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Topic: Lap Quilt Swap 5 CLOSED - Send 10/8/2009 for fabric; 12/22/2009 for blocks  (Read 20956 times)
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« Reply #200 on: November 11, 2009 06:56:35 AM »

So, it isn't Monday, but I'm feeling the need to 'update'.  Actually my guilt is getting the best of me.  I totally screwed up china's block.  Twice.  So I had enough fabric left for a simple nine patch. 

I'm having problems with my machine, as I've posted before, and for some reason on EVERY triangle corner I tried sewing my machine ate it.  So, after I cut and ruined a bunch of her fabric, I decided to just sew together some squares and call it a day. 

So, this swap has been a challenge for me.  I've learned my skill level is a beginner I've learned and my machine is a POS.  I know that some of the problems I've run into are my skill level, but some of them have been my machine.  I totally admire all of you true quilt makers out there. 

As for the rest of my blocks, I found a simple yet pretty block called woven ribbons that I'm going to do the rest in.  I just pray that my machine makes it through 4 or 5 more. 
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« Reply #201 on: November 11, 2009 08:20:10 AM »

So, it isn't Monday, but I'm feeling the need to 'update'.  Actually my guilt is getting the best of me.  I totally screwed up china's block.  Twice.  So I had enough fabric left for a simple nine patch. 

I'm having problems with my machine, as I've posted before, and for some reason on EVERY triangle corner I tried sewing my machine ate it.  So, after I cut and ruined a bunch of her fabric, I decided to just sew together some squares and call it a day. 

So, this swap has been a challenge for me.  I've learned my skill level is a beginner I've learned and my machine is a POS.  I know that some of the problems I've run into are my skill level, but some of them have been my machine.  I totally admire all of you true quilt makers out there. 

As for the rest of my blocks, I found a simple yet pretty block called woven ribbons that I'm going to do the rest in.  I just pray that my machine makes it through 4 or 5 more. 

Oh no, Summertimerolls! Don't beat yourself up.  If your machine is eating corners, you can start a bit further down your seam line 1/2" maybe and backstitch to the end, then go forwards.  Or put a pice of paper underneath so it doesn't get sucked in, then carefully pull the paper off afterwards. 
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« Reply #202 on: November 11, 2009 09:30:11 AM »

Great advice, Marmish.  Hang in there, Summertimerolls.
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« Reply #203 on: November 11, 2009 10:10:48 AM »

don't feel guilty.

and have you tried yelling at your machine. or swearing at it? or thumping it?

these techniques are tried and true for inanimate objects around here.

and please... keep plugging away and trying new things.  i'm pretty sure i sent tons of fabric so when you are ready to get back on the horse use my fabric.  i still have lots at home if you go thru it all..  Cheesy




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« Reply #204 on: November 11, 2009 03:07:17 PM »

don't feel guilty.

and have you tried yelling at your machine. or swearing at it? or thumping it?

these techniques are tried and true for inanimate objects around here.

and please... keep plugging away and trying new things.  i'm pretty sure i sent tons of fabric so when you are ready to get back on the horse use my fabric.  i still have lots at home if you go thru it all..  Cheesy






Ditto all of that, including the last part about having more fabric. And especially the yelling and swearing.  Or switch it up and use that low quiet scary mean voice reserved for the worst of offenses where its so bad you can't even yell about it.  That usually makes the 6th graders cry and even the 8th graders blanch.  I'm sure it will straighten that wimpy sewing machine in no time.
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« Reply #205 on: November 11, 2009 04:21:13 PM »

Aww...thanks everyone, I needed that.  You made me laugh.  I'm afraid though if I beat on my machine, it will stop all together.  I'm sure you all understand the "I shouldn't even be sewing" days...it seems to have past.  I finished the rest of my blocks today, and they all turned out nice.

Great advice on the corners!  Using paper underneath!  I would have never thought of that.  This is why I LOVE craftster and craftsters so much!

Oh, and the advice about using the low voice.  I do that with my kids.  Somedays I yell and see that I'm getting through to no one.  Then I bend down low, look them in the eyes and say almost in a whisper, "I'm about done..."  That scares the shit out of them! 

Thanks again guys!
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« Reply #206 on: November 11, 2009 05:40:02 PM »

you know... beating on a machine until it stops working is a technique i have yet to try to get a new sewing machine...  thanks for the idea summertime! Wink
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« Reply #207 on: November 12, 2009 06:20:50 AM »

Summertime, you could also try using a leader piece of fabric.  Sometimes my machine is bad too and I find it helps to run a scrap piece of fabric through first, then if it eats it, it's just the scrap and the actual work isn't messed up.
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« Reply #208 on: November 12, 2009 12:50:09 PM »

I also find changing the needle frequently and rethreading when it messes up helps a lot.  I always use a "leader" and an "ender"
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« Reply #209 on: November 13, 2009 09:36:28 AM »

Sorry I have been awol lately. Stuff going on but im going to update everything this weekend. Im going to cut everything this weekend and start sewing.  Grin
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