Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Sick Bernina

Last evening, I was all good. Supper was over, kitchen cleaned up, husband off to a meeting, daughter upstairs doing homework (texting), and I was on a roll with my broken dishes construction. I had the Cavaliers-Grizzlies game on tv, listening as I stitched, and I was motivated to get several blocks finished off!

So, there I was, just stitching away on my hour-glass blocks, when right in the middle of a seam the fabric stops feeding through. What the heck?!?! Nooo! This can't be! I rethread the machne, re-insert the bobbin, brush out the fuzz and blow it clean, and still no-go.
There's Miss Bernina, still sitting on the dining table (after Friday's marathon day with Sharon), light off, and surrounded by myriad hour-glass blocks all marked and pressed and ready for action. But, no action. I can tell when I attempt to adust the stitch length knob (3rd one down) that it isn't "catching" whatever mechanism inside there that completes the feed dog function.

Miss Bernina and I will be off a little later this morning to a repair shop for what I hope will be a quick fix.

I'm wondering how many machines serious quilters need to have for situations like this. I've never had more than one machine at a time. I do have several quilting girlfriends, though, who have three, or even four. It has never seemed essential for me to have more than one - and I've been supremely happy with mine. She's near 20 years old, possibly older. I bought her brand new and at a drastically reduced price when a local quilt shop was going out of business. Back in July, she just had a serious cleaning and check-up when my daughter was finishing up her 4-H project. As a result, Miss Bernina was performing beautifully.

Hopefully soon, I will get back to my blocks. Aren't they pretty?
In the meantime, I will return to hand-stitching the Cheddar Cheese and Crackers doll quilt. I don't mean to sound like I'm disappointed in doing that, because I truly do like hand-stitching, and the doll quilt is such a fun little project to work on.


  1. Yes, your blocks are pretty! I only have one machine too. The only time in ten years I regreted not having a spare was when it was in the shop. I did like you and took up some handwork while waiting.

  2. your blocks are pretty, I love hourglass blocks...
    oh I hope the machine is fixed quickly hey maybe you will finish hand quilting the Cheddar Cheese and Crackers quilt, I still need to make mine!

  3. I hope your machine is fixed soon. I traded in my own 1010 for an 1130 back in the early '90's. I love, love, love it. But, mine is having a problem with the "reverse" button. When I push it, there is no backwards movement and then it starts sewing forward with the basting stitch. I hope I can find a good repairman because I want to keep this machine forever. Bernie was my only machine until last year. I bought a featherweight, but have never used it. Might have to soon if I send Bernie to the sewing machine hospital.

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