Number 10

After a weekend spent at quilt retreat with 25 other ladies from my quilt club, I decided I could no longer stand to put up with my unreliable Pfaff sewing machine that I had only bought in November, so yesterday I traded her in on an idiot proof Juki that is perfect for machine quilting:

These machines are straight stitch only but have a presser foot pressure adjustment and come with a walking foot, darning foot, and 1/4 inch guide foot, so this thing was designed with quilting in mind!
Here is the link to more info if you are interested:


After having problems with my Pfaff I called the customer service number a few months ago and discussed the Pfaff machine I had and its issues, I was told by the customer service person that the machines aren't callibrated for FMQing WTF!!!!! I bought it for FMQ! I don't care about decorative stitches and buttonholes etc, my $200 Brother machine can do that! I just wanted a machine that can FMQ as easily and consistently as my cheaper machine but with a larger harp space.

What I love about my Juki so far:

  • The harp space on this is 8.5" so it gives me 2" extra compared to my Brother machine and only 1" less than my Pfaff had. 
  • The spool pin can be used for large spools and cones because it has a built in extension arm to guide the thread
  • It has both manual and automatic thread cutters and both work great (the Pfaff one was blunt and in a bad spot)
  • I can thread a bobbin without unthreading the machine at all! I couldn't do that on the Pfaff
  • This machine is not dissimilar to my old Singer machines, it is basically the modern equivalent with feed dogs that drop and a presser foot pressure adjustment. It even threads in virtually the same way!

This changeover cost me nothing, because the purchase price of the Juki is the same as the purchase price of the Pfaff I was returning. I can't wait to get sewing on this little beauty

But there was more to come from my exciting day yesterday...

This little beauty cost me $20 at Savers thrift store yesterday! I went in looking for a chair or stool to use with my cabinet sewing machines (they need to be shorter than regular chairs, so I want to get an old chair hubby can cut the legs shorter on) but when I saw this in working condition and even the cabinet was in pretty good shape, I couldn't leave her there!

She is a 306k, she was made between 1954 and 1961 but I can't find her serial number in the database to get more specific than that. She does zig zag in various widths, hubby Matt who is an engineer was fascinated to see the mechanical nature of the zig zag.

The tension didn't even need adjusting!

I have named her Joyce which was a very popular name in the era that this machine was made and was also my grandmothers name. And it brings me joy to own her, so the name fits perfectly!

Have a great day, I know I will!


  1. So glad you were able to trade your machine in...sometimes simpler is better! And looks like we both had lucky finds!!! :)!ENJOY!

  2. Two really lucky deals! You are one lucky lady!!

  3. I so agree all these modern machines that do so many fancy stitches which if like me are never used, I was looking recently at machines but there were none that were just straight stitch. The sellers looked at me as if I as from another planet! Juki were at the show I went to, first time I have seen them for sale in the UK but they did not have straight stitch ones just fancy ones. The old singer looks full of character

  4. Congrats on your new machines! I've been thinking about getting the same machine, so I'm curious to hear how you like quilting on it. I wish that more of the sewing machine companies would make a simpler machine for quilters, that's affordable too. Maybe I'm just dreaming....

    1. I am planning on quilting a top using this Juki tomorrow, I'll let you know how it goes!

  5. I'd love to find a good working vintage machine in a thift shop. I stop by my local Goodwill once a week, just in case! Enjoy the Juki as well.


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