Yes I do sew sometimes with a machine = I am LOL at some e mails I got when I said I was going to use my sewing machine to piece a top – I guess a lot of you new to my blog thought I only did hand work. People were shocked! Yes I have two sewing machines! Granted they are in their storage bags for a good part of the year but I do take them out now and then and do a machine pieced top – I have machine quilted straight lines on a table topper and two couch size quilts. Did I feel satisfied and happy – no – but I got them done fast so I guess that was a plus.
I have a Janome Jem Platinum 720 which has about 20 stitches or so and I rarely use more than the straight stitch – I have had it for about 6 or more years I guess, I had a crappy low end Brother before that from Wal-Mart that rarely worked. I also have a Singer Featherweight from 1953 – it is a year younger than I am! And it considered an antique – I hope that doesn’t mean that at almost 60 years old that makes me one too The featherweight has not been used since last year so I thought it was time to take it out to use it on this next project or two.
The featherweight is not a nice shiny fancy painted machine – just plain black with some knicks in it. I had to get my book out to remember where all I was supposed to oil it at. I got all that done and out of the way – a new needle, thread and gave it a try – perfect!!
I use a Sew Ezi Table for my laptop computer/desk and for the sewing machines. When I use the computer this is what slide out table top is on it.
When you use a machine you take that slide out – it then looks like this. I had my Janome first when I got this table so the inset (the area you set you machine on ) is the right height for the Janome. It is really a pain in the behind to switch things out so it would be the right height for the featherweight.
You see this cylinder thing – there are four of them – for each different machine you have you have to add/subtract some little washer like pieces to make it higher/lower or possible just the size of the cylinder – this is set for the Janome
The Featherweight would need the insert to be higher – so that means either sticking these two thin books under it – which takes about 1 minute or
or figuring out if these short cylinders would work (the four on the right)– I think they are too short — then take the insert out and replacing pieces – which would probably take me all afternoon as I am not the greatest at that kind of stuff – I might even have to order more washers as I only have 4 and I know that wouldn’t adjust to the right height.
So I do it the easy way and just stick a couple quilt books under it and I’m done in a minute and it is ready for the Janome also without a switch out of a half day. Makes sense right!
I did not get my fabric today the tracking number said I was supposed to but the mail carrier came a little early today and I bet it got to the post office after she had already hit the road – it should be here tomorrow. So seeing as I didn’t get that packet I think I will go with a different pack that I won last year (yes I am lucky with winning give aways at times). I don’t remember where I won this one at I would have to go back in my blog to figure it out and I don’t feel like it. I know I already thanked whoever sent it me so that is what counts. I won 16 fat quarters and 2 yards of Bella cream solid that time and I have not used them. It’s about time I think. The fq’s are called Strawberry Fields.
The fabric. I have the lightest ones set aside here as I don’t think they will work out for this pattern –
I wanted something simple for this as I just wanted to make up something fairly quickly. I don’t think the 4 light colored fq’s will work out as they will be right next to the cream color background.
the other patterns I showed you will get made one day ( I hope) and I might even whip up another pattern with some of the fabric waiting on my shelves or the new packet coming before I put the machine back in it’s bag and consider my need to use the sewing machine done again for several months or more!
So I guess I better get on to pressing fabric and get busy cutting – sewing might start later today or this weekend –