DW Monday And Internet Envy

I am not at home but I thought I would share what is on my design wall back home. I confess that I spent a few hours working exclusively on my Downton 4 patch instead of just working it as leaders/enders. I had some time before I left but didn’t want to start working on the quilt on the frame and I didn’t want to start a new project, so I sewed a few more blocks. Now I am up to 16 of 30. And I am liking it more with every block.


Have you ever started seeing something on Instagram or on blogs and started thinking you needed whatever it was you saw? A great FQ bundle perhaps or some new gadget. Well, I am not immune. For quite some time, I’ve noticed that many serious quilters love their Juki TL 2010Q machines. They are large straight stitch machines that stitch very fast. I started pricing them out and reading reviews here and there. I usually use one of my Featherweights for piecing. 

And I often use my vintage Bernina as well. But neither of them are all that fast. 

 I kept telling myself that I do not need another machine! Still I looked. It might not be any better than what I already have. This would be an expensive experiment in that case. 

The other day, I decided to pull out one of my vintage Singer 301s. I hadn’t used one for piecing in a long time.  


Guess what? This machine is fast and smooth! More so than I had remembered! 

I really don’t need another machine. I already have everything I could want and more. 

Problem solved. Envy gone. 

Linking up with Patchwork Times for DWMonday and Cooking Up Quilts for MCM

About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing kids, and a librarian. I have been making traditional quilts for ages but have ventured into art qulting in the last several years. I also love to knit socks and mittens and dye my own fabric. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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16 Responses to DW Monday And Internet Envy

  1. Donna says:

    Well, I now have Featherweight envy. Pam let me sew on one of hers this weekend (yes, she now has 3). I love how they sound and sew.

  2. Edwina Finet says:

    I have a 12 year old Juki Tle, which was replaced by the one you mentioned. I shopped a while for mine, and bought it because of the speed and also the quality of the stitch, plus the fact that it handles any job I give it (upholstery, etc.). But I did not have the number and variety of machines that you have. I would recommend the Juki to anyone shopping for a new machine. The quilting machines do not have the fancy stitches, but you can drop the feed dogs for free motion quilting. Juki makes one with decoratvie stitches, but I have no experience with those. I too, like your 4 patch project— can’t wait to see the finish.

  3. Downtown 4P is looking great, love all the colors in it.

  4. knitnkwilt says:

    Good resistance on your part. Sometimes it is hard to define “enough.” As for me, I don’t always sew as fast as my Featherweight will go, so I am not tempted by speedy machines. Bigger throatplate, maybe, but not speed.

  5. I think it is amazing howl God supplies even my wants in totally unexpected ways. Today a new apt neighbor, whom I had never met, brought me a loaf of homemade bread and some fabric in the colors I need. Enjoy your free “new” machine.

  6. Cécile says:

    Lovely machines Katy ! Wow !!

  7. Mary says:

    I’m trying to figure out the “block” on the quilt shown today. I think it is just beautiful!

  8. Judi says:

    I get that machine envy when I go to classes. But I love my old Janome and can’t see a reason to get anything else!

  9. I love a fast machine. Check the foot control on your Bernina. Some of them have a speed control on them. You have so many beautiful older machines!

  10. katyquilts says:

    Haha! You never know! I love a machine that will go a stitch at a time as well.

  11. katyquilts says:

    I agree! I love them!

  12. The quilt is coming out great! 🙂

  13. Kaja says:

    Now I am looking at your Featherweight and 301 and experiencing internet envy too! I don’t think anything stitches better than these older machines.

  14. Janet O. says:

    Beauty of a 4-patch!
    Ah, isn’t the internet envy monster a tough one to tame sometimes? You did an admiral job, but I have to tell you it gave me a chuckle. I have never wanted a machine that could go faster. I am so NOT a speedy piecer. It made me wonder if someone talked about how slow and steady a machine was at piecing, would I be tempted by that? *LOL*

  15. Sandie says:

    I absolutely love my 301’s for piecing! Have a Bernina 440QE, and 2 Featherweights but the 301’s are my favorites too.

  16. Kathy says:

    I am loving your Downton 4P more each time I see it. Glad you found a solution to your desire for speedy stitching … from your own machines.

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