I have had one goal lately: get the Bailey set up and stitching. What is the Bailey? It is a mid arm quilting machine created by Chuck Bailey of The Bailey Sewing Center in Leicester, NY. http://www.baileyssewingcenter.com/test.html
I bought my 17Pro in 2010. Just before I went wacko with SMAD. It has been sitting and waiting for me to start my recovery. I think I may be ready.
Supposedly you can sew one side of the zipper to the cloth leader and baste the other side to the edge of the quilt, thus allowing you to zip the quilt on quickly to set up for machine quilting. I thought about that and decided that I did not want to fragment the cloth of the zipper each time I removed the zipper from a quilt. So I sewed the other side of the zipper to some narrower cloth leaders on Friday so that I could accomplish my goal for that day: get the practice quilt set up on the frame.
There are four rails. Rail One accepts the quilt top, batting, and quilt back. Rail Two holds the quilt back. Rail three holds the quilt top. In order to keep it orderly, I basted the top and back together in the sewing loft BEFORE I basted on the zipper. Then I basted one zipper each to the opposite edges of the quilt top and the quilt back. I did this all in the sewing loft. Far away from the quilt frame which is in the guest apartment over the shop (It's the only place the sucker will fit).
I traipsed out to the apartment just before dinner on Friday. Steven was OOT so I did not have to worry about time. The dogs could certainly wait. I discovered, much to my chagrin, that I had sewn the zippers to the quilt backwards. Luckily, I had basted them on.
The dogs got their supper, but not until I had removed the zippers from the quilt top and back. Then I got a bright idea. Take a machine out to the GA (Guest Apartment) and make sure you do it right this time, Lizzy. So I did. I took Duane with me. That's how I knew he had a dead spot in his motor.
OK. Once I got the zip leaders all set up correctly I zipped the quilt on. Worked great ! But something was wrong It just didn't look right. Something was backwards. Intuitively I thought that the back should attach to rail number three, one edge of the top to rail two and both back and top, with batting in between should attach to rail number one. I was 33% correct.
I got out the instructions and discovered my error. It is counter intuitive, but the back attaches to number two, the top to number three and both attach to number one. Surprisingly, I did not swear. I just ripped the zippers out and attached them correctly.
I accomplished that goal with three hours to spare. I celebrated. Yessir I did.
Next goal: Service the Bailey.