Wednesday, May 31, 2023

No sewing again today -

Those pesky "chores" took over my day - 
But I did do some more "un-sewing" on my Imperial Bargello
I was too lazy to take a photo - 
So here's one from a couple of weeks ago - 
That looks about the same - 

I know that some people don't like to "un-sew" - 

But I don't really mind -

It's relaxing and I can let my mind wander - 
There's always the next project to think about - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Bobbins -

Today I played with some bobbins - 
All polyester - but different weights -
So I'm going to document what I did here - 
In case I lose my notes -  

Ignore the two GREEN "test runs" on the left - 
Top thread - Finess - THICKET BROWN - 50 wt - 3 ply - polyester -
Since that is what I'm using on my Imperial Bargello -
Might as well test it with the thread I want to use -
"High quality" thread - brand new -
Then I changed the bobbins - 
#1 - BLACK - Maxilock - 50 wt - 3 ply - polyester - 
Also what I'm using on my Imperial Bargello - 
"Serger" thread - but same weight and type as Finesse - 
#2 - NATURAL WHITE - Bottom Line - 60 wt - 2 ply - polyester - 
"High quality" thread - but older - it's been in my stash for a while - 

#3 - Natural - Connecting Threads - EssentialPRO - 70 wt - 3 ply - polyester -
Also older - from my stash - 
#4 - CREAM - Decobob - 80 wt - cottonized polyester -
The CREAM one is in the bobbin now - I forgot to take it out for the photo - 
The BLACK is the other one that was included in the sample pack - same type - 
"High quality" - brand new -

I wanted to minimize the variables - 
Kept the top thread the same - 
And the tension settings on both the top and bobbin the same - 
To see what would happen -
The bobbin thread broke on the Bottom Line and EssentialPro -
And I got eyelashes, too -
The TOWA gauge ranged from 270 to 300 to 400+ - 
So fiddling with the tension might produce better results -
I have also ordered some different threads - 
As recommended by some friends - 
And will play with them when they get here - 
For now - I'll stop whining - 

And get back to "un-sewing" my Imperial Bargello

While I think about my next "sewing" project - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -   

Monday, May 29, 2023

Round one -

Well - I made it through my first "round" - 
Of redoing the quilting on my Imperial Bargello
And took it off the frame -

While it's off and I'm "unsewing" the rest of the wonky bobbin rows -
I can experiment with other thread combos - 
I had a brand new cone of Grace - Finesse - thread in the top -
50 wt - 3 ply - polyester -
And it kept breaking just like my "old" Maxilock - 
50 wt - 3 ply - polyester -
It "should" work -
It's the recommended brand/type and "brand new" -
So maybe it's the bobbin thread - 
Right now it's a bobbin filled with "brand new" black Maxilock -

Maybe it needs to be a lighter weight - 
I have a couple of Decobob bobbins - 80 wt - that came with the sample pack - 
I can play with the cream/beige one - and if it "plays nicely" -
I can use the black one to finish off the rest of the redo - 
It's the only black lightweight that I have -
So I hope it works - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, May 28, 2023

Quilting again -

I found some thread that Gracie likes -
50 wt - 3 ply - polyester -  
BOB told me to check the manual - 
And I should have listened to her sooner - LOL - 
It's the same type as the Maxilock Serger thread that I've been using - 
So my thread breaks could be due to the thread being OLD -  
Anyway -
I got some NEW thread - 
And chose a LIGHT TAN for the top thread - 
And BLACK for the bobbin - 
Then re-loaded my Imperial Bargello
And re-quilted some of the lines that I had previously "un-sewn" - 

The top tension is tight enough that the back side doesn't show light pokies -
I'm talking about the row in the middle of the photo - 
The row on the right is one of the ones that I'm trying to replace - 
I don't like seeing the yellow pokies on the back - 
But I can't take out all of those rows just yet -
I need some of them to hold the batting in place - 
While I redo the first round - 

On the top - 
The row on the left - in the red/gold section - has black pokies from the back -
But you can hardly see them - 
It's the one with the threads looped so you know which one I'm talking about - 

The next row to the right - in the white/gold section - shows the black pokies - 
But I'm hoping that those will come out in the wash -

Black pokies on the top should blend in more than light pokies on the back - 
I could always use the same color of thread on the top and the bottom - 
To hide all of the pokies - 
But sometimes that just doesn't work for me -
And I can deal with pokies - 
Far better than I can deal with thread breaks - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, May 27, 2023

Testing -

Today I tested ten different thread combinations - 
Different top threads -
But the same bobbin thread weight/type -  
And  f found a few that Gracie didn't like-
And some that she did - 
I tested two of the Grace sample threads - 
And Gracie liked them both - 
Surprise - surprise - LOL - 

A GREEN solid -

And a MULTI-colored variegated -

 She also liked this YELLOW combination -

For my own records - 
I tested each thread combination - four different ways - 
  • Regulated Cruise - 10 stitches per inch
  • Regulated Cruise - 14 stitches per inch
  • Regulated Precise - 10 stitches per inch 
  • Regulated Precise - 14 stitches per inch 
I haven't thoroughly analyzed all of the results yet -
But I did notice that she didn't particularly like the "Regulated Precise" mode -
Nor did she like the 14 stitches per inch - 
So tomorrow I'll narrow it down to the "Regulated Cruise" mode - 
And 10 stitches per inch -

Then re-test the same combinations -
Plus a few more just for fun -
I think she likes 50 wt. polyester best - 
So - if all I have to do to make her happy - 
Is change the "mode" and lengthen the stitch -
And find her favorite thread type and weight - 
I think I can do that - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, May 26, 2023

Playtime -

Is a better word for me than WORK - 
So that's what I'm going to call it - LOL - 
Anyway - 
I'm still having tension issues with Gracie (my longarm) - 
I had the dealer come out and re-set some things for me - 
And she behaved nicely while he was here - 
But when he left - she started acting up again - 
He reset the bobbin and top tensions - 
And now she likes to break the thread - 
I think the top tension is too tight - 
But he's been doing it for years - 
And I've been doing it for a few months - 
So I don't want to change any of his settings - 
But I need to play to see if I can make her happy - 
I tried a bunch of different things - 
One at a time - 
And made notes as I went along - 
But my CDO* decided that I had to be more "orderly" about it - 
And I found a really cool download - HERE -  
If you click on the link - it's the second one listed - 
The FMQ Troubleshooting Tracker by Quiltsmith - dot - World
So I printed a couple of copies - 

I think that maybe Gracie doesn't like my thread - 
So - for the "official" first round - 
I'm going to keep the needle size and all of the settings the same - 

I'm just going to play with various threads - 

And I think I'll start with the "sample" pack that came with the machine - 
Gracie "should" like those - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 
*CDO -
It's like OCD - but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be - ;)) 

Thursday, May 25, 2023

Pressed -

My Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold is pressed - 
Ta - Dah!! - 

My camera doesn't like all of the YELLOW and RED - 

But the colors are pretty true in these photos - 

It's BRIGHT - 

But it's still PRETTY - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Webbed -

My Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold is webbed - 
But not pressed yet - 
So that's next on the agenda - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Back to it -

Today I got back to the webbing - 
Of my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
And finished the first vertical seam - 
Before I got interrupted - again - 

I have hopes for more progress tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, May 22, 2023

No sewing today -

So my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
Looks the same as ii did yesterday - 

As they say - 

Tomorrow is another day - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, May 21, 2023

Not much progress today -

On my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold -

I started sewing the first vertical seam - 

But got interrupted - 
And didn't get back to it - 
So maybe tomorrow will be more productive - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, May 20, 2023

More webbing -

Today I finished the rest of the webbing - 
Of the horizontal rows - 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold -

Tomorrow I should be able to sew the vertical seams - 

And press it for the "glamour" shots - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, May 19, 2023

Partial webbing -

On my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
Took place today - 
I do mine a little backwards  - 
And start with the bottom two rows - 
Row #8 is on the left - 
And Row #7 is on the right - 
I flip Row #7 over on top of Row #8 - 
And sew them together - 
But I don't clip the thread between them - 
So they wind up being "webbed" together - 
Then I add the next row - and the next - 

I got part way through the stack of rows - 

And should be able to finish the horizontal seams tomorrow - 
Then I can sew the vertical ones - 
Yeah - I know - 
Everyone else sews the vertical columns first - 
Then the horizontal rows - 
But I do my "Webbing with a twist" - HERE -
And it makes sense to me - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew -

Thursday, May 18, 2023

The next step -

In my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
Was to decide which blocks to put in which row - 
And this is what I came up with -

I tried to mix up the fabrics - 
So the same ones wouldn't be in adjacent blocks - 
And used the table insert on my frame to lay them out - 
I didn't want to put them all up on the design wall in the hallway - 

Since I wouldn't be able to get a decent photo - 

And I'd have to take them all back down anyway - 

So after I decided on the order - 
I made the piles for each row - 

And put them in order for "webbing" - 

Which is the next step - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, May 17, 2023

The last set -

Of blocks was sewn today - 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
So now it's time to play with the layout - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Bright -

Is putting it mildly - 
I did a trial layout of the blocks that I have so far - 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold -  
Then I sewed another set of blocks -

I have one more set of blocks to make - 
Before I can do the final layout - 
But something tells me that it won't matter much -
Because I don't think anything -
Will tone down all of that RED and YELLOW - 
And it's too late now - 
Unless I add a sashing between the blocks -
And that would destroy- 
The whole "Upstairs/Downstairs" thing - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, May 15, 2023

Blocks -

Today I got back to basics - 
And sewed together some more blocks - 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold

I sewed THREE sets of blocks - 
And I did not have ONE tension issue - LOL - 
I haven't given up yet - 
I WILL figure out my longarm tension issues - 
Even if I have to call the dealer to come out to check it for me - 
In the meantime -
Jack - my seam ripper - and I have another date tomorrow - 
To "un-sew" some more of the wonky quilting lines - 
On my Imperial Bargello
On the bright side - 
The wonky tension makes it easy to "un-sew" a row - 
I just have to snag the bobbin thread and pull - ;))
Talk to you later -  gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, May 14, 2023

Re-doing -

The re-do - 
It feels like I'm back at square one - again - 
The tension is STILL wonky - 
On my Imperial Bargello
The YELLOW pokies don't look that bad -  
But the BLACK bobbin thread is STILL just sitting there - 
I've tightened the top tension in a couple of "full" turns - 

And a few "quarter" turns of the dial -

And STILL have tension problems - 
I didn't have much time to play with it  today - 
So I'll play with it more tomorrow - 
And start over AGAIN - 
Set the bobbin tension with the "drop test" - 
See what the TOWA gauge reads - 
Then adjust the top tension - 
Ignoring the number on the dial - 
I have a preconceived notion of what that number should be - 
And that's probably part of my problem - 
It doesn't really matter WHAT the number is - 
If the tension is good - 
And if the top tension gets too tight - 
I'll loosen the bobbin tension a little - 
And start over - again -
Or maybe it's time to change the needle - again - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Saturday, May 13, 2023

The first round -

Of the quilting "re-do" has been completed - 

On my Imperial Bargello

Now I have to un-zip it - 

And "un-sew" the rest of the YELLOW bobbin thread rows - 

But if I get bored doing that - 

I can always take a break - 
And play with the last five sets - 

Of my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold

The segments are just sitting there - 
Waiting to be pressed and sewn together - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Friday, May 12, 2023

The first few rows -

Have been re-quilted - 
On my Imperial Bargello
The top doesn't look that different - 

But the back looks much better - 

I can "live with" the YELLOW pokies - 

More than I can the YELLOW thread on the back -
Besides - the pokies will probably disappear - 
When it gets washed anyway - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Progress -

Today I sewed the tubes - 
For the rest of the segments - 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
And un-sewed each set at the appropriate spot - 
Pinned each batch - 
And put them on the cookie sheet - 

Now all I have to do is take one stack - 

Lay them out in order - 

Press them -

And sew the blocks together - 
Assembly-line style - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Wednesday, May 10, 2023

No sewing today -

But I did get one batch of segments pressed - 
And pinned - ready to be sewn - 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold
Set them on the cookie sheet - 

And then partially un-sewed another batch - 

Some days are just not as productive than others - ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Re-loaded -

I re-loaded my Imperial Bargello
After I un-stitched the last row of the first round - 
So it's all ready to start the re-do tomorrow - 

Then - 
For a change of pace -
I sewed another set of blocks - 
For my Upstairs/Downstairs - Marigold

And there is another batch ready to un-sew - 
At the appropriate spot -

So I have a couple of things to play with tomorrow - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Monday, May 8, 2023

Last row -

I got to the last row on this first round of un-sewing - 
And - wouldn't you know - 
The tension is a not as bad on this one - 
But the color is still wrong - 

So out it comes - 

But it's not going nearly as quickly -
As the stitches with "wonky" tension -
BOB says to just keep going - 
I'll get all of the stitches pulled eventually -  ;))

Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Slow and steady -

Wins the race - 
I un-stitched several more rows today - 
It's really not that bad -
The bobbin thread is loose and easy to snag with the seam ripper - 
There's just a lot of it - 
I'm working from the back -
So the YELLOW bobbin thread is the stuff I'm pulling -


And I'm putting a pin in at the end -
To mark where there was a line of stitching - 
I'll have the first round un-stitched soon - 
Slow and steady - ;))
Talk to you later - gotta go - gotta sew - 


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