Yesterday I went to a workshop at my new quilting group. I went prepared with fabric ready cut out and appliqué designs reversed, traced onto Bondaweb and ironed on my chosen fabrics.
Friends, I thought I’d be whizzing ahead with the project but those of you who are experienced workshop goers will probably smile and nod your heads when I say that I didn’t get very much done AT ALL!
It was all about sitting with lovely people and having a good chat and getting to know each other a little bit more 🙂
It also didn’t help that I’d reversed all the pattern images before tracing them onto Bondaweb and ironing it all down, when I went to iron them onto my background (please bear in mind that I hadn’t see the finished design – only the pattern pieces) my design was the wrong way round!
The pattern pieces had been reversed already!!
So I messed about a bit with altering the design so it still worked. Then set to with hand blanket stitching the design down.
One of the ladies was using her machine to do her blanket stitch and I have to admit to feeling a bit of machine envy! My machine is a Bernina 1010 and I’ve had it for 26 years, it’s an absolute work horse and stitches beautifully and I wouldn’t want to part with it BUT over the last couple of years I’ve been making a mental note of all those features I would like if I ever got another machine.
Simple things really like a needle down facility, blanket stitch, running stitch, a larger throat for those large quilts.
I’d be interested to know – what sewing machine features do you love?
I have a feeling that I’d better start saving my pennies!
Until next time,
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