My super FAST sewing machine

I’ve had a handful of people ask me what kind of sewing machine I have, and how I’m able to finish my quilts so quickly.

I have a Pfaff Grand Quilter that sews 1,600 stitches per minute. This machine is a workhorse! It’s sews consistently good stitches (i never have to worry about thread tension being off). The only ‘bells and whistles’ it has is the automatic thread cutter which I could not live without! With a push of a button, it trims the bobbin and top thread closely to the quilt which saves a lot of thread. Other than that, it’s a really simple machine that, as mentioned previously, has no bells and whistles. It only sews straight stitches (nope, it doesn’t even have a zig-zag stitch), there’s nothing digital/computerized about it. It’s all metal in the interior. I love this machine.

Here’s a video my husband took to demonstrate the speed:

And as you can see, it sews beautiful stitches.

So to answer your questions on how I quilt so quickly, it definitely helps having a super fast machine especially when I’m in my power quilting zone. πŸ™‚ But of course a lot of it has to do with finding time to quilt. I take care of my son (plus another 1 yr old 2x/week), plus I have a part time job and I’m currently a busy-bee working on my book. So for me, I end up quilting late at night. One day a week I drop my son off at a drop-in daycare for a couple hours to get some quilting time in as well. If you’re truly passionate about something, you’ll find time for it regardless of a busy schedule.Β  It’s not easy, and finding time doesn’t always work out consistently, but if there’s a will there’s a way.

Anyway, in my last post I mentioned I had a live podcast interview on Creative Mojo (a crafty podcast). That was a new experience for me! In my interview I talked about my sewing machine, my new book and the Quilt as you Go technique, how I got started quilting/blogging, and I even talked about my short-legged furry baby, Paige. πŸ™‚

If you’re interested in hearing a live recording of it, you can find it HERE. Simply click the Wednesday, May 29th recording and fast forward to minute 19:30. The interview is about 20 minutes.

Speaking of my short-legged, furry baby, here’s some new pictures of Paige. That’s her spot in my crowded and messy sewing nook. πŸ™‚

Happy Quilting everyone!


12 Responses to My super FAST sewing machine

  1. Four dogs and one quilter June 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    I also have a Pfaff GHQ and I love it. I use it for all my piecing and quilting.

  2. Suzan June 9, 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    I have the Janome 1600P which is basically the same machine. I totally love mine especially for free motion quilting!

  3. ultraorganized June 10, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Nice machine – I love your dog#!}

  4. Melissa at My Fabric Relish June 10, 2013 at 3:24 am #

    Well said and so very true about finding the time. I get asked the same question with having two toddlers. I just say I make the time because its important to me. Adorable pup picture too!

  5. Judith Gale June 10, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Looks like a great machine. I love my Bernina but…maybe a second machine sometime soon πŸ™‚

  6. Claire Hawkes June 14, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    Hi Jera!

    I'm Claire, and I'm an intern for You may be familiar with some of our friends at FaveCrafts and AllFreeSewing. I'm contacting you because I would love to feature some of your quilting tutorials on!

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    • Quiltingintherain June 14, 2013 at 8:49 pm #

      Hi Claire! Thanks for the comment. You want to contact me at QuiltingInTheRain at gmail dot com? πŸ™‚ Sounds like fun.

  7. Anonymous June 29, 2013 at 4:52 pm #

    Just found your blog and love it. The Juki TL-2010Q is the equivalent of the Grand Quilter and a great machine. It has the thread cutter in the foot pedal as well as on the front of the machine. Both are great for free motion quilting because you can adjust that speed. Thank you for your contributions to the quilt world!


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  11. James Gerber August 15, 2016 at 3:53 pm #

    Just found your blog and love it. I would pick the pfaff smarter based on what your comments were. If I need a new machine I will look for a pfaff dealer. best espresso machine for home

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