Quilting is the same way. Half the fun of putting that double wedding ring quilt together was doing it on a Singer 15-91 from 1952. She ain't perfect. It's a challenge to sew with her. It's fun to solve the challenges.
And, it's the same with the treadle.
This is the bobbin and bobbin case. It's a second spool of thread. That's where the name two spool comes from, a spool in the top and a spool in the bottom. Because it's a spool, the bobbin case is called a spool case and a spool case is more valuable than a complete machine. It's weird pricing. It won't hold a modern size, so I can't buy a spool, but it has a spool winder that works wonderfully, after you practice for a few spools. If you have one of these machines, be patient. It will not help to be frustrated. Just accept that your first few spools are not going to be full, and they're going to be lumpy. But, after a few, it gets better.
I'm using a foot I made from a paper clip to free motion quilt. It presses down on the fabric while the stitch is forming, but then the needle set screw lifts it when the needle rises, just a tiny bit so the fabric can move. It's still a work in progress. But, getting better. Unfortunately, so far, I can't get it to reliably sew in a full circle. Sometimes it will...and sometimes it skips stitches. I checked the timing and don't think that's it. So, I'm fiddling with the foot. The only drawback to the machine is that the hook is huge so it can make it all the way around that big spool case. It's at least 2.5 inches in diameter. That means it takes a long length of thread to make that loop. That thread bounces around in front of me when it's skipping stitches, so I've learned to watch for it. But, it would be much better if I could make it stop.
This is the little quilt I'm working on. Curvy lines that I can quilt in a pretty much forward direction. There's very little going backward, so it's worked great. And, it's given me a chance to work on coordinating my footwork. It's hard to start the machine with one hand, hold the quilt with both hands, and move both feet at the same time. Best advice I can give there is don't think about it. Soon as you can start to do it unconsciously, it all comes together. But, while you're focused on it, it's going to be clumsy. Just takes practice.
This is what else I'm working on. It's being rather frustrating. You can imagine what that translates to in real life. There are serious mistakes in the piecing. And, I've never noticed them before. But, now that I'm quilting it and focusing on spaces about three inches square, I see them. And, it's hard to keep my focus and my desire to work on it. I need to set it aside right now and work on something else until my motivation comes back. Unfortunately, this one has me doing that pretty frequently. But, I have to respect my process. I mean, what's the point of all that therapy to understand my process if I'm not going to respect it now, right?
Everybody have a great Tuesday. Things are looking up around here. And, when they're not looking up, I sit and sew. It's the only thing to do.
Today, I'm going to an awards ceremony for Syd. She's earned a cord to wear with her cap and gown on graduation day.