Sunday, May 17, 2015

Janome thread guide hint & Saga of Tattered Puppy

Remember the poor tattered pupy from this post?

I put off mending him until "after retirement" when I would suddenly have all the time in the world to finish all my projects and then some time left over to read, play piano and nap 😊 So retirement and I have been sooooo busy, but they are days filled with things I love to do rather than that work!

First I stripped off all the tattered fabric. This proved quite a chore and took several days. It was this block plus another where I had used the same fabric for a background.

With that done, the puppy is now naked, rather than tattered.


I pinned a piece of replacement fabric over the block and began clipping away the fabric I did not need, leaving enough to turn under the edge to do needle turn applique. Simple enough, right???? Wrong! This process proved to be something I hope never to have to do again.

Once the applique was done, I had to requilt the block as the newly appliquéd sections were not quilted. So I placed a pin in each corner of the block, carefully turned the quilt over and marked with blue tape the section the had to be re-quilted.

Easy Peazy, right? As a child, and as an adult, I could never color in the lines. Well, this also applies to doing free motion quilting following lines of a previous quilter.








I did my best though, and you know what "they" say, "If it looks good from a galloping horse....." So here is a picture of the finished repair from about 15 paces.

Looks pretty good, don't you think.....and that is as close as you are going to get to the quilting😉




Here is my grandson, Levi, holding his quilt that he has waited so patiently to receive back. He is usually galloping around himself, so doubt he will see I did not quilt in the lines.









I must share a valuable lesson I learned for all of you who quilt with a Janome that has the thread guide thing for large cones of thread. I always thought it had to be fully in the upright position to work right, but my spool of machine quilting thread kept flying off the spindle.

So I tried lowering the thread guide, and lo and behold, no more problems. Now who knew? Probably all of you out there, but I even checked the manual to see if this was in the instructions ( not that I had read the manual when I got the machine) and did not see it there. Maybe I should tell Janome of my discovery or if it is common knowledge, tell them to include it in the manual, that is if anyone takes the time to read it☺️

Thanks for stopping by,





StitchinByTheLake said...

The puppy quilt turned out to be adorable and I couldn't tell in the photo that it had been repaired - it looked original. blessings, marlene

Julie Fukuda said...

That's a pretty remarkable job. My hat is off to anyone who can make a machine behave that well.

Rose Marie said...

Well, you did the repair and the quilt owner is happy .... I would say 'job well done!'

Ruth said...

It's no fun repairing a quilt. I have done it too., but it looks great! Regarding the spool of thread flying off the spindle - that might be because the thread gets caught in the little slit on the spool that you can use to hold the thread when you aren't sewing. The Janome tool kit has some round white things that you can put on top of the spool while sewing that will keep that from happening.

Purple Pam said...

Since Levi is happy with his quilt it really does not matter about the quilting. Thought you would have lots of time in retirement to do your thing, huh? Since I retired I have not finished as many quilts, nor completed many UFOs. I seem to be making more UFOs, not less! LOL!