My third framed purse - would you like this one partner?
I promise 'll scratch off all the glue from the frame.
Maybe it's the Friday the Thirteenth effect. In the last two hours of sewing two things have gone wrong in a spectacular way. Regular readers will know I've been having a few machine troubles. I decided that next week I'd have to make it to the local town where I've found a shop that has someone come in and do servicing. I thought in view of this I should crack on with a few WIP's I need to get done sooner rather than later. Then last night I was laying in bed listening to the rain and contemplating another drenching on the way to work, when I wondered if the problems I'd been having were to do with the feed dogs. I thought that maybe the mechanism that allows you to rise and lower the feed dogs had accidentally been knocked and maybe I'd been sewing with them lowered or something. So earlier I got out my manual and worked out what I had to do to lower the feed dogs and what do you know - the mechanism doesn't work. When I unhooked the lever and moved it to the right and rehooked it, as suggested in the manual, the feed dogs dropped and refuse now to go back on their own to the raised position. I can see by pushing my finger up under them that they were sitting far lower than they should in the first place.
This begs the question what is likely to be wrong. I've taken off the plate that covers them and checked screws etc but I think whatever isn't right is way inside the machine. Should I take the machine in and pay the £65 service charge and just hope the prices for the repair aren't stupid? (It looks like I'll have to pay the service cost to get even an estimate as this is the charge for service/looking at the machine with additional charges for parts etc on top.) Or should I cut my losses and start shopping for a new Janome. I do want a Janome. I realise that even if I trim down my wish list I'm still likely to be shelling out a good chunk of dosh for a machine - which is doubly scary when I'll have to order it online. There is a decided absence of sewing machine retailers in the area. So I can't try before I buy.
Any suggestions will be very welcome. I have access to another machine. A very basic Brother a friend kindly destashed in my direction. But it's not a joy to use and it feels like I've gone from driving a nice sports car to something with far less va va voom.
So I decided to try out the Brother with some straightforward stitching - which I've never done on it. I normally use it for free motion type work. I don't have a manual for it so it takes some fiddling to do stuff with it. It has an automatic needle threader for example - but no idea how that functions. The plan was to finish the hexie purse for my partner. It was all going relatively well until I glued the frame in wrong so I could only close the purse by turning the purse inside out. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!
Thankfully I could rip it all out before the glue was too set. I'll spend a good chunk of time now picking glue off the frame. Oh and the hexies are wonky because I obviously didn't sew them on straight and it's noticeable. So my partner may not like this purse. Even though I think it's quite cute.
The Lakehouse Dry Good Penelope fabric lining.
Ok so it's glued in wrong in this photo but I sorted that partner.
Glueing the frame purse.
I need to get the glue off the frame. Do you like this partner or prefer the first purse I ever made?
On to the giveaway. If you've sat through this heap of woe-is-me you jolly well deserve a giveaway. And as I didn't do my blogiversary one last month, I am well over due one.
How about this framed pouch with melody miller typewriters (which a smarter person would have fussy cut - ho hum) one side and those cool view finder reels the other. I'll fill it with some scraps and stuff. It's not the 2-4-1 tote some of you were hoping for, that'll be for another giveaway.
It's surprisingly roomy and I'll stash some scraps and stuff in here before posting ;-)
How to enter:
Just leave a comment - it's that simple. If you've any sewing machine related advice to my current dilemma would be jolly useful.
Anyone can enter providing I can mail it to you. Please check you're not a no-reply blogger. If you are you need to leave your email address in the comment. If I can't contact you I'll have to re draw. It's surprising the number of no-reply-bloggers that comment. I notice when I go to reply to your lovely comments and it tells me I can't :-(
I'll drawer a winner on Wednesday 18 July 2012