Last weekend I was working away on several projects, merrily sewing away.
I didn't realize that a loose end of a thread had been sucked into my sewing machine's fly wheel, and was busy wrapping itself up nice and tight.
I sewed all last weekend.
I sewed a couple of evenings through the week. I sewed on Friday night.
I didn't discover the problem until Sunday when I went to work on my Tangled Textiles piece, which just happened to be due Monday (today) and I had basically started from scratch on my piece again on Friday.
The machine didn't sound good and seemed really sluggish. It was at that point that I discovered the thread. Not a pretty sight. :(
The machine will be going in for servicing this week. I hope I haven't fried it completely. Normally, this wouldn't be as much of an issue, I'd flip over to my Mega Quilter and just keep going. However, I took that machine in for service last week, and it isn't back yet.
That left me with my little machine that I take to workshops. It's new and while it's great for piecing, I hadn't yet tried any quilting on it. Another not so good discovery. I like to free motion. In all directions. Not happening on this little one. It was okay - not great - going in one direction, very slow and only about 5 inches of throat space, but would not form a stitch if I changed directions! Can we say frustrating? After wasting a ton of time trying to see if I could get it to work, I decided to see if the walking foot would work. Finally - success. I was able to finish the quilting on my Tangled Textiles piece - which has ended up very different from what I imagined, and much simpler, but then that's what happens when you leave things to the last minute!
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