I thought you'd like to see a picture of my sewing machine. It's a Juki TL98E that my husband bought for our anniversary seven years ago.
Juki makes great sturdy sewing machines. It doesn't have any fancy stitches; it doesn't have a computer; it doesn't do embroidery. It goes forward, it goes backward, it does it very, very well. And very, very quickly - 1500 stitches per minute.
Juki and I have gone through the wars together. We've made countless quilts and drapes, sewed pillows, sewed clothes, done it all. Without a problem without a skipped stitch, without one trip to the repair shop. Just a little oil, and off you go. It's built like a tank.
It has an extension table attachment so machine quilting is easier. And it has one invaluable option: it cuts your thread! Just a tap on the red button beside the foot pedal or a push of the gray button below the stitch length dial, and no more thread snipping. You don't know how wonderful it is when you're chain piecing. This one little function is worth the cost of admission.
The new model TL98Q also has a needle threader. When my Juki goes to that big sewing machine shop in the sky, I know what I want for Christmas!
Oh, yes. That's a little view of my kitchen where I sew. I had the cabinet installer make a table height eating area with the same countertop as the cabinets. It has turned legs I ordered to match the cabinets. The layout is great because it's accessible from both sides, wide enough to do rotary cutting and pinning, and the top is more durable than a wood table.
You can also see my little splurge LCD tv on the corner of the cabinet. When we redid the kitchen in 2003 my husband bought me the television so I could have entertainment while I sewed and cooked. A lot of the time it's just background noise but I enjoy the option. I think McCain is blathering on there right now. The sound is muted. (Probably the best way to get through this election season.)