I have a Pfaff Grand Quilter that sews 1,600 stitches per minute. This machine is a workhorse! It's sews consistently good stitches (i never have to worry about thread tension being off). The only 'bells and whistles' it has is the automatic thread cutter which I could not live without! With a push of a button, it trims the bobbin and top thread closely to the quilt which saves a lot of thread. Other than that, it's a really simple machine that, as mentioned previously, has no bells and whistles. It only sews straight stitches (nope, it doesn't even have a zig-zag stitch), there's nothing digital/computerized about it. It's all metal in the interior. I love this machine.
Here's a video my husband took to demonstrate the speed:
So to answer your questions on how I quilt so quickly, it definitely helps having a super fast machine especially when I'm in my power quilting zone. :) But of course a lot of it has to do with finding time to quilt. I take care of my son (plus another 1 yr old 2x/week), plus I have a part time job and I'm currently a busy-bee working on my book. So for me, I end up quilting late at night. One day a week I drop my son off at a drop-in daycare for a couple hours to get some quilting time in as well. If you're truly passionate about something, you'll find time for it regardless of a busy schedule. It's not easy, and finding time doesn't always work out consistently, but if there's a will there's a way.
Anyway, in my last post I mentioned I had a live podcast interview on Creative Mojo (a crafty podcast). That was a new experience for me! In my interview I talked about my sewing machine, my new book and the Quilt as you Go technique, how I got started quilting/blogging, and I even talked about my short-legged furry baby, Paige. :)
If you're interested in hearing a live recording of it, you can find it HERE. Simply click the Wednesday, May 29th recording and fast forward to minute 19:30. The interview is about 20 minutes.
Happy Quilting everyone!