How do I hate thee? Let me count the ways. Unfortunately my machine had to go to hospital again this week (even machines get stressed out). The tension was completely hopeless - so bad that I couldn't sew with it. As I thought I would be without a machine for a week at least, I got out some of the projects that are lurking at the back of the cupboard with the spiders. Then, surprisingly, I got an SMS next day to tell me the machine was ready. Wow, good service or what.
Gordon collected it for me on Wednesday, and I had a quick bobby on it and all seemed well. Next evening I popped the quilting foot on and tried the FMQ, which is often a bit dodgy tension wise. And guess what, it was back to being rubbish, and there was NOTHING I could do about it. And to put the tin hat on it (as my mum would have put it) the tension had gone on the straight line stitching too.
So when Gordon got home to a rather dejected and slightly tearful me, he took pity on me and started fiddlling with the machine. Next morning, with the help of a very nice service engineer called Niel at a Husqvarna shop in Notingham, he had sorted it all out and it was running reasonably well. Not perfect but OK.
So you can see why I'm so fed up with it. I've tried hard to like the damned thing for three years, but I've had enough. I think I have proved that sewing is not a fly-by-night hobby, and that the machine will not sit in a corner unused, so I'm in the market for a new one.
Now the hard part starts, trying to find one. I've already been to the Janome agent.
Unfortunately although I could try one, there was no foot pedal, which made it rather hard to judge it. But one thing I did notice, is that it did a rather nasty knotty thing underneath at the start of the sewing. Mmm - trying to get away from that.
So I'm looking for suggestions, please. What do you sew with? My main criteria (aside from reliability) is the large sewing space under the frame, as I love FMQ, and will likely as not always do my own. I do NOT need the squillion embroidery stitches, but it seems the manufacturers always put the two together, I have no idea why. I hope to get to the Prague Patchwork meeting this year, where I can try a few different ones, all in one place.
In the mean time, here's one of those dusty projects that I dragged out
I bought this fabric for the Love Beads quilt back in London in July. I started cutting it but other things got in the way. I pulled it out again the other morning and, with no pressures to sew anything, I quite enjoyed myself cutting 160 triangles and 80 hexagons. But as there are descrepencies with the templates and cutting instructions, I'm cutting only in stages, so that I can test that all the pieces fit before I cut the lot. Unexpectedly I was left with a lot of triangular off cuts from the Liberty fabric, so I've started a little hand stitching project
So now I can walk away from the machine when I get frustrated, and do some hand stitching!
It's better than throwing it out of the window, although I admit that would be rather satisfying too!