What Do You Think?
It's Valentine's Day, and hubby is kind enough to be okay with not going out into the sea of coupling masses this evening! Instead, he is playing with his new Blu-Ray burner, and I am watching Renae's Amazing Ways to use Circles and Rays by Renae Haddadin. I don't have the templates as of yet, but I am enjoying the video!
As I mentioned before, I have had issues with my machine since purchasing it, and it has me thinking. Does the machine matter when quilting for show? I will be straight and upfront here, I have never wanted to quilt for other people. I wanted my longarm to quilt my own pieces for show and for art/sale. I will also be honest, and say that I have never been "into" the big time huge expensive sewing machine. Granted, my longarm is a bit pricey, but it is also a 17" which means in longarm terms, "frugal". My domestic machine I use, was $200. I know women who have spent thousands on a domestic machine. (We can get into my fear of competing at a later date! lol)
So my question is, can a person with "average" equipment compete in the quilting world? Put another way, "Is it the equipment, or how you use it?" I have been trying to observe the competition arena, and so far, I have noticed that the winners always quilt on a "big boy", that is a larger professional machine (Gammill, APQS and A1.) Does this mean that the smaller machines, like Hobby Quilter, Fun Quilter, Lenny, George, etc. can not produce big show quality quilts? (Think Houston, California, Paducah.)
I honestly do not know the answer to this question. Mainly, I just fear based on my troubles, that perhaps a smaller machine, isn't "fit" enough for tough competitions. Or is it just that very few people are actually quilting with the smaller models?