I'm thrilled to report that I'm back on track!
We had our Monday Sewing group yesterday, and it's always great to sew with friends! I don't care if they are on Zoom - it's better to chat via Zoom than to not chat at all! And as usual, when I shut down the meeting, Studio B feels empty!
While they were chatting and sewing, I was busy working on a magazine quilt, and I made great progress. Nope - can't share, but I hope to get it on the long arm tomorrow. No - let's rephrase that - it HAS to be on the long arm tomorrow. I've got a different quilt already loaded for today.
But let's go back to that other little mishap that I had. And I will say that the issue was 100 PERCENT operator error. It had NOTHING to do with the quilt.
So you know that on a long arm as on any other sewing machine that there's a throat space - the distance from the needle to the tower, or in the case of a long arm, the reach between the bars. Some machines have a short throat space and are called short arms, and I think the largest distance right now in the long arm world is 30 inches. That means you don't have to advance the quilt as much, but you still have to deal with the bobbins.
|The amount of workspace on my long arm|
And yes, you can get the head of the long arm close to the bar at the front and the back, but it needs a bit of clearance. Actually, this picture is deceiving because the needle can get much closer to the bar - it's just the closest it was when I snapped the picture.
|Clearance on the long arm|
And how does the long arm know where to stitch? Well, when you turn the computer on, it asks you to set the safe zone. You are basically setting a zone for the machine to work in. This is critical when setting the pattern, so the pattern actually stitches on your quilt and doesn't hit the bars.
|The safe zone for the long arm|
|The settings for the pattern|
|Customer quilt - done!|
|The background fabric|
I had already used two different backgrounds, and while it's not the same, it's going to have to work. There's no way that I could ever match this now without running around, and well - I don't have time, and this is what I chose before - it's going to work! So that means I can get back to that homework, but there isn't time today.
|The new background fabric against the old|
|The last tub of samples|
My goal for the end of the year is to have that area at the bottom of the stairs and under the long arm COMPLETELY organized. I'm so close now, and then I can set up my table to work on non-quilting stuff. I'm quite excited about that.
I haven't decided if I'm going to disassemble my film studio. I don't need the space, so I think I'm going to rethink it and maybe rearrange a thing or two, but I won't take it down. That's just too much work. I can't wait until I have some time to do that. It got thrown up in a hurry, and I never really had time to rejig it. The scenario worked very well, but I'm sure I can do a wee bit better.
On that note, I'd better get myself organized for the day.
There's so much to do, and well - there's no time to waste.
Have a super day!!!!