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Design Wall Monday 12.10.12

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Here’s my Christmas Table Runner, all trimmed and ready to sandwich and quilt. I should have been all finished with this, but I’ve been sick for the past week and just didn’t feel like working on it.

The pattern calls for 5/8 yard for backing and binding. When I laid it out I discovered that the designer intended for the backing to be used with the whole WOF (width of fabric) which in my case doesn’t quite work because the selvages are wide and the WOF is barely the length of the runner (40.5″) and doesn’t leave me comfortable enough to use it as is. I don’t need as much extra around the perimeter as a longarmer would, but this would be cutting it too close. So I’m going to piece the backing.

And when did fabric manufacturers start making their selvages wider than ever before and why? There must be a logical reason, like changes in the machinery/technology to make the fabric, but I haven’t researched it. Anyone know? The worst offenders that I’ve seen are the fabrics made exclusively for Joann’s.

I dropped off my Featherweight to be cleaned, oiled and checked out and was hoping to get it back in time for this month’s Stitchers group so that I could show it off, but she said it would be after Christmas. I fixed the stitch problem (I had the needle in incorrectly) and it now makes beautiful stitches. The machine was missing the light bulb so I didn’t know if the fixture was ok or broken, but the lady put in a light bulb and it worked just fine. So I know that I will have to have the power/foot pedal wiring replaced, it is fraying and the aluminum wire innards are showing and is a huge fire risk. It didn’t come with any attachments and I’d like to have an original 1/4 inch foot if she has one. Hopefully she won’t find anything wrong with the belt, it looked ok to me. I’d like to keep the repair costs to a minimum.

That’s it from Short Pump, check out Judy L’s page to see what everyone else is up to.

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My "new" Featherweight

I’ve been watching the estate sales for a Featherweight and this one came up this weekend. I don’t usually get to go to the sales on the first day because I work, but I just happened to be off on Friday. This sale was not very far from home, so I got up early and got in line for a number (I was #2, yay!) and then hung out for an hour until the sale started. I didn’t want to leave because I got a very good parking spot and the neighborhood wasn’t well-suited for parking. I have an audiobook on my iPhone, so I plugged it into my car’s audio system and listened to it while I waited.

There weren’t a lot of people waiting in line but I asked lady #1 if she was there for the Featherweight. No, she wasn’t. Yay! There was a lady several spots behind me and she was on her cell phone talking to somebody about the machine, so I knew I was going to have some competition. Fortunately for me, I could see the machine sitting on a table just inside the door so I knew right where to make my beeline once they let us into the house. The other lady couldn’t see in the door from where she was standing. hehehe

I don’t have much (read: any) experience with buying stuff at these kinds of sales but I knew that I should test it to see if it worked. The other lady came over and was very helpful in finding an outlet to plug it in and looking for the code that tells you the machine’s age (she didn’t find it). I hated to disappoint her, but this machine had my name on it.

The machine works but needs an inspection and a cleaning. The cord to the foot pedal is a little frayed so I’ll want to replace it. I tried to sew some test seams last night but it didn’t make any stitches. I may have the bobbin in incorrectly or some other kind of user error. It didn’t come with the attachments that were original to the machine, but I don’t really need them myself. It does have the original user guide, copywrite 1952. I found the code on the bottom of the machine and according to the website that tells you these things, my machine was built (born) in 1950.

So I guess I’ll have to name her, won’t I?

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I put the last stitches in the binding of the 2001 purple pansy quilt yesterday (photos to come) so I had to start on something new!

What you see above is the beginnings of a Christmas table runner. The pattern is “Winter Palace” designed by Mary Lou Hallenbeck for Maywood Studio. I’d post a link but I don’t think it’s on the Maywood Studio site anymore. Google it and you’ll find a download at quiltingboard.com. I think that’s where I got it. It’s super easy although I’m not sure it’s good for a very new beginner because the pattern, while very nicely written, doesn’t contain pressing instructions and also doesn’t give details about where to line up your ruler when you trim off the excess on the sides. An experienced beginner could do this.

Head on over to Judy L’s blog to see what everyone else is doing this week.

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