Wow! What a whirlwind weekend.
First thing I did was work on the Singer 401. I found a free adjusters manual, and even though the pictures were copies of copies and very not clear, I was able to find the problem and fix it and give the machine a good oiling and cleaning and adjusting and now, it is sewing terrific! Makes a bit of noise, but I’m hunting that down with my oil bottle and will eventually find it.
So, what was wrong? One of the first things I did was rebuild the upper tension. I’ve learned that there is usually gunk in a vintage machine that hasn’t been used in a while and so I just started breaking them down. But, I never knew how important it was to get that tension spring on the side set right.
You know what I’m talking about. That little spring on the side of the tension assembly that bounces up and down with every stitch. Well, apparently, the purpose of that spring is to jerk the thread back up after the stitch is made and because that wasn’t tight, it wasn’t jerking and the thread was getting caught in the bobbin area.
Hey, the more machines I work on, the more I learn about working on them.
Anyway, once that was fixed, I was sewing like a madman.
I made 10 blocks for Erin’s Sandy relief effort. I decided that it wasn’t fair to send her a quilt’s worth of blocks to assemble and quilt, so I’m going to finish this one and send her the finished quilt.
Fun and addictive blocks.
And, I spent a few hours working on the pink baby quilt. It’s mostly quilted. Just some more echo work and then the final border.
Huge feathers and echoes. It fills, it’s fast and it’s quite becoming on this little girly quilt.
I even pieced some Christmas tree blocks.
I’m up to 9 of the 13 I want and two more are cut and waiting for time to assemble.
Today is Sydney’s birthday. She wanted to make her own cake. She made a Mississippi Mud cake.
A doctored up Devil’s Food cake mix (per the Cake Doctor) and a layer of marshmallow fluff and a layer of cooked frosting and a layer of pecans. It nearly sent me into shock last night and all the chocolate gave me the shakes.
She got new “snow boots”…like it ever will snow here. And, she’s getting a Kindle tonight. And, cards. Grades are up and she is paying more attention to her school work. Sometimes, you just have to get her attention. And, despite the sense of disappointed entitlement that plagued us all day yesterday (yes, you do still have to do your weekend chores, even on the day before your birthday), I’m thinking she’s going to have a happy birthday.
Or, maybe I’ll just beat her with a stick. Ya’ never know.
Be well and have a great Monday. Lane