Sewing Machine Horror

There was a lot of cursing yesterday afternoon as all of a sudden my stitches started to get jammed in the machine. I think the bobbin was somehow jumping a bit and the threads were getting caught in the mystery underbelly of the machine. I took the face plate off and tried to clean things up but it didn’t help. I was annoyed on many levels, mostly because I was keen to finish my Baby’s First Christmas quilt before I leave tomorrow for home. Now little pieces are lying in waiting anticipation for my return…

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I found a place nearby that repairs and services machines so lovely John’s job while I’m away is to drop it off and get it back safely by the time I get back.

I managed to get half of the quilt top done before it grinded (literally) to a halt…

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I got the idea for these blocks from the Fat Quarterly book “Shape Workshop for Quilters”. It’s been a popular book on blogs and I finally got around to buying it and trying a block. The book lays out different block ideas based on different techniques as well as giving some examples of how to put them together in a quilt top. I have just taken the wavy block idea that uses half square triangles. I’ve a sewed them together in groups of three and played with a print pattern that will be more apparent when it’s done. If I remember correctly this is Riley Blake fabric. I also want to put a nice boarder around the entire thing when it’s done but I’m making these things up as I go along!..

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I’m pleased with this design and once again love the creativity of quilting. I know it’s very obvious to long time quilters but it’s great to be able to take a simple block design and play with it to become your own. Knitters have this in the form of different stitch pattern swatch books but it just seems so much quicker for a quilter to play with design. I’m not abandoning my knitting roots of course but I am becoming more interested in quilting for sure!

3 thoughts on “Sewing Machine Horror

  1. Take that bobbin out, and put a newly wound bobbin in. Put in a fresh needle and rethread your top thread. Also; look in your bobbin area for any foreign objects…..I was skipping stitches in my zig-zag and it was a teeny tiny broken tip of a needle. Good luck. Love those 1/2 square triangles; so versatile!

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