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well I made half a llama using my Gem and half using the FW. The FW makes a better straight stitch. However the bulb is soooo hot. And it burned out just as I was stopping. Also the foot pedal drives me crazy, I find my shin starts hurting after just a few minutes, I think something about holding my foot off the ground or something. I know I could get another one, but not worth it. The only part of the llama I really don't like sewing on the gem is sewing the diagonals on the little 1" squares, so I think I'm going to go ahead and sew the faces and ear parts that have that tiny piece - sew them on my home machine ahead of time. That should still leave me plenty to sew for the retreat with the other pieces. I'm also thinking of making MSQC's Tiny Houses quilt from my scraps. I may put together a kit for that. And if I get too much llama done ahead of time, I can always pull together some I spy kits pretty quickly with all my precuts.
Dee, the vintage Singers came with manuals so that the farm wife out in the middle of nowhere could "service her sewing machine" all by her lonesome.
Don't make a big production out of something a woman with a third grade education (like my grandma) could handle.
Very adorable. Name those two Alexandra and Elizabeth in honor of my girls.
Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:
Also the foot pedal drives me crazy, I find my shin starts hurting after just a few minutes, I think something about holding my foot off the ground or something.
This comment has me really puzzled. You must not be using the kind of pedal that came with the machine, the kind that has a kind of metal "flap" that you step on.
Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3) said:
The FW makes a better straight stitch. However the bulb is soooo hot. And it burned out just as I was stopping.
Dee: The featherweight shop has LED light bulbs for the FW. $12.95 each, but the don't get hot and last a long time. I need to get one for my second FW, love the one I have on my first FW!!
It was original, but it does not have a flap, just two buttons like this. You balance your foot on the fixed one, and kind of edge it over to the other that moves. since I am so short, I can't put my heel on the floor and still do this, so I have to hold it in the air. I do see a converter available that I might give a try.
oh that does sound workable. If I get that and the foot pedal converter - plus some more bobbins (I only have 4) I won't have any excuses. I'm not going to try and do it for this retreat in 2 weeks but definitely will for the next one. I purchased this from Nyla so I know she serviced it when she sold it to me, but it's been sitting on my shelf for 4 years, I needs some attention. I'm sure I can manage, I just don't want to devote the time right now.