Monday, October 17, 2016

Tension relief! ...finally...

After weeks of off and on unpicking stitches, I finally was able to finish the Skateboard quilt number 1 and am onto the next one!



This twin size quilt is bound in yellow and wrapped up, ready to be gifted to my #1 grandson.  I am pleased with it and hopefully he will be, too!

So, what did I do to fix the tension on my longarm?  Very simple.  I asked for young eyes and fingers to help me.  In my tension sagas, I related how I used videos to retime my machine, cleaned every nook and cranny, changed umpteen needles, tried different threading variations, felt and looked for burs and sanded everything.  I felt I couldn't get down and look under the quilt one more time!  Finally I talked about it at the dinner table with my daughter and family and told them I give up.  Remember I did call the nearest dealer and repair person and she said she couldn't come.  My daughter says, don't give up, let me look.  I explained what I had done and why and she took out the bobbin case, did what I did a hundred times- ran her finger over the hook and said, there's a rough spot here.  Do you think that's the problem?  She used my emery board, smoothed it out and we turned 'her' on.  Lo and behold, the stitches were smooth and even and just right.  
I guess even fingers can lose some of their feeling for burs after so many times!

I have started a second Skateboard quilt, this one lap size for my Etsy store, FridaySmiles.  I wish I could have a do over on my #1 grandsons quilt because I'm much happier with my quilting on this one:



The flames came out more even that on the first one.  I was hoping to do some stitch in the ditch on this one but realized that without a stitch regulator on this old girl, it's too much.  I will take it off when I'm finished quilting the sashing and do my stitch in the ditch around the border on my domestic machine.

Next week:  The Minecraft Quilt






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