In between appointments and doing some chores around here that Bill normally takes care of, I have managed to get in some sewing and quilting time.
We even had a few rainy days which are much needed around our area as we have not had a good downpour of rain for weeks. I love to sew when it's rainy. I think it was early January since we last had any substantial rain.
In January I traded in my less than one year old Pfaff Creative Performance sewing machine for a new Brother DreamWeaver VQ3000. I gave you a teaser posting about it in February. Pfaffie and I never "bonded" that well, so when my wonderful dealer offered to do a trade with me. I was more than thrilled to give him back Pfaffie. I'm sorry we never quite got along.
"DreamWeaver"---isn't that an interesting name for a sewing machine? It sort of says it all. It really is a "dream machine"! I knew the moment I sat down to sew with it we would be best buds for a long, long time. There is truly not a thing I don't like about this sewing machine. I basically wanted it for the 7 mm -seven point feed dog system. It grabs the very tip of the smallest piece or edge of fabric, pulls it under the foot, and sews so smoothly and evenly. Quietly. (Pfaffie did make a lot of noise at times.)
This machine also reminds so much of another beloved sewing machine I foolishly sold with my quilting system years ago. The Brother PQ1500. It had a marvelous feed dog system too.
The DreamWeaver not only has this great feed dogs system, it has a bunch of dream-stuff to go with it. Lighting for one thing---I had to turn it down. I've never had to turn lighting down on a machine. Usually I've had to put another source of light next to the machine. If you look at the above photo, you will see a glowing reflection of the lights. They are set on 3 in this picture. I can turn them up to 5 which is too bright for me, and I can use all the light I can get normally.
Notice the wide arm area. That's 11.5 inches of space on the right of the needle. Is that ever nice when piecing quilt backing or sewing on a quilt binding! The extension table is large, and is included with the machine.
The automatic threader is another wonderful feature. Just push a button---swoosh, the needle is threaded. No need to align or pull down and then push/pull any type of needle threader. The machine does it all. Same auto feature with the thread cutter.
The DreamWeaver has some new features that rather unique for sewing machines at this moment.
- The MuVit foot
- The Laser Pen
New advances in sewing machine technology. I wasn't sure if they were gimmicky, or for real.
Let me assure you they are real, and really nice to use. Here are a few picture of how I have been using the laser light feature. Diagonal seaming. No need to mark or press a crease or attempt to eyeball your diagonal stitching. Turn on the laser, move it center, or in mm increments left or right and you have a built in beam of guiding light.
The MuVit foot rolls along. No more walking-stepping motion like a regular walking foot. MuVit stitches very straight with little hand guiding and and evenly feeds heavy or thin fabrics. It does not care what is in the way, it just rolls over it!
MuVit was great for sewing some of the chenille pot holders a few weeks ago.
If you are considering a new sewing machine. Take a look at these Dream machines.
There are three in the series. This one, the VQ3000 is the sewing and quilting version.
The others models are the embroidery sewing machine, and they also have an embroidery only machine. I have more catching up to do, but it's late---more tomorrow.