in the long run.
A drum Roll Please! Introducing the Bailey Home Quilter Pro15
Crude looking machine, but all mechanical. If you start at the bottom of the barrel there is only one direction you can go….up!