|Free Motion Fun on “Betty”|
I realized I haven’t really posted an update on using my Singer 201-2 in a while.
I’ve named her “Betty” and she’s become my main sewing machine. I hardly ever use my Janome 415 anymore unless I’m doing an appliqué stitch on something. Piecing, quilting and binding are a cinch on my Singer.
I do oil her regularly and I don’t often have to clean out lint since the thread I usually use doesn’t have a lot of lint in it. Winding bobbins are pretty easy, the thread feeds just fine off of the Sulky cones and I don’t have a thread tension problem anymore even while Free Motion Quilting.
I do eventually want to purchase a new marked needle plate since it would be a nice thing to have on the machine while using my walking foot. I also want to get a Supreme Slider for when I’m doing FMQ as I’ve heard good things about it reducing friction. Leah Day swears by it. I know some people go as far as using a quilting frame like the one John Flynn has on this machine but I don’t know if I’m ready for that.
|Results of chalk marking|
I did get some new templates and a new chalk pounce for quilt design marking. It worked out okay. I sometimes have trouble gripping the fabric as I’m doing my FMQ designs. I know some people use a hoop that sits on top of the fabric but I don’t know how that would work for me.
The photo on the left is the “after” picture of a design that I marked using the new chalk pounce. Using the pounce the first time I had to really rub it several times over the template. Then as you are doing your free motion some of it rubs off in other spots so by the time you get to a certain corner it is way lighter than it was in the beginning. I may have to mark a block at a time or something. For dark fabrics this works great though. That fabric is the backing of a sewing machine cover that I worked on this past weekend. It will be reversible. I’ve just gotta finish sewing the binding on this week and stitching it down.
I took my Janome 415 to a quilting bee yesterday and it was SO loud. I need to take it apart and clean out the inside. Something is causing it to be that loud. The noise started when I tried free motion quilting on it several months ago before I got my Singer 201-2 and ever since then it has been loud. I’m hoping a good cleaning and oiling will take care of the noise.
The only drawback of my Singer is that it is built into the cabinet. The presser foot is actually built in to it. I’m sure I can clip the cord and attach my own presser foot but I don’t know if I want to do that right now. It isn’t exactly the lightest thing to tote around to sewing classes weighing 30 pounds. It would be nice to take it out at some point. I hope that one day I can afford a decent sewing cabinet for both my machines. Would also be nice if I could afford a nice Pfaff. Maybe one day.