Monday, September 10, 2012

Rage gets the best of me.

98 HSTs

Seriously, 98 HSTs
Before I get to an explanation for the title of this post, I'd like to share the latest step in the Forest Fantasy quilt.  Behold 98 HSTs, squared to 4.5 inches and ready to attach to the blocks I made in the previous step.  I've pinned them all together and started sewing them into place but things have come to a screeching halt here.  This is where the title of the post comes in.

A few months ago, my machine decided to spend an evening eating my fabric.  I'd put it in place, get ready to sew, and instead of running it through, it forced the fabric into the bobbin area and I got shredded fabric.  A few rounds of this, including cleaning and resetting everything, and I was in no mood to deal with the machine's new found quirk.  Dear reader, I hit that machine like a boxer going in for the finish.  The machine broke, or rather the lid broke.  Suitably chagrined, I managed to work around the broken lid.  The problem being that the lid has to be in the up position to wind the bobbin.  This is something I figured out and managed to develop a work around. Until yesterday.  I forgot to implement the work around, the thread got incredibly tight while winding the bobbin and broke.  Before it broke, it managed to bend a metal disk that, apparently, is very much needed for threading the machine. Nothing I do now will allow me to thread and I'm stuck.  Tomorrow I either get to go to the sewing machine dealer and explain that I have no idea how my machine broke, perhaps the cats had something to do with it, or break down and buy the new one that I've had my eye on.  Either way, it might be awhile before sewing takes place. In the meantime, I have lots of very pretty hiking pictures to share. And, I'm learning to count to 10.


  1. Hmmm..I've had the urge to hit my machine, but I've never actually done it. Mine chooses to NOT do stipple quilting when it's late at night or on a Sunday, and I'm on a deadline. I have to let her rest for a couple of days, and then everything works fine. Maybe she senses that I'm tense, and she tenses up too? I say, go buy a new machine! Whatcha got your eye on?

  2. Oops. But to be fair, it sounds like it deserved it. I think you should definitely buy the new machine. But keep this one for purging. Put it on a tarp in the garden and have at it with a baseball bat. Then you'll have got it out of your system before the nice new one shows up :)