Getting to know her.....
during the past couple of months when i all but disappeared from the blog world a lot of things have happened in our household, most pretty boring but some exciting
one of them was the introduction of a new member to the family
her lines are sleek and smooth
she is shiny and oh so clever
she has some lovely curves as well
she is solid and reliable
and because she is oh so ultra modern and so very solid, stable and (i hope) reliable i have chosen a very old fashioned name for her
( you guys all remember that i have a weird thing about naming almost everything don't you......???
it makes it so much easier to curse something that has a name.....lol)
Victoria is a Bernina 550 quilters edition, she is actually, according to the manual a sewing computer and well yes she is computerised but i think Matilda (my mac laptop) might be a little offended with that comment
so far we are getting along pretty well
although. . . . . . . . .
i recently attended a workshop and thought
here we go a good way to get to know my new machine
ummmm not a good idea
BEFORE you go to the workshop . . . . get to know . . . . your machine. . . . . a least a little bit . . . . lol
okay well the workshop was with Pam Furniss and the goal was to make a little quilt using a variety of techniques and in the process get to know your machine and what it can do
so we started with a quilt as you go technique (which i wish i could show you but i was a very bad blogger and didn't take a photo)
then we used our decorative stitches to stitch over the seams using a similar coloured thread
i loved this it was like. . . . . . ahhhh. . . . i'll pick this one and then . . . . . ohhhh i want to do that stitch
heaps of fun
you really should try this you see the quilt was all together all three layers so the decorative stitches was the quilting
Pam showed us lot's of examples of how the decorative stitches make even the most mundane quilting look brilliant
then we stitched some curved lines and then needed to do some satin stitch fancy stitches over them
now this is where Victoria and i hit some difficulty
you see you have to make sure your tension is perfect . . . .
you know, no back thread at the front, no front thread at the back
and since i had black on the back, silver on the front it was very noticeable
and well Victoria wasn't behaving according to expectation
also to me a satin stitch has the thread laying side by side as above, and Victoria's default setting had the satin stitch looking like a very close zig zag
( easily fixed, but it really annoyed me on the day)
and when i received the comment
ohhh it might need a service i almost went through the roof she was only two months old
when i got home i threw the quilt on the sewing cabinet, left Victoria there still in her travel bag and ignored both of them for a couple of days , then it got the better of me . . . .
i set Victoria up with a sample fabric and started playing , re read her manual and we did it, we got the tension right
you see Victoria is a Bernina and Bernina's have bobbin cases the bobbin case has a little arm and when you do satin stitch the thread should be threaded through the eye on the end of the arm
this done i adjusted the tension appropriately and she sewed like a dream and we have got past our first argument
we also had to blanket stitch lot's and lot's of little circles and flowers onto the quilt with a blanket stitch appliqué and whilst i had done this before i had never done it to this extent and by the last few circles i got pretty good
well i think so anyway . . . . . LOL
so all in all this workshop taught me heaps about needles, thread tension, using your walking foot and all the lovely decorative stitches your machine has.
i am a firm believer that you never ever stop learning and i know that there is a lot i have yet to learn in life and about my craft
Ohhh and i just had to show you this
my very very best friend made this for me, it's a little ladybug pincushion as you can see by the size of the needle it is pretty small, and is perfect to sit on top of the machine
(apparently she used a coca cola lid as the base)
and i also just wanted to show you the detail, she is a wonderful embroiderer and never resists the temptation of stitching on the smallest pieces of fabric
anyway i think i have talked your head off enough for one day,
i am starting to get writers cramp . . . .LOL
i hope your hands are working on a project that you love