Okay, so I took the machine in for service after being told it would be back the next evening. I went through all the paperwork, etc., and made a passing comment about "tomorrow." The woman helping me got really still and then asked what I meant. Turns out it wouldn't be back tomorrow, but more like next week. YIKES! I needed this block done! I couldn't be without my machine for a week! This is why I didn't leave it when we went on vacation. So the owner of the store apologized and gave me a few tips about my tension and cleaning so I could finish the block and then bring Rene in for service next week (They still have no idea who told me "the next day" or why...did I just misunderstand?)
I went home and carefully vacuumed my machine with one of my other favorite things. Unfortunately I got a little aggressive while I was doing that, and I really screwed things up. I accidentally sucked up the blade from my thread cutter, and dislodged another piece that apparently affects my bobbin thread.
So I took Rene back in for service and borrowed my mom's machine. All well and good, except that she's a hand quilter and doesn't know how to lower the feed dogs. I've searched out the manual online, only to find that the first 12 pages are all that's included. How to lower the feed dogs is on page 16.
In desperation I added some hand quilting, but it wasn't enough and I knew it. When I told the other WannaBees what was holding me up, Jodi said, "Oh! You can borrow my Supreme Slider!"
She explained that Leah Day, our latest quilt crush, uses this without lowering the feed dogs. Why? Because it messes up the tension! Who knew? I went to Jodi's to pick up the quilt and the slider. As she pulled out the slider to show me, I realized...
...I already have one! It's been sitting in my drawer since my mom bought it for me at a show about 2 years ago. It was right around the time I got my new machine, which has all these fancy bells and whistles for free motion, so I never even tried it.
The Supreme Slider is my new favorite thing. I can't wait to try it when I get Rene back, and thrilled I didn't buy a second one. The quilting went beautifully and quickly. The blocks are almost all together, and it looks great. Good news, because the show is only 37 days away!
Speaking of the show, there's still time to enter a quilt online.
Do you have a gadget you've never tried? One that changed the way you quilt? Please share!
I hope this week you find a solution to something that's been slowing you down.