Wednesday, 8 July 2015

broken sewing machine

There's been a bit of a hiccup here in the sewing room...  

... My regular machine, a Janome memorycraft 6500, has gone in for a long overdue service. It was sounding terrible, and the bits in the bobbin case seemed to be rattling & jamming an awful lot. Mr D. has been able to sort it a few times for me, but I've known for a while now that it really needed to be looked at properly.

So, I'm back using my trusty Bernina Minimatic at present!
And, it's like meeting an old friend again!
I have had this machine for years, it's a good basic one, it just goes & goes! I'll just need to check the 1/4" for my seams so I'm consistent on my WiP's, but other than that, it should be all go again!

BUT while I messed about with sewing machines  
I put together my list - small this time-  for the 2015 Finish-Along Q3  
2015 FAL at On the Windy Side  

1. My log cabin quilt needs backing, quilting & binding.
I decided to get Annette @ Wild cotton to quilt it for me, it's really quite big!

2. The Daisy quilt
well. it needs the last few blocks to be made, then quilting, & binding
(I've got the backing already, a cute daisy fabric from Spotlight) 

3. and, I'd really like to spend some time playing with these scrappy HSTs!
I've got about 8 blocks together as a trial and I love them!

This FAL idea is actually working well for me too 
I find I'm more focused on improving my start : finish ratio!
and I AM actually getting things finished, 3 outta 4 ain't bad for that last list! 

... oh, and along the way this time, I'll be doing my leaders & enders tumblers
but no 'finish' expected there! 


  1. Good luck with your finishes! I love the colors you're playing with ... :-))

  2. Love your Daisy quilt especially! Good luck getting through them all.:)

  3. Hope your machine gets better soon! Love your log cabin blocks!

  4. Good luck with these projects and happy to read that you're also taking up the Leader/Ender Tumbler challenge.

  5. Great starts!!! Too bad about your machine. Hope it isn't major. I'll be taking mine in sometime next month for regular maintenance. Just wanted to let you know that your Kaffe Fassett quilt flimsy I won on the orphan adoption is on my list for this quarter. This is the first time I've linked up (on Flickr as I have no blog-yet). Karen at Tu-Na Quilts

  6. Love your star quilt...and the log cabin...not loving broken sewing machines though...:)

    1. Hi Linda, Thank you! Looks like my machine will be away-from-home about 2-3 weeks! Luckily, I have the old Bernina here still, it just doesn’t have all the little ‘extras’ I’ve got used to ! Never mind, I’ll cope... or just have a rest from sewing! L

  7. I hope your Janome is happily back in your home soon. The star quilt is looking interesting.


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