Rockthatfish, it was both super easy and super hard, in different ways. My sewing machine is constantly on the fritz, plus our apartment is too small to have a permanent sewing station set up, so it was important to me that it be a quilt that could be hand done. I also liked that it was portable: I set it up so I would do a row of ~11 hexes, then 11 more rows, then sew them all into a block, so I would never be working on a piece that wasn't reasonably sized. Suddenly, whatever spare moment I had (bus stop, between classes, waiting room, tea steeping, anywhere!) became potential sewing time! I carried a little baggie of hexes around in my purse, and the nature of hexwork is that you can pretty much pick it up and put it down at a moment's notice, so that was all really nice and convenient.
That said, there is a TON of prepwork. You have to cut both your paper hexagons and your fabric, and then baste them all. So even before I started the sewing process detailed above, there were weeks of cutting and basting. However, that was pretty mindless and undemanding work--and again, very portable.
Actually, traditional quilting kind of intimidates me, so I've never done one! The impression that I get is that it seems really unforgiving (all your pieces have to come together JUST SO or the pattern doesn't work) whereas the hexagon quilt had a bit of "give", if you know what I mean, which is nice for a first quilt.
Finally done! This was my very first quilt project; it is all hand done except for the binding. I made it for my niece--I started it as soon as I learned that my brother was expecting, and she's three months old now so this quilt has been gestating just about as long as she has
Excuse the not-so-great camera-phone pics, I was about to gift it and thought 'huh, maybe I should take pictures!' The colors are warmer in real life.
She seemed pretty happy with it (as much as a 3 month old can be: she looked at all the patterns and grabbed at it and made cute baby faces), and I'm really proud of how it turned out!
I just finished a hand-done paper pieced hex quilt for my new baby niece. I actually finished a lot of it on the bus (loooong commute ), so got a lot of comments. Actually, I got into some really great conversations with other crafters, but most of them were pretty vexing.
A lot of "GEE that looks SUPER boring to do!" (uuh... thanks?) "Won't the paper be itchy for the baby?" (paper pieced quilt--the paper doesn't stay in there forever!) And my favorite: "You know they're never going to USE it, it's WAY too nice for a baby!" ( nooo! My response to this one was to tell them that I hoped she would puke on it as soon as I gave it to them so my brother/SIL wouldn't be afraid to actually put it on/under her--It's washable!--Puke talk usually quieted them up fast, too.
I had one super creepy guy offer to check up on my quilt progress every week by taking the same bus as me and yelling at me if I didn't finish enough. Ah, the joys of public transportation!
Beautiful! That yellow fabric is totally amazing, and I'm loving the whole dot-on-dot thing the outfit has going. The blouse is put together impeccably, by the way! I've been afraid to sew any tailored shirt-type garments yet...
Welp, I started it up again and it seems to be running fine. I guess the problem resolved itself?
Anyway, I'm just happy that it is working again! Thank you so much for all of your help and tips (I would not have ever thought of that disengaging the motor trick!)
Truth be told, though, I was kind of looking forward to taking it all apart and putting it back together again, one of the reasons that I got this machine was so that I wouldn't be afraid to tinker excessively! Oh well, next time I guess
Also, that hand crank machine is awesome--I can imagine few things nicer than setting up the machine on the porch on a warm summer day!
I would start by investigating the hook/bobbin area. I would be quite suspicious that there is something wrong with the bobbin case.
That's what I had figured, the manual said that that may cause the machine to drag, but even after I dissasembled, oiled, and cleaned the bobbin-moving assembly (and reassembled it, of course!) it ran badly.
I'm all paranoid that the problem is in the engine itself, as I have no idea at all how to fix something like that, and it seems like a new motor would be really hard to find... what are the chances of something like that?
My sweet old emdeko zig zag is flipping out--I was sewing this afternoon, everything was going fine when all of a sudden the machine got WAY louder and slower (even with pedal to the metal, etc). I noticed that the top thread in the stitches got loose (like the tension suddenly got off or something).
I cracked her open and cleaned and oiled it (I followed the manual instructions and everything!), and while the action runs much smoother when I run it with my hand, when I plug it in and run it with the foot pedal it is still loud and slow. Anyway, it is an old machine, and I'm not sure how well maintained it had been before I got it a couple of months ago (The lady I got it from just used it as a table, though according to her the lady that she got the machine from a few years back took good care of it). I have been sewing with it before without incident, even sewing tougher jobs with many layers.
I don't know what is up! What can I do?
I don't know much about the machine itself, so here is a link to a photo of it (don't mind the mess, it is all opened up )