So, I purchased a singer darning foot for my older machines to try to FMQ. The machine I was hoping for, it fit, but because that machine has a needle that is not centered on the needle plate, it would hit the foot. I suppose I could figure out some kind of spacer and some day use this, as I can manually put the feed dogs down with that machine.
So then I called out the big dawgs and brought out my big high speed brown machine (I need to think of a good name for her), and put the foot on. It fit, but I cannot lower the feed dogs with this machine.
The thing that worries me about not lowering the feed dogs, over time, that part will wear out. My feed dogs have worn severely on my Janome MC9000, as I have used the dickens out of her.
So during quilting, with feed dogs, you are very limited with the correct rhythm. On this old gem, because it was designed to be a treadle, when you take your foot off the gas pedal, it keeps sewing a few stitches. Which made FMQ even more difficult. There were two swoops that I cannot do on this machine. The needle threads from left to right. So if I ran over the thread in the process of moving in my loop, the needle would break the thread every time. I sewed this pot holder with breakage at every loop for the first few loops, realized the movement causing the breakage and changed up how I was swooping. Got almost all the way around to where I started and got in a hurry, and zigged when I should have zagged. Bam, broken thread again. But again, with an old machine, there are NO TENSION ISSUES! I have battled tension issues with my MC9000 to the point of wondering if something is worn out. It has an automatic tensioner. After years of practice, sometimes it still gives me grief. So the domestic will be perfect for straight line quilting and perhaps small projects that I will be able to spin 360 degrees to prevent breakage.
And my quilting is far from perfect. But this will be a trivet, that sits upon the stove. I noticed my stove top is acquiring scratches over the years. (You would be scratched too if you were almost 70 years old!) It will serve its purpose. Made imperfect with imperfect hands. I am ok with that, it is still very useable. And what I learned is valuable. It is a win to the second power!
These are the scraps left over from the spools quilt that is waiting to be quilted. This trivet also served as an audition of how I will quilt the larger version of this block.
For those of you who know me well, know about the private details in my life, stuff I don’t write about. I was commissioned (for free) to do a small job on towels. I marked new wash cloths with slashes, a different qty for each day. (nothing like doing more friggen laundry, but I remain silent) I had very particular instructions with drawing goodness and achieved happiness by the individual who commissioned the work. That is all I have sewn since the pot holder on Sunday.
I also posted BBQ BLT’s, so if you are interested in the recipe, click here. The weekend is almost here, and it will be a day longer, yay! I used to wish for the weekend to hurry up, or for the clock to say 4:00 so I could go home to the hobby and sew. I realized I was wishing my life away. I have stopped doing that, and look at the time continuum differently now. I know my goal, but do not wish for it to be here sooner. Old age sometimes makes you go hmmmmm about things.
I hope to have something else to post this weekend, but this week seems to be a non-sewing week as I am so tired. Once the weather changes, so will I. As you age, you become a very good meteorologist. You know when it is going to rain, or when a low pressure is in the mix, HA! For those of you that know me are probably laughing because I am not old, but I am a day older than yesterday, and so on. Perhaps this is not old age, but wisdom!
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