I have been bonding with my new machine the last 2 days. If you dont want to hear about it, at least slide all the way down to the end of the post to find the link to an awesome artist’s little video.
Machine was delivered Wednesday. Thursday I ran it for all of 10 minutes. Just because I felt like I should. Yesterday I quilted all day. And most of today.
There are lots of things different about my machine. It feels, sounds, looks, behaves differently from Steve’s. Same model, but mine is 6 years newer. I also have some new toys that came with mine, plus some new bells and whistles. The electronics are newer, the wheels are new and placed differently for a smoother ride. The laser lite, the thread holder, table, switches, light…. all different. Not huge changes, but all good ones.
I have decided that getting a new machine is alot like getting a new man. You have to break them in….. get used to them. Get used to all the little nuances, find the sweet spot, find out what makes ’em happy.
So….. biggest thing to get used to?? The kitchen. I like it. I like the lighting better. I like feeling “in the center of things”. You know, the kitchen is the heart of the home crap. Cept in our house it is really the living room… and I can SEE the living room, so it seems to matter. I had no idea it would. It is kind of cramped compared to the studio, but it is gonna work. I am gonna MAKE it work.
Other big differences that will take awhile to get used to: the table height. The hydraulics make it higher to start with. That is VERY different. Havent decided if it is good or not. But man I like the hydraulics. Maybe I just need to grow taller?? My scissors. Now this is BIG. (ummmm….. it’s actually one of those OCD kind of things….I am SO very sorry that you inherited this from me Neil) Steve has his favorite scissors that I hate. I never use them. They have very sharp pointed tips that I dont like. I lay scissors on top of the quilt when working because I do custom stuff. He always has them on the back of the table because he does pantos. And we both always always always always have scissors in the same place. His never move from their place. And I have to have the pink handled ones at the right end of machine, blue at left end, purple on the ironing board, orange next to my domestic machine, black/blue ones for cutting batting…… well, you get the drift. So…..my new machine was scissorless. I had to “borrow” the orange ones for the right end of my machine and unwrapped the black ones that were for my Christmas stocking. (of course now you all know who Santa REALLY is in this house! I was good though, left the candy alone)
So the real question is (and yes, of course Steve had to open his trap and yammer around asking it more than once) WHY not go get the damn blue and pink ones off his machine? He never uses them anyway! WELL….. I sure as hell wish I could ‘splain it. I can’t. Cept to say that they belong on that machine and that’s where they are staying. That’s my story and I’m stickin to it!
So here is what I did yesterday. I also got alot of King Tut and SoFine thread as a bonus from the dealer. I used King Tut here. It is done with the spiral disc on the work station.
Then I used my Renee’s Rays templates to kind of help fill in the gaps between the spirals. I doubt I would do it like this again, but was fun to play with. I machine bound the quilt too. It is ready to go off to charity.
Another thing I have been trying to figure out is what shoes to wear. Sounds silly to some, but I used to wear my slippers, tennis shoes or AirWalks (cheap knock-offs of Crocs, that I like better than Crocs). Yesterday I tried my clogs.
Then my ended up back in my AirWalks. Stylin’ huh??
Today I tried my ankle boots. I think I like the AirWalks best, which is good because I have 4 pair, all different colors. I like the clogs, but I don’t wear them alot anymore and it will take awhile to get used to them again.
Today I did another quilt. And had a MUCH better day. Partly, it was better because I had some new music on. (thanks for the CD Chet, I love it!) I also found the machines sweet spot…. it’s happy place. Where and how it runs best. And oh man does it. The only thing I had trouble with was stitching in the ditch with the ruler…. but could do it freehand. WHAT?? I have never been able to do that before, at least not easily. Wow. I am thrilled.
So here is the Steeler’s quilt. I wrote Pittsburgh Steelers all the way around in the border.
And this one is the back.
It has been a great day. I hope you all had a good one too.
So, for your REAL entertainment, you can go HERE to see some wonderful, entertaining art! Sure wish I could do that!