So, somewhat of an unexpected hiatus on the sewing and quilting front, and the blogging thereof.
A couple weeks ago, I started quilting on a long-waiting quilt top and suddenly it stopped forming stitches, like the bobbin was empty. Except it wasn’t.
Which meant, horror of sewing horrors, the timing was off. In short, something expensive. WELL, the hubby and I are go-getters, so we took a large chunk of the day to watch some videos and strip down the machine.
Yes, it was scary. But then we got it working! A stitch would form when we manually turned the wheel. I got it all back together & the hubby went off to do errands. I turned it on, it was fine. I went to sew and… nothing.
Then I couldn’t get the cover back off completely until the hubby came back. Turns out we forgot to reconnect the motor. And THEN it worked again. So many facepalms.
We are getting ready to move into our new (old & renovated) house so not a lot of sewing has been done. Packing and lugging boxes and cleaning, yes, but not much quilting.
I finally got back to the quilt giving me issues, and it seemed like I continued to have them, even though stitches were forming fine. Hubby suggested I go slower than usual, so that was a bit of an adjustment, and it felt like the quilt was hard to maneuver – even though it was only lap size. I’m sure there’s a metaphor in there somewhere.
At any rate – I did finish the quilt in question, though near the end I thought to myself, “I’ll just put it back to full speed and floor it like I usually do.”
And it happened again. This time it only took an hour to fix – having done it before – and at 3/4 speed I finished the rest that day.
I’ve since worked on another quilt needing quilting, and so far it’s been fine. I’m not sure I want to test it on high speed again though. I’ve also been extra careful about oiling it regularly (it has a light) and cleaning it way more often and not sewing over pins. So I don’t know if it’s me pulling something when quilting, or something is slipping when it runs at full speed. It’s a really good, really expensive machine that doesn’t have these issue, so… I dunno.