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it is so frustrating when you take a machine in and it comes back in worse shape than it went in. Happened a couple of times to me, the worst was back in the late eighties. Took a machine to the company just for a good cleaning and oiling came back so messed up and it was the only machine I had. Some one told me about a good independent shop, took it there told him what the issue was, he says you had it serviced at X didn't you. He told me he could fix it for $100 and guarantee his work. I told him that the machine cost less than $200 when I had bought it five years earlier. He told me that I would be looking at over $600 to get a machine of the quality I had. Ihad stitched out all the stitches when the machine was new, I third time I took the machine back I took that with. It took a fourth trip and a drop of super glue but he finally got the machine running like new. Finally bought a new machine in 2005.
While I'm not actively using my home machine (done with face masks for now), I decided to bring it into my LQS that has serviced my machines before. They have VERY good technicians. Their wait list is at 3 weeks right now, so I had my name put on the list. There's nothing wrong with the machine; it's just a "well check".
And when it finally does go in for its spa treatment, I do have my Featherweight to use. It's been a while since my home machine has been gone over, so it's about time.
it is so frustrating when you take a machine in and it comes back in worse shape than it went in.
I should have realized some years back at the same shop when I took my machine in the bobbin winder did not work any more. I did have a side winder so I just did without. Well this last time the actually got that fixed. When I called the Bernina shop they kinda said did you take it to shop X? Yep we hear lots of people that are really mad at X? Well at least now I know. My machine is over 20 years old and to replace with a similar machine would be really, really expensive.........they do not make them like that any more...........sigh. If it were just for quilts I would be happy with my featherweight (that happens to be up in Colorado and I am in New Mexico so now I have no machine till this comes back from the shop). Guess I will be prepping for the next clue of the mystery and digging out some handwork,
I took my machine I. To be service last week also. They said it would be ready this week. So I am waiting for a call! I am happy to say I have another machine that I can use.
yesterday I got together with Cathy and Carrie. We all used our Accucut And prepped quilt kits. I cut out little animals to Applique - cow, pig, squirrel, owl, bunny, raccoon, mouse, frog, and koala. And now I realize I could do a chick, bear, and a duck.....hummmmmm....I may need to do more.
I was thinking of a small gold border or even just binding it in gold. Don't have enough of the brown for a border. Working from stash here.
Very nice bright(happy) house arrest quilt. Love the backing fabric too. I, of course, could get down on a picnic blanket. I would just never be able to get up!
Suze (casuzenn) said:
lay top on the gold fabric to see what it will look like. I bet it will perk up the quilt a lot!
I'm thinking it needs the gold somewhere. I need to see what I have and go from there. I have plenty of the focus fabric so may make another using it with different fabrics or in a BQ pattern.
What about a small gold border and then a border of the focus fabric?
Another possibility. I knew you guys would have some ideas.
yesterday I got together with Cathy and Carrie.
It was totally a cutting day. I cut HSTs to make pinwheels for a baby quilt and a bunch of pieces for a block called "crossing canoes". I won't get to sew any of them for another week or two. Friday we are driving to Arlington, TX for our granddaughter's High School graduation. We are driving straight through, about 16 hours. Graduation is being held in a brand new professional stadium. There are less than 70 graduates in the class so there will be plenty of room for "social distancing". We also have masks and hand sanitizer. So many graduation events were cancelled this year, I'm glad she gets a graduation ceremony. Now to see if the Culinary Arts Institute in New York opens for classes in August. I'm not counting on that.