My New Baby

Technically, it’s bigger, and heavier than my kiddos, but a new sewing machine is just as exciting around here!

New Baby -

My friends at Baby Lock have provided the Crown Jewel, a 18″ long arm, in exchange for some projects and tutorials for all of you and their loyal readers!  It’s a win-win situation :)  (Yep! That’s a pallet in my driveway!)

New Baby -

Thankfully Joe was home yesterday afternoon when it was delivered – I know I could have put it together, but I trust it a lot more with his handiwork.  The table went up, we made lots of adjustments and rearranged a few things in the space around the table.

New Baby -

Isn’t she pretty?

New Baby -

The kids kept checking in on our progress, Ella and Sophia were excited to see it finally plugged in, but were still wondering how a quilt works on the rails.  After they went to bed, I loaded some fabric and batting, double checked my threading job, and tuned the tension.  After an hour of quilting, I documented my first empty bobbin, and decided to be done for the evening.  Of course, I could have stayed all night!

New Baby -

I love quilting!  And to be able to quilt with a smooth gliding machine – heaven!

I have lots to learn in the months to come, and look forward to sharing the experiences with you.

Let  me know if you have any questions, or helpful tips!


By |2018-02-05T17:07:18-06:00April 9th, 2013|Baby Lock, Long Arm Quilting|36 Comments


  1. Michele April 9, 2013 at 5:57 am - Reply

    So exciting Amy! I’m picking up my new-to-me long arm machine and frame this weekend. We can learn together. Have fun with it. I know that I will.

  2. Cindy Sharp April 9, 2013 at 6:56 am - Reply


  3. Marjorie April 9, 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

    U will love her!!! I have 2 baby locks. Love thrm

  4. Debbie Clarke April 9, 2013 at 7:15 am - Reply

    Oh , man, how awesome is this! I’m wanting the Tiara tabletop model…..can I get the same deal….I wish!
    What fun you will have, and a whole new world of things to learn. Looking forward to all your efforts and tidbits you learn.

  5. Andrea April 9, 2013 at 7:17 am - Reply

    Hi Amy, congrats on the machine! I got one just over a month ago and it is so fun.. Lots to learn! If you have questions, let me know!

  6. Marcia K April 9, 2013 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I love the expression on the girls faces in the picture! I can imagine how delighted I would be to have something like that. Now if I had something that was quilting with a smooth action like that I would be thrilled as well!!

  7. Paulette Doyle April 9, 2013 at 7:35 am - Reply

    OMG!!! How lucky are YOU!! And look at the size of that bobbin!! Heaven! You are going to have a blast!!

  8. Laura April 9, 2013 at 8:10 am - Reply

    How Fun!! You showed great restraint by only sewing one bobbin’s worth.

  9. Elizabeth Johnson April 9, 2013 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Oh I am so excited for you! I would do tutorial forever just for a new sewing machine! Hum, have to work on that. Yippee! For you my friend. Do the happy dance!

  10. Malini April 9, 2013 at 8:48 am - Reply

    That’s wonderful! Just recently I have been renting long arm and love it. But even though my quilting is good on DSM, there is a steep learning curve on the long arm.

    Enjoy your quilting!

  11. marjorie April 9, 2013 at 9:12 am - Reply

    How can I get one now??? without buying her…
    I don’t have the space or I would have one….Ihave the Tempo and melody…I couldnt tell you more earlier because I was sending from my phone…hard to see. Keep us informed, please. Nothing runs smoother!!!!

  12. Queenie April 9, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    How totally exciting!!!! You will love your long arm for sure.
    Enjoy the new machine!
    Have a great day.
    Always, Queenie

  13. Jennifer D April 9, 2013 at 10:02 am - Reply

    Oh, how fabulous for you!! What a sweet deal you’ve made! I would love to work on a long arm (I live in the middle-of-nowhere Wisconsin and there isn’t a LQS that has rental long-arms within 200 miles. True story.). Maybe someday…. Until then, we all can live vicariously through you. :)

  14. Michelle Harrison April 9, 2013 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Congratulations! I’m sure the rest of the family will have to get used to all the time you will need to spend with the new “Baby”.

  15. Pam April 9, 2013 at 11:51 am - Reply

    WOW! What fun that is! You very own lovely longarm machine. You are in for some real fun now! Congratulations on your new baby!!!


  16. Mary C in WA April 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm - Reply

    What a deal! I’ll be watching for your progress on using your NEW BABY!

  17. Suzanne April 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Wow!! Have fun with it!! I’m drooling a little over here :)

  18. Miep April 9, 2013 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    How exciting, you will have Sooooo much fun with your new machine.
    Enjoy it, now we will wait and see what you have stitched.

  19. amy smart April 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    SO excited for you!

  20. Linda April 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    It’s going to be so much fun having you share this new journey with us.

  21. Tami April 10, 2013 at 9:09 am - Reply

    Wow!! That’s so exciting!. All my DSM’s are Baby locks and I love them! Congratulations and good luck! You’ll love it!

  22. Dresden Quilter April 10, 2013 at 9:28 am - Reply

    Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing all of your new quilting projects!

  23. Sew Create It - Jane April 11, 2013 at 4:19 am - Reply

    What fun! Congrats on the new “baby” looking forward to watching you explore all its features and sharing your experience with us!

  24. Victhor April 12, 2013 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Oh Damn, S**t just got real! I have a Crown Jewel. Love Love Love it! It is a workhorse!

  25. Sinta Renee April 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Wow, that is a great trade! She really is a Crown Jewel! I am thrilled for you!

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