Friday, February 21, 2014

Delay into De-Liberation

As of yesterday afternoon, my main machine was repaired but had not had its final check at the shop. It's been at the dealer's for two weeks, but at this point I'm actually grateful for that long, dry spell. More about that in a minute.

Being still unable to work on the garrison quilt, I finished the quilt (made on the Singer 503) that's going to The Center for Women and Families. Don't you love the blue jeans and white tennis shoes it's wearing in the photo? And it has two hands! :)

Thank you, Mark, for being my quilt hanger.
We'll deliver it there next week. Here's the back:

(Why didn't I pick the cat's tissue paper up off the floor?)
No label; not necessary, and this way it becomes a reversible quilt.

Since my main machine still wasn't ready, I pulled some more fat quarters off the shelf and started a table runner on the old Singer.

Finally, today my main machine was ready for pickup. But as mentioned before, I'm glad it took so long for the repairman to get around to it, because it gave me time to contemplate a possible upgrade. The updated model of my main machine (which I love, by the way) has been improved in every way I could have asked for, and now has an optional, attachable magnifying lens in three different strengths. For me, that feature alone is almost worth the difference in price, as I've had more and more trouble seeing what is going on under my needle while free-motion stitching on my landscape quilts. My eyes were never great (started wearing glasses at age 3), and now, entering my 60s, magnification has become a real issue. For the last three years, I've tried attaching a really nice, stick-on magnifying lens at every possible angle, and every time I found a halfway decent position for it, the darned thing would start coming unstuck and sag or fall off right in the middle of stitching. Even with duct tape! :-/

So the attachable magnifying lens, as well as all the other improvements on the updated model, were just too hard to pass up. This afternoon, instead of picking up my machine from its first repair in the 3 years since I purchased it, I brought in the manual and all the accessories for it, left them with the dealer for trade-in, and took the newer model home with me instead. (We won't go into how much spousal discussion it took to get to this point. ;)

So next week it's back to the garrison quilt, providing everything works as expected on the new machine. No more slouching, aching shoulders and neck from not being able to see what's under the needle. No more catching fabric, threads and batting on the dual-feed bracket behind the presser foot. No more awkward (really awkward) screw removal just to clean out the bobbin area. And no more chasing that small foot pedal around on the carpet (I have really big feet).

I'll stop there, but there are several other great improvements as well. Again, though, my 7700 was amazing. I love, love, love the way it sewed, even when the feed dogs were down.

Thanks again to Moore's Sewing and Learning Center here in Louisville, our awesome Janome dealer and an all-around wonderful sewing/quilting/embroidery shop. I've been dealing with them for over 30 years, and have never been disappointed.

Linking up to Leah Day's FMQ Project...she has, much deservedly, been nominated for MQX show's Teacher of the Year!! If you're a fan of her teaching, as I am, you still have time to cast your vote by visiting the link she has included in today's post. Also hooking up with Sarah Craig's Whoop Whoop Friday blog, as I sure have something to whoop about with this updated machine. Sarah has made a love-ly quilt for a friend who just had surgery.

Everyone have a great weekend! Hope your snow is melting (unless you're at a ski resort) and your ground is drying up (unless you're stranded in a desert).



  1. Congratulations on the upgrade. You will love it. I used one of these while my 7700 was in for repair and I wound up with a Janome New Home which is the newest version of the Horizon 7700. Not as pretty though. LOL I loved the red on the 7700. Can't wait to see more to the Garrison quilt.

    1. Thanks, Teresa! Guess what...opened up the box a few minutes ago and discovered I got one of the *red* 8900s! I read somewhere that they made a lot more of the gray ones, and I was thinking the other day how I'd miss that red face. I can't believe I lucked into one of them!

  2. The blue jeans and white shoes look GREAT on any quilt! Beautiful quilt--front and back.

  3. Congrats on your new machine! I've been considering it as my Bernina is now over ten years old and doesn't have a lot of things I would like now that I've advanced in quilting. Love the quilt.

    1. Thank you, it was fun break from the garrison quilt. Testing the new machine now. So far, so good, and it turns out they've made even more improvements than the ones I'd heard about.

  4. Hello Linda,
    The finished quilt is a beauty, really attractive colours, and a nice diversion for you being able to put it together so quickly on the old Singer.
    And congratulations on the brand new machine... very dangerous, they can cause fainting. If you start going light headed, look at the clock. It is too easy to go five hours without eating when you are over absorbed.
    Love from the Land of Eternal Mud,

    1. Thank you, Muv. Yes, I have to make myself get up and stretch periodically--if I don't, it costs me dearly by the time I go to bed at night! Oh, I hope spring comes early to your part of the isles, you must be so tired of that brown color. We were getting that way about the white everywhere, and now that it's melted...brown! Daffodils are showing their little green tips, though, and crocuses. Yay!


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