Isn't it maddening to have equipment failure when you're in the middle of free-motion quilting?!
I was sitting at my Pfaff Grand Quilter, listening to an audiobook ("Ape House" by Sara Gruen in case you're looking for a new read) quilting away on "Wibble Wobble." While quilting at high speed, the needle suddenly locked in the down position, making an audible ka-thunk, immediately followed by the machine motor giving a high-pitched whine. I hopped up, flipped the machine switch to "off," and unplugged it from power. Whoo!
My husband helped me figure out that I needed to remove the bobbin and the bobbin case, as well as take out the needle, so I could remove the quilt from the machine! Now the Pfaff is at my friendly quilt shop/sewing machine hospital waiting to be examined. Perhaps a bit prematurely, I'm chastening myself for buying a used Pfaff Grand Quilt. It was a year ago this month that I bought it through Craigslist for what I think was a deal: $400.
I managed to finish quilting Wibble Wobble on my Bernina 830 Record though that machine definitely doesn't have the same feel - no quilting foot pressure on the quilt, and no means of adjusting the pressure.
Now for some pictures of the quilt.
In each wibble and wobble, I quilted a whirl that "turns" the direction that the wibble (or wobble) leans.
In the rest of the block I quilted a curved line and then added "flying U's" on both sides of the line. They look a lot like stipple quilting.
I'm happy with the all over texture of the completed quilt.
|Wibble Wobble, 60" X 71"|
The sun wasn't out when I took these pictures, though it was 86 degrees (30 C) - and climbing! - and very muggy.
I think it looks pretty good from the back too.
A quilt isn't completely finished until it has a label, so Wibble Wobble is done. Tah-dah.
As for my Pfaff GQ, I sure hope it doesn't require long term care... or a transplant. Acute care is expensive. Linda