Thursday, July 30, 2009

Sewing


Macro, I love you.


I enjoy sewing. It appeals to my artistic, creative side. I like making something new and having a project. I decided a few years ago, after seeing a neat book on pictoral quilts, that I wanted to make a quilt. A couple months ago I got out some scrap fabric and started sewing it together, just to see what would happen. It went okay. I made a lot of mistakes but had fun and learned a lot. I even made my own bias tape and after messing it up three times, and watching a tutorial on YouTube, figured out how to attach it. It looks pretty bad, the mini quilt, but it was fun. Despite the help of YouTube, I have been unable to grasp the idea of the mitered corner. A friend of mine is coming over to help tomorrow-she is an amazing seamstress, really amazing. So I thought I ought to have something to miter. I started another mini-quilt today and about halfway into it my machine has gone on strike. I have no idea what is wrong. I have taken apart the bobbin and put it back together, I have unthreaded and rethreaded, I have done as I have learned with my computer, turned it off and back on again, but alas, it still just sits there, kaput. The fabric won't move. Everything sounds and feels like it's working properly, but the fabric is not propelled forward. I think it's the "feed dog," but haven't a clue how to fix it. So, I'm packing it in today. Here is the mini-quilt I did the other day, and the start of today, and the state of my dining room/sewing room/den/kitchen. :)

Can you believe it? I did that.


Note the screw drivers in an attempt to take off the top plate thing-whatever it's called. I couldn't get it off...probably a good thing. Oh-and the triangles? What was I thinking? Did you know when you sew triangles together there is no longer a point at the end? I'm sure there's a proper way to do triangles...I just cut off the points.


*****I DID IT! No, I take that back, Tony fixed it. It was just a setting. So, I finished the mini-quilt top after dinner.*****

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3 comments:

Ashley Katherine Lloyd said...

I am VERY impressed! I can't sew a straight line, so all of this other stuff you are doing is just amazing to me. :)

Katidid said...

I think your quilt looks awesome. I intentionally don't touch sewing machines because every time I do something on them breaks. :)

Richard C. Lambert said...

The fabric won't move. Everything sounds and feels like it's working properly, but the fabric is not propelled forward. I think it's the "feed dog," but haven't a clue how to fix it. how to use embroidery machine for quilting