Sewing Machine Update

Well, my technician called today about my bernina 830 record sewing machine.  There is an issue with the foot pedal – it is sometimes fast and sometimes slow, which I had noticed.  He said there isn’t much danger to the machine should the foot pedal die, because,  to replace the foot control on ebay is anywhere from $65 – $140. So, I’m gonna just sew with it as is and see how that goes.  He also said the feed dogs were not feeding perfectly straight, but it would cost about $90 just to break the machine down to the point where he could see the problem.  His advice, which I am taking, is to sew with it as is and if it gives no problems for the next year, when I take it in next for service, then fix the feed issue.

He seemed really knowledgeable and nice.  And it is only costing me 30 dollars for this maintenance check (they are usually $75).  I’m happy and I can pick up my machine tomorrow.  Yeah!


Basting Saga con’t

Well, I sanded my boards and got them fairly smooth.  I started basting and taking pictures.  I got about 2×4 square feet done and thought I wonder if I could do this tedious task with dissolving thread.  I wasn’t sure there was such a thing but I found a recommendation for Vanish brand and found that at Sew Thankful .  A 2000 yard cone for about $27.00. Yikes! Sure 2000 yards is a lot and will probably bast a huge number of quilts, but that is kind of a lot for one cone of thread.  I am really hopeful this will work and I am willing to risk 30 dollars and my waterwheel quilt to see if I can bast my quilt using a variation of Sharon Schamber’s method.

When I get my just ordered dissolving thread, I intend to bast the entire quilt with it in the same fashion as Sharon, but I am using a different batting and my quilt is much larger than her example.  I am working in sections and beginning each section by starting in the middle and working out to the sides. I then intend to quilt over the basted quilt with my actual quilting, after which I shall wash in cold water and dry in a medium heat dryer.

I looked into the wool batting and the least expensive way to buy it is by the case from Batt-Mart.  But that is only saving about 5 dollars per queen size quilt.  Not a big savings, but worth it after I buy a couple and experiment.  I am not overly fond of the cotton batt.  I’m using an 80% cotton/20% polyester on the waterwheel, and I am not all that thrilled with it either, except I know it won’t shrink as much as 100% cotton.  But I am thinking from now on I will wash my quilts in cold water and medium heat dry.  I have neither space nor inclination to baby my quilts with a hand wash and lay flat to dry.