I almost called this post "Trying to Keep Busy", because things are upside down right now. My Berninia is still in the shop with undiagnosed issues. My husband is taking my also sick alternate/back up Bernina 153 to a different repair man we have used in the past. He likes to put stickers on things, but he is good, fast and reasonably priced. Who knows when the Bernina dealer will get back to me about the 740.
I have given up on the Janome, because it just doesn't like to sew through more than two layers of fabric. Now that is a flaw in a sewing machine if I ever heard of one. When it gets to a seam it slows down or stops and bunches up the fabric. Talk about frustrating. So here is what I did:
I know. I am a woman who owns four sewing machines, and I am down to the last one. My 1949 SInger Featherweight. I had been having issues with that as well, so I stopped using it some years back. I was having uneven and skipped stitches. I heard somewhere that could be a needle issue, and was I using Singer needles? Why no, I had a Schmetz needle in it. Turns out, Singer Featherweights like to have Singer needles. I bought some, put one in, and guess what? No more skipped stitches.
So, I have been plugging along, trying to make another small table topper on it. It is such a tiny machine, I feel like I am using a child's toy! But you know what? It is getting the job done and is making better blocks than the first two I made on the Janome.
The pattern is one of Pam Buda's Tokens of the Past patterns, one called Spice Box. The Lady of the Lake blocks I am working on are for a project she calls Cinnamon Sticks. The brown and red color themed projects I have been favoring lately are a germ of an idea in the back of my mind. The brown and red Square in a Square blocks will make a larger quilt to toss over a chair or sofa, and the smaller table toppers will be accent pieces in the room.
Hope you all had a good weekend.