"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31:27

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Seam Rippers

Old meets new!  I love this picture I took of my featherweight and serger.

I had a thread stuck in the dog feeds, so I bought a cute chubby screw driver to use.  The only problem is that the screw is stuck and I cannot get the screws out!  I finally got the thread out, but I really do need to get under there and give it a good cleaning.
 I did have time to work on free motion quilting the borders, after pushing my helpers off the quilt.
 I was having all kinds of tension issues, which meant spending a lot of time fiddling with the tension.

 I felt like I finally got it fixed after a while and got quite a bit quilted.

I was on a roll, only to have about five inches of it be totally messed up.  After an hour of seam ripping I decided to put the quilt to the side until I can give my machine a good cleaning.
 Since my surgery in June, I have lost 19 pounds.  I still have 20 more pounds I want to lose.  Meanwhile, my skirts are starting to fall off!  I took three of my maxi skirts and folded down the wide waistbands and put elastic in them.

 Just make sure your elastic is not twisted before sewing the elastic.  I sewed two of them wrong!

I also needed new curtains for my bedroom.  I found this long panel on clearance for $7 and it was the perfect shade of blue to match my quilt.  I just cut it in half and hemmed it to make two curtains!
School starts back Tuesday and I have teacher meetings all day Monday.  I was able to cut a lot of squares for my single wedding ring blocks.  I hope to have time to finish a few blocks.

Happy New Year!



Dora, the Quilter said...

I had that happen with screws that hadn't been turned in machines that sat in dust for years. I put one or two drops of sewing machine oil on the top of the screw, let it soak in overnight, and then the screws came out with little effort. Love that screwdriver!

Kim said...

Your cats are so cute on the quilt. They're always trying to help. Looks like you're going to have a lot of fun with the serger. It is an awesome machine for dressmaking especially working with knits.

QuiltShopGal said...

I have a window I've been trying to figure out what sort of valance I want to add. I have a temporary swag draped, but I don't like the look. I do like what you created, for your window, so now I need to find some fabric. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Total #CreativeGoodness.


Kathy Felsted Usher said...

A tough way to lose weight but congratulations!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Good job with the weight loss. I love to find odd things to repurpose and use in the house.

donna said...

You have a been a busy little bee. So many great finishes. The weight you are loosing has come over here LOL!. You do not need to loose weight my dear.

Denise :) said...

LOL! You were getting quite a bit of help from the peanut gallery, weren't you? It's so frustrating to feel like you're sewing along fine, only to realize that the back side has 'issues'. I'm sorry! Good for you on the weight loss!! :)

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Sweetie! I can hear your baby over here begging to be cleaned! ;-)

Hope your reentry into work is going okay. =)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

It's irritating when the screws stick. You needed the seam ripper my stepfather made me for Christmas. It has a seam ripper on each end. Hope school starts back smoothly.

Anonymous said...

Missy, if the sewing machine oil that Dora recommended doesn't work,try some PB Blaster (your husband may have some). It is magical. Also, you will have better luck with a long screwdriver that fits perfectly into the screw slot. You get better torque that way. Look at me, using fancy words!!

--Gina in Missouri

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