As I finished the Ribbon & Lace quilt, I was struggling as I was doing the free-motion quilting of the feathered wreaths, in particular. The thread kept breaking when I was moving in one specific direction. I could make the interior feathers without much of an issue. I could do stippling and loops, again without much of a problem... but those outside feathers were a pain in my hiney!
I cleaned the machine... I adjusted the tension... AND I tried to slow the stitching speed... I had some luck with that for a while, but it became harder and harder to control the speed. Dave and took the foot control off of the machine and had a look-see inside. There really isn't much to the pedal, but he took it to his shop and cleaned the contacts. It was better than before, but still not as it should have been.
I ordered a new foot pedal, but it would be a week before it arrived. Dave made a small block of wood that he mounted to the foot pedal, creating a forced stop for the speed. As a temporary fix, it was taped to the front of the pedal, and he added a few layers of tape to the top to fine tune the speed that I was after. The new foot pedal is sooooooo much better! I just plumb wore it out!
Have you ever had an issue like this? Sewing machine maintenance is an important part of being a quilter or sewist. How often do you change your needle? How often do you clean and lubricate your machine?
I clean all of the fuzzies out and change the needle after each quilt, unless of course it is a smaller table runner or baby quilt... I'll do it after a few smaller projects.
Like when I was done making the small bags for several of the ladies at the Bible Study.
I heard from several of you that you made some as well...
Lynn White shared pictures of the bags she made... Aren't they cute? Did anybody else make a bag or two... or three or four? Send an email... I'd love to see them!
I have been working on this week's mini-quilt challenge... It is coming along. I'll share the finish when I get there. But it's been a while since I did a review of the mini-quilts. Since then, I have finished eight more...
|Spring is in the Air - 12/52
|Orphan Smocking & Applique - 13/52
|Matchstick Modern - 14/52
|Flight of a Butterfly - 15/52
|Danita's Angel - 16/52
|Peace & Love - 17/52
|Tiny Windmills - 18/52
This checkerboard mini was inspired by a small Trip Around the World block and the dimpled quilting in the center(ish) of each square gives it the texture I was looking for. 💙 It measures 6" inches... each one of those squares is approximately 1/2" square. And I love the fade of colors.
Thanks for the visit and keep piecing,
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