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Digest for Tuesday October 19, 1999

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From:  Karen 
Subject: Hi
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 06:31:05 -0500

I really like kaffee-klatsch. And to Amy just forget what that lady said about your corners not being perfect. Not one of the quilts I have made have perfect anything. And they are loved by all. I leave the perfect things to God. There are times when I have pulled and stretched my fabric to get it to fit the next block. And it still is off a little. I try to be careful when I sew or cut. And sometimes it just goes wrong. Oh well. Everyone on here is so helpful and friendly. And supportive. Go for it and finish that quilt. We are here for you.
From: Sally 
Subject: Gunk removal and FWs
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 09:21:17 +0100

A drop of baby oil or light sewing machine oil gently rubbed over the gunk will bring it off easily.  This is a great tip for cleaning everything from dirty old Featherweights with years of nictine and goodness-knows-what without damaging the surface to new china with store labels stuck on. 

My repairman rang yesterday to say my FW was ready and the re-wiring and new leads, plug, socket etc. to replace what I smashed will cost UKP70 (something over USD100 I think)  He was so embarassed at the cost that he threw in a complete service for free, and that would normally be about UKP25.  Its a lot of money, but worth it.  Because of the accident to the FW I had to switch to my electronic Janome halfway through piecing a top.  I couldn't machine  quilt without the Janome, but I was horrified at the difference in stitch quality for my piecing - all of a sudden I was making taught, inaccurate seams.

I'm off to collect my baby as soon as I can!

Sally W  
From: LIN1322 
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 10:49:33 EDT
Subject: Re: Kaffee-Klatsch for 10/13/1999

> Old straight stitch machines have many advantages over newer Zigzag capable 
>  machines...Most of them involving the action of the feed dogs on your seam 
>  allowances. )

I was told this also by the woman who gave the machine classes when I bought 
my machine. According to her, when all of the synthetic fabrics came along, 
the knits, etc., the machines were made to zigzag , the ball point needles 
came along, and even the straight stitch "bobbles" a bit to accommodate all 
of this. The older machines actually sew a straighter straight stitch! This 
was part of the original allure of the Featherweight.
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 12:30:44 -0400
From: Linda  
Subject: Reply to Ricki  

Hi...I agree full heartedly with Ricki...My Singer 301 outdoes my
computer for material feeding thru the feed dogs.  The tension is
great.  I sometimes use a walking foot when the material is thick.  You
just can't beat those old machines.  I also have an old (l970's) Kenmore
I take to classes but you can't lower feed dogs for Machine quilting but
I do have a walking foot and l/4" foot that I use for piecing.  Thanks
From: LIN132 
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 12:54:53 EDT
Subject: (no subject)

Hi, everyone!
I've sure enjoyed all the posts lately! I thought I would share a few things 
I've learned along the way -- maybe they might help someone or be of general 
interest. When I took my very first quilt class I didn't know how to sew at 
all, unlike a lot of you who were taught by moms, grandmothers or in school. 
I had to buy a sewing machine to even begin! Anyway, one of the things my 
teacher suggested was to start a notebook with a snippet of each fabric and 
how much I had of it, etc. Well, I couldn't imagine that I would ever have 
enough fabric that I wouldn't remember what I had! Was I ever wrong! I know 
own a whole room full of fabric, and wish that I had started that system! 
I've bought several fabrics more than once, not remembering that I already 
had them -- I must have really liked them! 

Someone suggested a peephole for viewing quilts/fabrics. I use this method 
too, and have another hint -- I have one of those kid's small kaleidoscopes, 
the cheap trinket kind with a faceted plastic end. I look though it at one 
block to see what it will look like when repeated.

Whenever I take a class or workshop, I take along a square of muslin that has 
been ironed to freezer paper and ask the teacher to sign it. I hope to make a 
quilt someday with all the signatures of those whose classes I've attended.

On guilds... Although I was welcomed warmly when I first joined my guild, 
after that I just sort of faded into the background and felt left out. I 
nearly quit! Then, I decided that most of these people knew each other, and 
probably didn't see each other except for once a month and had lots of 
catching up to do in the short social time before the meeting began. I 
started to volunteer on various committees, introduce myself to other new 
members and ask questions of other members. I became part of the guild, not 
just a member. My guild has brought me so many friends, good times and 
knowledge that I would hate to be without it. If you've visited a guild, but 
just didn't click or fit in, try giving more of yourself and see what happens.

Sorry, this is so rambling, but I wanted to share this with you. BTW, I also 
have The Artists Way, and I love it.


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