Thursday, March 8, 2007

Feathered Star Progress

I finally have the second row completed on my feathered stars quilt. All went well except I had to switch machines when piecing the blocks in this row and I discovered that there must be a variation in the 1/4" seam allowance between my Brother ULT and Janome 9000. The row 2 blocks were slightly larger than row 1's and getting those points just right when sewing row 2 to row 1 and matching all the seams was a bit of a pain. It took a bit of manipulation but I am not going to worry about it too much. It is probably good advice not to switch machines in the middle of a project unless absolutely necessary. Here is a photo of how my Feathered Stars Top is coming along...

Speaking of machines, today I woke up to an email in my inbox announcing a great deal on a Brother 2340CV cover stitch serger. Since my current serger (also a Brother) did not have a cover stitch, and I often wished it did, I could not resist. I can't wait until it gets here. I have recently started making clothing and this machine will provide a more professional looking finish on the things I make. It also seems nice to have two separate machines. I will be able to jump from the serger to the cover stitch machine without having to convert the machines set-up like I hear you have to do for the all-in-one machines. Now, I just need to find a place in my already crowded sewing room to put it.