Ok. I finished destroying the first sacrifice to the machine and thought I had a fairly decent command of the darn thing.

I was wrong.

I'm starting to think this machine is one of my life trials.. a key test for my place in heaven.

I got all nervously excited to start the first non-test-like quilt this morning. I got it all situated on the rails. I wound the bobbins. I threaded the machine and double checked the rails and bungees. I started sewing....I forgot to put the foot down. AGAIN.

I fixed the problem and started once more. Keep in mind that I have sewn in more than one commercial sewing establishment, I've made EZ-ups, sleeping bags, table cloths, napkins and sports clothes of all kinds. I can use almost any commercial machine out there with great success, I made a wonderful piece rate sewing all of these things and was always the first to 'test' any new pattern, design or machine that came into those places.

I discovered this morning..I cannot sew a straight line. I decided to quit while I was ahead. I'm going to walmart, buying 5 yards of dollar a yard fabric and spending the weekend practicing quilting straight lines..then I'll take apart what I did this morning and try again.

If I fail once again..there will be a quilting machine for sale, lol.

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Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 30, 2012 at 6:14pm
good idea. that is a really cute little quilt with open spaces and houses and all the things you could do with quilting to make it even more fun and cute!

i wanted a long arm forever. done up to queen size on my dyeing necchi. but never had the room or the cash for a long arm setup. you got such a good deal. the net makes it an approachable idea now...but no room for one, and don't see having a home or space big enough in future. so...
. ....i will live my longarm quilt dream vicariously thru the adventures and misadventures of you and others!! lollol
Comment by viki hagan on September 30, 2012 at 5:48pm

I have machine quilted many a quilt on my trusty little Janome.. but I have not ever done more than try out the longarms at quilt shows, so this was my first tumble down the rabbit hole...now I know.  I think I will make that little quilt again when I'm a little more steady with the straight seams and can outline the houses and quilt in little doors on the front.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 30, 2012 at 5:17pm
sounds like your destructive sunday turned into fruitfully productive sunday. hooray!! i went out amd picked/munced a vunch of grapes...so my day has been at least "fruitfull" lol

first ...i agree about the 12$ + a yard cost of fabric...ergo - i own none. knowingly :)), may have from gift fabrics or yard sales...but i have not paid that price.

i am not working on longarm quilt machine...but scissors are one of my (ahem...) several manias. i really don't know how many pair i own...and plan to add to the stash of snips too. lol

i am afraid that i would have been standing there next to your hubby when he made his remark about the paint. and i would be standing there whining & protesting "but..but viki!" whenever you tossed an unacceptably error inundated quilting mess. i just am too parsimonious to toss w/o just tons and tons of time and soul searching before finally giving in and tossing out. and when i do...i feel such an incredible lightening of feeling that i made such a wise decision! would that i had your fortitude! lol

now then...this housing disaster of which you post photo here.
...that is adorable! and i don't know what the backside looks like...and that is probably a good thing? lol. but the wuilting looks really great feom where i am sitting. hmmm..the "warrior princess" is wanting jer seat in the sun back. so i will move.

well...it still looks good from over here too. yup. like that...a lot. congrats on gettin' thru the first learning stage...looking forward to seeing more and more ..

...i thought you HAD been machine quilting...do you mean on long arm as opposed to domestic?

finally....yeah..get a fan..maybe two, cross current seems to help mix and stir the air flow better. and don't cut the hair off...come on! a little drastic don't ya think? lol

i know!! ...next blog/discussion...find out how many of the full time long arm quilters here have done that...cut thier hair off. ...or ask how long thier hair is?! :))
Comment by viki hagan on September 30, 2012 at 4:52pm

Nope, I don't test. I was once complaining about the color of a wall that I'd painted and my husband said..ya know, they make more paint every day, just repaint it...and that's the view I take on quilting. Every quilt is a lesson learned and if I waste a little fabric on the way, so be it, they make more every day. I've been known to toss entire quilts because I just hated them that much or there were just too many errors to be salvaged. Of course if I spent $12 a yard on something I'd be bit more vigilant.. but I never buy fabric for prices like that, I think it's ridiculous, if it's not on sale for a price I feel is reasonable it doesn't get bought.

Now for news of the quilting machine...I finished the little neighborhood quilt. It is not finished well, the bobbin and I had a bit of a running in at one point and it took me three tries to fix it and the last time I said, I am not ripping this out again..I will just carry on and it will hang on my wall as a reminder of where I started with machine quilting and with each quilt I will easily be able to see how much I've improved. So, here it is.

I've learned a few things..

1. I don't have enough pairs of scissors, at least three pair would be good, so there is a pair at each end and in the middle, lol.

2. Long tweezers are your friend and sooooooo very useful for fixing those bobbin issues and threading the machine across the width of the quilt.

3. I need to buy a fan and chop off all my hair, that is hot and sweaty work.

When I was done I still felt a bit like sewing so I took some crazy blocks I had done and quilted them up into some mug rugs, that top finished one I"m keeping and I think I'll put the rest for sale at the craft fair in two weeks.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 30, 2012 at 1:23pm
oops...wrong button again..having my own style destruction sunday going here.
are you serious or kidding re: the test pieces? i got the idea fr a book i think. i also used to make test blocks with muslin...then started gerring a lot of poly mixes in with yard sale finds, i used that to make my test blocks. the early magazines, even the muxh lauded qulters newslette, were inaccurate. probably because of distortion caused by printing process..don't know..just the way it was. so i started redrafting eaxh block that appealed ro me. had so much fun redrafting, testing then making a vlock out of fabs i
iked that ere cotton...i usually never went beyond that. occasional little wall quilt or potholder or whatever for gifts. same w blocks i designed...pre pc programs.

so..you have such a great sense of humor i don't know if you are joking or not lollol..vut testing testing...yup, that's how i have always done it! :))

so boringly prosaic i be hahaha
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 30, 2012 at 1:17pm

well happy destruction sunday to you roo! lol
Comment by viki hagan on September 30, 2012 at 12:52pm

Test pieces? What are those exactly? I've never even considered the concept, lol. I've been known to sew an entire quilt together with hand quilting thread because I still had full bobbins. I use whatever size needle I have. I buy whatever batting is on sale..except for the occasional splurge for wool in a quilt I spent too many hours sewing. Again, I say.. test pieces? I have no idea what you are speaking of, lol.

And on that note, I'm off to see what else I can destroy with the new machine. If you don't hear from me, send bail money. I've taken a shot gun to the thing and am in jail for murder.. don't forget the chocolate.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on September 29, 2012 at 12:22pm
viki you and karen BOTH crack me up. i am such a boring person...i have always done the test pieces with similar wt fabs & batt. same thread that will be used. fiddle w the tensions upper & lower..test an unfamiliar q pattern...which is nearly all of them as i frequently make it up as i go along lol. but...the foot down thing? hmmm...this may amaze & stun you...but i really did think that i was the only uncontollably excited to get started silly out here in quilty world that did that foot up thing!!! lollollol

ethelda....maybe she needs BARS of dark chocolate instead of PIECES? lollol
Comment by viki hagan on September 29, 2012 at 11:36am

Thanks ladies.. I hope you are both right and I won't be cussing the thing for too much longer.

Comment by Karen Lightman on September 29, 2012 at 11:10am

Lol...you crack me up! I definitely am no longer envious.  I think your just in too big of a hurry. Maybe a little check list like an airplane pilot does when he cranks up that plane. At least you have been able to figure out what you did wrong. You'd go crazy watching me try to figure out what I do wrong (which is lots).  Me and the repair guy are pretty good friends now and he's taught me a lot about fixing it myself...I'm suspecting he's seeing some other sewing machine destroyer but but I guess I'll look the other way : ( You'll find your method and things will move nice and smooth.  I wish you luck and look forward to the next installment of " The Adventures of Viki and the Confounding Machine!" hehe

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