Monday, January 5, 2009

All couching done, sky mostly quilted, but machine problems.

Finally all the couching is done! Like I said, I bought a foot, which really helped. But it was still hard. And the foot is very close to the throat plate — I could barely fit the three layers under it, even with loosening the presser foot pressure.

Regardless, that's mostly done, except for a few touch-ups and parallel couching lines. The good news is that most of the sky is quilted! I was able to do it all in a couple of hours tonight. The bad news is that something seems to be wrong with my sewing machine. I have cleaned it out and changed the needle (and of course only use high quality materials). The problem is that it's getting jammed, and when I say jammed, I mean the quilt is getting pushed into the throat plate area. And when I finally wrench it free, some of the top thread has managed to wind itself around the bobbin. It's very weird. It did it once and I tried changing the needle and it has happened twice again. This is why the sky is mostly done and not all done.

Anyone have any ideas? I will take it in, of course, if necessary, but this is not the time for me to be without a machine. I don't have tons of machine work left, though, which is good.

Anyway, my idea is to put crystals or beads in the middle of the swirly bits.




This is a little blurry, but you get the idea. Again, very linty!

6 comments:

  1. it all looks great. the sky and the buildings. sorry to hear about your machine. what in the world is wrong with it? have you figured it out yet?

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  2. Thanks! I have no idea what's going on. I had just cleaned out the bobbin area and maybe I messed something up. I got back from dropping Molly off at school, but I'm going to see if there's maybe a thread down in there. And if not I might just move on over to the shop and work there. I just don't want the stress of worrying about it breaking down mid-quilt all the time. I don't like having to join threads (or whatever you'd call it when you have to restart in the middle of a motif).

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  3. Hi Cheryl! I am the unknown face over there... I will have to upload a picture at some point. I think the sky quilting is turning out beautiful. I like the thread colors! I think the crystals will look great in the swirls.

    How's the machine?

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  4. Thanks! I have a little water done now, but have been working the past two evenings so I haven't done a lot on it. Maybe tomorrow night. :-)

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  5. Cheryl
    this is gorgeous!
    Greta's mom

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