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So...... how much do you love your new sewing machine?  Did you get up at
midnight plus one minute to tear open the wrappings?  Did you sew all day or
break to make a big dinner?  How many quilts have you made on it....so
far???  VBG

Leslie, Missy & The Furbabies in MO.



Re: Musicmaker- report in, please
glad you asked - I actually checked in to let you all know about the
new machine.  Got to open it up on Christmas Eve, and since I've had a
mild form of the cold virus going around, I also got to stay home from
all the less than fun family gatherings.  Of course, I was exhausted
and didn't do much with my Babylock, but I did play some,  She and I
have a lot of getting acquainted to do but so far she meets most of my
expectations.  The acrylic insert I ordered ahead of time for my koala
table doesn't fit (not surprising as it's a brand new model) and I'm
waiting to hear from the people I ordered it from to exchange it.  In
the meantime, Baby came with her own acrylic slide on table so I've
been going ahead with some mending and some quilting on the fusibles
that have been waiting in the wings for Baby.  I was surprised that
there was no thread cutter - I thought that the floor model I test
drove had one but I must have overlooked that.  She's pretty easy to
thread and has a front loading bobbin that I really wanted.  All my
bernina bobbin fit in Baby which is a big plus.  Though the bobbin
winder isn't a separate motor - it's very fast and quiet (as in it
doesn't drown out the conversation in the room).  She's quiet in
regular mode, too, and has a zillion different stitches, including
letters which I've used to make a few labels.  There are 6 memory
modules that I can program and save - one I've saved as "made by" and
another I've saved as Cindy, so I can sign quilts by machine if I want
to.  Once I've finished the 3 fusible wallhangings, I'll give her a go
on the Flynn quilting frame with a few quilts waiting in the wings and
see how much difference the extra harp room makes.

As for dinner - leftovers.  Neither one of us were in the mood for a
real dinner having snacked on junk all day.  Another present Christmas
morning was a new cricut - say it like the bug - which anyone who
scrapbooks knows is a biggie - so now I'm torn between scrapbooking
and quilting (quilting is winning).  The cartridges for the cricut at
retail cost about 70$ each but I bought several on ebay Christmas
morning for less than 50 - I think there were fewer bidders being
Christmas and all.

All in all - a very satisfying vacation lies ahead of me as I don't go
back to teaching piano until next Thursday.  Yeehawww!

Musicmaker

Re: Musicmaker- report in, please
I'm so glad you love your Quest!  Sorry about that insert and hopefully they
will get it right... quickly!  And get well soon- this is such a lousy time
to feel badly... 'specially with a new sm to enjoy...  and a vacation spent
being a sicky is not fun, either.

I found an accessory you can buy to cut that thread.  And even better, *you*
can place it where it is the most handy for you.

http://www.clotilde.com/detail.html?prod_id=411&criteria=164771

Leslie, Missy & The Furbabies in MO.

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Re: Musicmaker- report in, please
thanks for the link.  right now I'm on hold concerning accessories -
snipper scissors have worked for me for years, I guess I'll just keep
snipping.  I'm feeling much better, thank you.  Just a few sniffles
and coughs.  How was Christmas for you furbabies?  JJ got 2 gifts and
unwrapped them very effectively.  I think she likes the wrapping
better than the toys.  (:  Musicmaker

Re: Musicmaker- report in, please
Christmas was good.  I spent the day with my granddarlings- and their
parents, of course.  Little children's delight in everything Christmas makes
it all look special thru their eyes.  The Furbabies had a slice of ham with
their meal, so they thought it was pretty special, too.  They don't do toys
much- all four want to kill the squeaky by performing a squeaky-ectomy as
soon as they get a new toy.  They prefer food-type 'gifts'.

I've never used the thread cutter on the side of the sm, either.  It's just
not handy for me or I don't think to use it.  I'm with you on using a
snipper. Glad your health is improving!

Leslie, Missy & The Furbabies in MO.

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Re: the thread cutter
I know I'm bringing up the rear here but I just saw that you (all) are not
using the thread cutter on your SM.  For goodness sake!  When I see someone
on Simply Quilts or Sewing with Nancy pick up snips or scissors after
stitching, I want So Badly to teach them a quicker way.  Here goes.
    At the end of whatever - chain sewing 100 log cabin blocks  =)   or just
one little seam:
    Reach through your SM's arc with your right hand and raise the presser
foot (to release the tension).
    With your left hand, firmly grasp whatever you've stitched and ka-ching
the ending threads through the thread cutter.
    Learning to do that may only save you 12 seconds but our sewing time is
so precious.   Don't waste any of it.  Save it for reaching for the
chocolate.  Polly

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Re: the thread cutter
I've used it a few times, BUT... either I get it too far away- which leaves
tails of thread- and have to trim the threads again with the snips or
scissors or I catch the fabric in the thread cutter.  Either way I'm not
happy- with the sm, with the results and with my tri-focals.  I'll have to
stick to the old fashioned way.  Sorry, Polly.  I'm just not as talented as
you...

Leslie, Missy & The Furbabies in MO.

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Re: the thread cutter
I did buy one of those thread cutters for my FW and another machine and it
sure does make
things easy.   I took a class one time from a Pfaff educator and when she
saw me use two hands
to push the fabric back to where the cutter was she corrected me and told me
to just use
my left hand ----sort of push the fabric back and pull it up and catch the
thread in the cutter
..sort of one big swoop.   Took a while to change but worked so much better
than my way.
Mary



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Re: the thread cutter
You're far more dextrous than I am, Polly!! Last time I tried to do that, I
ended up cutting a bit of the block I was working on!! (Don't ask - I'm an
even worse driver than I am at 'driving' a thread cutter!!)

'Sides, my Gingher snips sound so ... comfortin' and lovely ... like a
symphony of creativity!! :)

Hugs!!
Connie :)

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Re: the thread cutter
I use my thread cutters on all my machines too.  They are handy.  Most
are in a little different spot but even the old FW's have them.
The Bernina one on the flat part of the bed took getting used to
probably the most but worth the trouble to get int the habit.
Using the extra time to reach for the chocolate sounds sensible to
me!
TAria

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Pshaw ... in our house, *I* don't have to reach for the chocolate - that's
what my kids are for! They will even unwrap the chocolate for me ... and
they consider it a nice bargain - considerin' that they're getting a quilt
out of the deal!! :)

Hugs!!
Connie



Re: the thread cutter
I hate to say it but mine are the kids that alert me to
the fact that they don't need any new quilts. DD did make a special
request a few years ago though.  They just mostly have too many.
They did give me that neat set of Ginghers Costco has been selling.
I don't think I'll need another pair of scissors in my life.
Taria

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Re: the thread cutter
My kids only bribe me for quilts because I give so many away to other people
(jealousy is an ugly thing, ain't it? LOL!).

Until I started givin'em away, my kids didn't give a durn whether or not
THEY got one and would even roll their eyes at me if I said something like
"this fabric would look so nice in a quilt for you!!" ... now that I mainly
quilt for charity groups and friends, they'll gladly kill each other to be
the FIRST one to get one between'em!!

And who says all moms are good at is guiltin' their kids?! :)

BTW, it works on hubby, too!!! :)

Hugs!!
Connie :)

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Re: the thread cutter
Yes, but... for most normal piecing, I like ending my chain with an ender.
I'm anal enough to want to use every scrap of thread possible. And I'd
probably waste more seconds re-training myself than I ever would gain later
on!
Roberta in D

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