Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I'm hard on my sewing machines

I sew fast. It's usually pedal to the metal all the time. And so now I've two machines in the shop for repairs at Austin's Sewing Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Teresa and Ed Packer are the new owners and they are very nice people. I once took my machine in to them and they could have told me that I needed a 200.00 repair and I would have been snookered. Instead, Ed took one look at my Pfaff and told me all I needed was 2 AA batteries which he gave me and installed on the spot. These are honest repair people, in my opinion and if you need work done on your machine you might want to check them out.

Now, since my Brother 1500 sewing machine, which is my quilting machine, is in the shop, I'm going back to my machine quilting roots. This quilt is not very big, maybe 4 feet by 4 feet and I can easily handle it on my Pfaff 7540 with my clear table for easier quilting and sewing.

I first hand quilted the Quiet Village center houses with invisible Gutterman thread. The quilt has lots of embroidery on it and I like having that stand out as opposed to seeing the quilting stitches.

Next I did stippling on the machine around the fabric design and cathedral window blocks.

On the outside border, I think I'm going to do crosshatching to emphasize the scrolling vines.

1 comment:

jovaliquilts said...

It's really a beautiful quilt -- I like it a lot. I've noticed that more and more people seem to be doing both hand quilting and machine quilting in the same quilt. I think it's a great idea -- use each for what it does best!


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