Not A Ripping Good Time

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Lesson learned:  when the sewing machine is acting up and producing
odd quilting, stop and take it in for diagnosis and reapir.

I have spent more time than I want to recall ripping out a LOT of
poorly formed machine stitched motifs in a quuen sized quilt.  It was
clear that there was trouble when I put them in but apparently I was
not engaging in good quality control (I was at retreat, not a grat
excuse but the best I've got).

The good news:  my bobbin case has been replaced.  The bad motifs are
all GONE and the deadline for this gift moved 3 months in my favor.
Oh, and I have significantly practiced my ripping skills.



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Ripping skills are good to have.  Many times when I've had a new stitcher
come through in hysterics, step one is to take out the @#$! mess she's made.
( That was putting it very politely.) Many times I've carefully, gently
removed the offending threads while she has a cup of tea, dose of Valium,
whatever it took to calm her highly offended delicate sensibilities. When I
was only four years old, my dear granny made everything right for me. She
had fine ripping skills.  It is a gift you can give to someone in great
distress.  Meanwhile, when you can; buy a spare bobbin case. I'm thinking
mine was less than $30 and is almost as helpful as a new sharp needle.

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Good advice, and too often ignored. Got pictures?
Roberta in D

On Mon, 21 May 2012 21:07:43 -0500, Mary in Rock Island IL

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Pictures have to wait until the gift is presented.  

Thanks for all the sympathy.  Now to re-quilt!

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I feel for you, Mary! As Polly said, though, ripping is a fine skill to
have. And why is it so much less difficult to rip out someone else's
mistakes than our own? <g>

Sandy in Henderson, near Las Vegas
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