Tuesday, April 15, 2014
The frequency of my bouts of insomnia seem to be increasing. But at least last night’s bout had a few benefits: I was able to finish up two more Kiss blocks and I was able to see the lunar eclipse.
I took my sewing machine to the repair shop yesterday morning … I was met by their resident machine repair person who told me that it would be 2 weeks before she’d be able to get to my machine as she was going to be on vacation for 2 weeks … thankfully she offered to take a quick look at my machine to see if she could find a quick and easy fix. The only thing wrong that she could find was that my bobbin case was a bit loose, so she tightened it up. I brought my machine back home, hoping that would be the cure.
Sunday afternoon when I was growing increasingly frustrated with my Bernina’s bobbin stitch issues, I got out my old Janome and thought that perhaps I could switch machines. Since I couldn’t find its bobbin case (??), I thought I’d go ahead and take it to be serviced as well … and get a replacement bobbin case (of course, we all know that once I’ve purchased a new bobbin case, the old one will turn up!).
Unfortunately, the bobbin case fix didn’t solve the Bernina bobbin stitch issues … but I think I may have finally figured out what might be causing the problem. I noticed yesterday afternoon that the broken stitches were where I had placed a pin. I can’t remember if that was the case Saturday and Sunday, and yesterday afternoon there wasn’t a broken stitch at every pin. But it occurred to me that if I can place the pin so it’s buried in the bottom piece of fabric, perhaps I can avoid the broken stitches … I know it’s not a permanent solution, but it would at least allow me to use my Bernina until the repair tech returns from vacation and will allow me to give her a clue on what is happening. I stitched a couple of seams with the pin buried on the bottom with no breaking. I plan to do a good bit of sewing today … we’ll see if my theory holds up.
It was 30 degrees when I got up this morning … 30 degrees! In the middle of April! That’s just plain crazy!
I attended the guild meeting last night. I think overall that this guild just might work. I liked the idea of monthly challenges (especially the challenge for the April meeting where participants were given 2 color chips and a quilt block name … and were challenged to create the block using those two colors as the primary colors). I also like the fact that they have two retreats/year and a biennial 3-day retreat where they bring in nationally-known quilters to present classes (so far Mickey Depre and Pat Speth are lined up for the 2015 Quilt-Away).
Have a terrific Tuesday!