For some reason it took F O R E V E R today to set up the GMQ (Grace Machine Quilter) frame. I was up and out in the sewing loft by 0900. OK it took a bit of time to light the fire. True I had to find some fabric for the practice piece, as well as some batting and backing. Of course I had to clear off the cutting table. Then I had to find an old sheet, iron it, cut some four inch strips, sew them together, sew on the zippers and then ALL OF A SUDDEN IT WAS 1130 !!!!
HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?
IS TIME GOING FASTER? I am no physicist but I wonder....
I had to get to the Quilt Zoo. I was meeting someone there and I was late. On Fridays the Zoo hosts an open sew. Folks come with their projects and we all sew together. Technically the Open Sew is from 11:00 to 1:00. But I know that if you show up anytime you can hang out there. CUSTOMER IS KING. My intent was to arrive right at 12:00. There was no way I was going to make it. So, I pulled up my socks, threw on a skirt and a vest, locked the dogs up in their room (Wrigley has been a VBD (Very Bad Dog). This is different from being NAGD (Not A Good Dog) and I took off.
There must have been ten or more people in the class room. What fun! I pulled out my Featherweight. I don't usually name machines anymore. This one, though, Betsy and I named Duane. It is sort of named after the person from whom we bought it. http://mysewingmachineobsession.blogspot.com/2012/03/just-give-him-money-for-petes-sake.html
Duane wasn't his real name, but we called him that and, hence, we call the machine Duane.
I wanted to piece the backing for the Disappearing Nine Patch. I had made a big nine patch block and cut it into four smaller blocks for the back. All I had to do was sew them up. I wound a bobbin and threaded Duane. I started my first seam. No power to the motor. Now that was ODD. I had just wound a bobbin; the light was working fine. What was up? Must be the foot controller.
I fetched my tools from the car and took the controller apart. Perfect condition. M. suggested that I use her controller (she brought a FW with her for me to service) . Brilliant idea ! The machine worked ! I was stitching happily along. Then, at the start of another seam, nothing. No power again. I gave the handwheel a push and it the motor kicked back in.
Must be the belt is too loose. I tightened the belt and it seemed fine for the rest of that sewing session.
Sadly, when I was using it later to sew the zip leaders (don't ask), same thing. No power, no nothing, no hum, no noise. Every time I would give it a push with the hand wheel, though, it would be fine and it would start right up again.
I am thinking Duane has a dead spot in his motor. Poor Duane.