10.00 Thrift Store Sewing Machine? Yep!

I would never have thought to look for a sewing machine at Goodwill. Actually, I wasn't looking, but I almost tripped over it. 

Sitting on a low shelf, box sticking out about half way off the shelf, I could tell it was a sewing machine so I had to know more. 

Digging into the very dirty cardboard box, there were a couple of stink bugs, nasty things, hanging out in a corner, a Janome dual feed foot, a stippling foot, a users manual, foot pedal, power cord and a Janome 1600p DBX. 

I've been wanting a high speed, heavy duty straight stitch machine. My heart was set on a Juki TL2010q. It still is. But then I looked at the price tag... 9.99.

Deciding it was worth the gamble, I hauled that thing off the shelf, plugged it in to make sure it would at least come on, it did, then headed to the counter to check out. Then I drove straight to our local sewing machine repair shop which also happens to be a Janome dealer. Asking them to assess it to see if it's operational, then I left it there.

About a week later they gave me a call to let me know it was indeed operational, but they did recommend a full service, cleaning and adjustment. I agreed.

Today, I brought it home. 

I. Love. This. Machine. The stitch quality is excellent. I did quite a bit of free motion quilting with it, because that was my main reason for wanting a straight stitch machine. Not one skipped stitch, broken needle or snapped thread. I'm no expert when it comes to FMQ. In fact I'm horribly inconsistent. But this machine even made my sloppy FMQ look decent.

I read a lot of mixed reviews on the DBX. I decided that even if I hated the machine it didn't cost enough to worry me!

The large harp is also nice, lots of room for quilting larger projects. 

It's not the newest and bestest, but it was 10.00 and now I have a heavy duty, high speed straight stitch machine! 

You never know what you're going to find at a thrift shop.

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