One thing that’s been on mind for more than a year is that I need a new sewing cabinet. One where my machine will sit flush with the table top so that I can bone up on my machine quilting skills. Right now, my machine sits on a folding cafeteria table and has one of those acrylic “beds” which gives me more room for piecing and general sewing, but it makes quilting a large quilt painful and frustrating.
In my town there are two Horn dealers and I made up my mind that I was going to buy the quilter’s model from one of them and buy something else from the other. I’ve been saving my money for a long time and I’m finally ready to place my order. My birthday is coming up in a few weeks and I’m going to celebrate with the new purchase.
But last weekend something happened that made me doubt my purchase decision. I had run in to the “other” dealer just to ask a Horn question because they’re closer to me than the other one. Oh my goodness, they also carry Koala cabinets now. I had never seen any Koalas in person, only in magazine ads. I know that they’re more expensive than the Horns so I never gave them another thought, the Horns are expensive enough. But to see one up close and touch it? The workmanship and quality is exquisite. Koala has many more layout possibilities than Horn, and if you have the money and the room, you could set yourself up one heck of a studio. So I got to thinking that maybe I ought to save for a few more months and go with a Koala. Hmmm, what to do, what to do?
Then Erin and Kevin told us about the baby. I had just the day before told my friend Kay that if I ever had grandchildren I was going to get a serger and make baby clothes. What timing! I think this made my decision for me. I’ll get the Horn and put the extra money I would have paid for a Koala toward a serger. I don’t need the serger for several more months and that will give me time to save for it.
If you have either Horn or Koala, please post a comment and let me know what you think of the model you bought. The one I’m buying is the Quilter’s Dream #3180.