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Applique clock   Show and Tell

Started Apr-11 by Dee in TX (DBRADFOR3); 1178 views.

From: Mishii


Love this!  Might need to steal this idea. 

In reply toRe: msg 5

it was very easy.  I looked at several videos & blogs that were helpful, though there wasn't one particular. 

A couple of additional notes though.  The mechanisms at hobby lobby seemed a bit pricy and no better quality than just purchasing one of Walmarts and taking it apart - I used this one as I already had it.  It h ad 6 tiny screws to remove and then the mechanism was just a small friction clip - easy.  Taking the hands off required fingernails but I did modified it several times and they didn't bend but I was careful.

I also discovered you definitely will need to put some sort of support to keep the mechanism level & secure on the back, otherwise it droops and the hands rub the fabric.  One blog suggested a thin strip of wood which I used.  At first I just used hot glue thinking the mechanism was so light it would be ok, but it still sagged with the weight of the battery. 

I did not quilt mine, figuring the black fabric wouldn't show the quilting anyway. I used tear away stabilizer on the back to help with the zigzagging so it is pretty stiff.  I then stretched it over an inexpensive canvas frame from Hobby Lobby.

How fun. Very colorful and cheerful!

Cathy (cacnurse1)

From: Cathy (cacnurse1)


Love it!  When I saw the fabrics you were going to use, I wondered.  Should have trusted you.  It looks great.  I misunderstood your post of where that multicolored diamond fabric was going to go.

thanks Cathy.  I am discovering that the hands don't show up as well as I wish (old eyes).  I have some silver spray paint - I'm thinking of trying that but I'm a little nervous that they won't work as well if I do.  either that or I may get a different mechanism with brass colored hands.  I think I probably shouldn't have used the black checkered fabric.  But I've had it in my stash for years and never seem to get to use it though I love it.  Ah well.


From: judyinohio


I agree that adding the weight of more paint might slow down the clock.

Could you find an inexpensive clock mechanism with white hands?  I found this artsy clock on Etsy some years ago and while it is not a precise to-the-exact-minute clock, it is good enough for my purpose in the sewing room  (As in, "Hey, it's time to think about fixing dinner."  stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes)  White hands are very visible at a quick glance  IMHO.

hmm, I wonder if just putting a bit of white paint on the tips would do it?  somehow when I look at it I feel like I need to squint.  Though the black contrasts with the white star in the center, somehow they blend in with the black zigzag outside.  I also am thinking the black background is too dark.  Or maybe it's just too busy.  I need to live with it for a while.


From: judyinohio


White tips on black hands sound like an excellent idea.

it's the little things - literally littlesmiley