I've been channelling Tim Gunn this past few days (Project Runway for those of you scratching your head), and have babbled "make it work" on more than a few occasions. You see, my darling Bernina came very close to being thrown through my wall on Friday, after repeatedly snapping threads and just being an all round biatch of a machine. After the 542nd thread snap, I snapped. And turned to my IG friends, asking for advice...... Which lead to Gemma texting me instructions to do this......
After holding my breath for a while, I managed to gently dust the machinery and dislodge a little thread in the uptake thingamajig, then put it back together again....... It worked for a whole five minutes then
I called the dealer I bought her from (in Tasmania) and walked through some trouble shooting, and she gave me the bad news that I'd need to take her somewhere to be looked at. Thinking tension discs or a burr on the bobbin case. Sigh......
Anyway, I picked up my bottom lip and rang my Mum. Drove around there and picked up this......
Good old faithful! I used this for quite some time before buying my own Bernina, and it's an absolute work horse. HOWEVER.... it has no quilting extension table thingy, nor a walking foot, nor a zipper foot. Hence, I have had to make it work.
My to do list this week is literally packed. And I was so depressed about my missing baby, I couldn't bring myself to sew. Kicked myself up the bum this morning and got out my big extension table and just sort of sat it there. Worked out how to drop the feed dogs and whacked on the fmq foot and just gave it a crack.
And ta-daaaaa! Look, it's far from perfect, but given there's no needle down function, the fmq foot is not actually genuinely made for this machine and the dodgy way I had the extension table set up - it's pretty damn good! I had this cushion cover top finished a few days ago - it's a birthday gift for one of my youngest daughter's friends. M is for Mitchell! I pulled out a bag of scraps leftover from my SON's QUILT, which I knew eventually would come in handy! The letter M is from Quietplay's alphabet patterns, and is super easy.
I literally started in the middle of the cushion and worked my way outwards. There's some wonk in those "organic" straight lines! But I am actually very impressed with the consistent stitch length - that's one tick! I used my go to thread - Aurifil #2024.
Once I got the the white space, I tried a little pattern I've seen around, and just love it! I can see myself using it on a bigger scale on quilts.
I'm not even showing you the back! Let's just say that inserting a zipper without a zipper foot is not my forte! But hey - six year old boys are not likely to criticise? I hope?
All in all, it has been a very interesting experience. I have learnt patience in my quilting. After I'd finished this cushion, I kept going and finished off two other cushion cover tops for Collaborate For A Cause. And the quilting is actually incredibly neat and as I said before, the stitch length is perfect. So there's a lot to be said for quilting with anxiety! I am however looking forward to a phone call from the service guy telling me I can pick up my baby!
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