...make a huge mistake that you regretted for years?
I learned to sew in Home Ec. My Mom never did any sewing on a sewing machine, but she had one. It looked like this -
Yes, she had a sweet little Featherweight.
wrestled with her Featherweight to the point of frustration. It never
seemed to run right. I passed the Home Ec class and one of the first
things I purchased after high school was a Singer Stylist sewing
machine. After my proud purchase my thoughts at the time were, why
would I need that old black thing that gave me so much trouble!!
So I sold it to a co-worker.
Years later I mourned for that little black Featherweight. The more I heard of
others sewing on Featherweights, the more I lamented. I was sure my old co-worker was still sewing on that little black machine.
The new Singer was not a very cooperative machine. It was in constant
need of repair. I felt so much frustration that I pretty much gave up
garment sewing. As I began to quilt, I realized the need for a good
straight stitch. A friend was getting a new sewing machine and she
asked me if I would like her old Kenmore. Of course I said YES! I have sewn many, many miles
on that machine. It was sturdy and faithful.
One Christmas, there was a little black box sitting under the Christmas tree. I
wondered what in the world could be in that little box. At first I
thought it was some kind of projector or camera. But when I opened the
lid, there she sat, in all of her glorious Featherweight beauty. My sweet
husband and son had been on a mission to buy me a new sewing machine.
I was thrilled to say the least!! But that is not the end of the
story. You see, my husband and son had gone to a sewing
machine repair store and asked questions. The store owner told them
that the Featherweight had the best straight stitch, and quilters
everywhere coveted them. Hummm, but it isn't a new machine. Oh, if
you want a new sewing machine you need to go to the store down the
So in addition to this little beauty, my husband and
son bought a Bernina Virtuosa 155. Can you imagine my surprise when I
not only opened the Featherweight but the next box had the words Bernina plaster on it!
Have you ever regretted letting something go? Were you able to recover the lost treasure?
Whatever the case, hopefully we learn by our mistakes.
When I first started quilting, there was only one kind of thread to use.
Basically it was Coats and Clark or some very cheap polyester version.
Today, there are so many thread choices it can make your head spin.
I read in one of Diane Gaudynski's books that she sometimes uses
silk thread for her quilting. So I thought I would give it a try.
I made this quilt for my daughter.
I decided to try the silk thread for quilting.
It is difficult to see the quilting, but I found that the silk
thread really quilted up nicely. It doesn't lay on top of your fabric
like cotton thread does. Nor does it dig in like invisible thread. It
just seems to blend into the fabric. And let me tell you, it sews so
Have you ever quilted with silk thread?
Do you have a favorite thread for machine quilting??
Okay, okay, so binding is not my favorite thing to do. It's the last of the process, and should be the one thing that propels me to finish a project. But I just don't enjoy doing it. I know there are lots of quilters out there who absolutely love to sit in front of the telly and stitch away, finishing their latest project. I guess I am single focused. I either watch the TV program or I bind. Can't do both at the same time :-( So in the closet of my sewing room sits a few (ahem) projects that only require sewing on the binding to be finished. I've rescued quilting projects before by sewing the binding down on the sewing machine. But that doesn't always look the best.
What about you? Is sewing on the binding your thing? Or are you scraping by with the barest of effort?
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