So much trouble for such a little thing!

Troubles today with my machine.  Over a half hour of trouble!!!  Tore it apart, cleaned, tried to stitch, it jammed.  Cleaned again, it jammed.  Tried again, it jammed.  Got frustrated, cleaned again with the air compressor….it jammed.  Finally after over a half  hour I found the culprit!!!!!

Yes, that TINY FLECK OF LINT was the culprit the entire time!  It was stuck up inside the bobbin case, by the lip, just under the edge of the backlash spring and I had to dig it out with that pin!

Finally pretty stitches and no jamming!  Who knew such a tiny little thing could cause so much trouble!

Ah well, at least I had a pretty view out the studio door today:

Design Wall Monday, March 29, 2010

Not much progress has been made this week on my personal quilt on my design wall.  Two more blocks were made, but I’m starting to see the turning/twisting effect this layer is supposed to have:

In uncovering my personal design wall, I lost my design area for customer quilts.  To remedy that, out came the painters tape and a small cotton batting:

Much better, two design walls.  Now I won’t lose track of my own projects as I’ll always be able to see it staring at me saying….. “come work on me, I’m so lonely on this wall”……..


While working this afternoon, I realized just how often I find myself multi-tasking.  Thankfully the invention of computerized equipment facilitates that in this day and age.  And that’s a very good thing for a person with an over-active mind, it keeps me mentally occupied.

When I walked into the studio this morning, I saw this on my “newly made” second design wall (which may become permanent):

Of course, in working late last night to get to this stage, I neglected to do the embroidery below the school before I added the pieced border!  And on the longarm I had this waiting for binding as well:

What to do?  What to do?  How am I going to be in two places at once?  Oh wait, I have an embroidery machine that stands separate of my sewing machine and is conveniently located beside it:

Just turn my chair and scootch over a bit and I’m right at the embroidery machine and laptop it runs off of!  How much more convenient can it get?  Okay, with the expense of a lot of money, it could get more convenient, but not today!

As for that lettering I neglected to embroider BEFORE I started to add borders, well, just use the Giant Hoop It All and pin, pin, pin the excess out of the way:

AND I’m right beside it so I can keep a close eye on it!

Gee, I wonder if all this multi-tasking will allow me to go outside and take another look at this today before it’s gone:

Yes, my only Bradford Pear is almost in full bloom now and if you look close you can see the green leaves starting to show through.  It won’t be long and I’ll have nice shade by the outside table I work on!