Thursday, 18 January 2018

A bit of fettling, and not a lot else

It is stupid, but I have always been intimidated by the APQS machine.  No reason why I should be - 20 years ago I brought only the second-ever Gammill longarm machine into England and with Tech Support 4,500 miles away and FaceTime not yet invented, if something needed fixing Management and I got out the toolbox and went at it.  We probably know far more about working on large, single stitch industrial machines than your average quilter but there has always been something about the Millennium that I've found daunting.  That has to stop and it stops now.  So this morning we removed various covers and I was delighted to find that the area under the front cover was really clean and not over-oiled, so I could reassemble everything and not worry.



We then took off the motor cover and Management drilled a hole in it so we could fit a horizontal spool holder I've had sitting in the toolbox for years (took it off the Gammill when we changed machines).  Really should have done this sooner but a plastic chopstick held on with Duck Tape has been working fine 😉



Then it was a thorough clean of carriage, wheels and tracks and then everything was clean and shiny and ready to load backing fabric for the TATW quilts.  90" wide and 160" long - plenty big enough for both quilts, but had been folded in the stash for years and the creases took some getting out.



It pinned on well but this is one of the rare occasions I really miss the 12 foot table on my old Gammill.  When we changed machines I had to go down to 10 foot - no way a longer table was going to fit here.  Most of the time it doesn't bother me, but it would be nice to be able to work on larger quilts and have a bit of room at the end of the table.



I know what thread I am going to use, and which batting, but cannot make up my mind about the quilting pattern.  The wrong pattern can kill a quilt, and I admit on this occasion I want a big, well spaced one that isn't going to take forever to stitch up. 



Daisy has had her tea-time walk and the jury has retired overnight to the comfort of the woodburner and my Kindle with a box of tissues nearby.  I refuse to go down with this year's flu virus but can no longer ignore the fact that both Management and I "have got a bit of a cold 🚑 ".








12 comments:

  1. Our colds are lingering long than we like, but it's not stopping us doing things. Can't wait to see your finished quilt, I'm loving crocheting my blanket, warm knees, my finished blanket is for home, to use in garden in summer, hence no light colours.

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    1. Hope you feel better soon Marlene. Isn’t it sad that we need to think of blankets for summer? I don’t know that I could live in another country, but sometimes I rather envy those people who’ve been brave enough to move to Spain and warmer climes.

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  2. If I get a cold, I like to drink hot water laced with lemon juice & honey, but that's just me. Now, you posted the above photo of some patterns and we can't see them properly!!!! Need another photo of all. I'll admit my old APQS frightened me, but then I did purchase a "lemon" & it has gone on to have many owners, or so I was told some years back. I've been pleased with both my Gammills since I started with the Premier & now have the Statler Twenty Two. Yes, I'm spoiled having the computerised version, but I'd not be pushing a heavy machine too much these days, with sore back etc. and am able to keep doing what I love. Machines of any sort, are a bit scary. Well I'm a bit scary too (giggle). Have a good weekend & take care.

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    1. I used to like the same drink Susan, but nowadays the honey is too sweet and I cannot cope with it.

      Afraid you will have to settle for the pattern photo as is. There is very little room beyond the edge of the table which is why the picture has to be taken at an angle.

      A friend has recently upgraded to a modern APQS with all the computerised bells & whistles and loves it. You are very lucky to have your Statler.

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  3. Hmm, I like Indira, but if that second one is Featheration I'd go with that. Looks great on everything and a much easier flow than Indira. That's an important consideration when working on BIG quilt. Don't want to wear yourself out. Enjoy the cold weather, we're hitting the first of three days of 45 degrees

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    1. Oh Keryn, thank you ~so much~. I was thinking of emailing you a 'heads up' that these patterns were out on show 😀

      Obviously you've identified the designs and yes, second one is Featheration. That was my overnight favourite. Another consideration was Groundcover which I used on the pillowcase panels a couple of days ago but sadly it doesn't have the same speedy flow, even though it always stitches up perfectly.

      Looks like Featheration it is then 😊

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  4. Your machine certainly looks impressive. I hope you and M feel better soon. It's no fun feeling like you have a cold coming on, stay warm and have plenty of hot drinks.

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    1. Thanks Eileen, neither of us are more than a bit snuffly and achy, could be so much worse, thanks for your good wishes though :)

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  5. There's a dribbly cold doing the rounds in Worcestershire. It's not a stopper but it does cause horrible itchy eyes for weeks. Hope that you soon feel better. Jx

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    1. Gah! Itchy eyes! Thanks Jan, I thought I was going mad ... or needing a haircut. 👱🏻‍♀️ x

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  6. Whatever you choose will be okay, I think. When I have a quilt top with mostly right angles (like this), I like a quilt pattern with curves. It helps soften the look. Unless of course, you want the geometric look. I actually have a quilt here in the sewing room that is done of half square triangles in a sorta TATW pattern. It is stitched in the ditch around the squares.

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    1. I do just the same as you Sue, soften straight piecing lines with curved quilting lines wherever.

      Just taking a coffee break but am halfway through top one - it's going great so far (fingers crossed I haven't jinxed things).

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