It's a Juki DDL 8700 - industrial strength lockstitch machine.
You may be wondering why I chose this machine of all the machines out there in the world? Well, for starters, it's an AMAZING price! You can't get the speed, accuracy, reliability, and throat plate space for less than 1,000 on a DSM.
I can proudly say I would never have been able to assemble this on my own. Thankfully, my Father is a contractor. He is amazing when it comes to these things and he was able to get it done in a little over 4 hours total. That's impressive folks!
This is my Dad, Keith Hager. When he first arrived at my flat, he said to me "just as long as I don't lose any hair I'll be okay"
He's always the jokester! lol
My Dad's Wife, Donna Hager, is assisting him across the table. She has more patience than I can comprehend. She kindly sits and helps as Dad constructs my sewing machine, table and motor. She would hand him various tools that I don't even recognize by the name.
Dad gets the table and frame together at last!. He has attached the motor to the underside of the table, the bobbin winder, and the foot pedal at this point.
He has the instructions (with photos) on the table.
I will say that the photos don't do much good at all though. They are written in Japanese and then translated.. . . badly. Here are some of the examples of the instructions:
"Tight the pulley" and
"Put the Belt"
We HAD to get a photo of Dad scratching his head. Please let there be a few hairs left!!
This photo is of all the "extra" parts! hahahaha
I know . . SCARY right?!
My new Jukibaby. She runs like a dream! She is kind of hard to thread, but once you get her threaded she goes and goes. This machine has a "servo" motor, as opposed to a "clutch" motor. It's supposed to be more quiet than regular industrial motors. I was skeptical. BUT, once I got her humming along. . she IS INDEED quiet!! As a matter of fact, quieter than my little Janome home sewing machine that I USED to do all my FMQ on!!!
I still have to get a high-shank darning foot for this machine. I'll let you know how my free-motion quilting goes once I do. I'm SOOOOO excited!
It's NO longarm. . but I think this badboy machine will last me for QUITE a few years until I can afford one.
Thank you SOOOOO much to my mom, Terrie Bowen for my Christmas present.
This was NOT a cheap machine to purchase as a gift and I am so appreciative.
Thank you to my Dad for buying the table and installing it for me for my birthday. I am so VERY blessed and grateful to you both!