I checked my baby out of the hospital yesterday – my Janome 66oo, that is. Turns out she was trying to telling me that she needed a bit of a spa treatment. Thankfully, all she needed was a good cleaning and a lube job. It’s been about 1 year, 2 major quilts and half a dozen or so small projects. I guess it was time.
Moral of the story: Treat your baby well and she won’t let you down!
Another lesson learned the hard way: I should have paid more attention to this, but of course I had to find out the hard way. Even with the 6600 and 6500 being practically the same machine, I evidently needed to pay closer attention to calibrating my 1/4″ seam allowance. After I switched machines, I was working on a pieced border with a lot of seams. It’s amazing how much length can be eaten up by being off just the slightest bit – after a while it just adds up! My 35 1/2″ border strip was nearly a 1/2″ too short when I was done! I had to do a bunch of adjusting but I managed to make it up without a noticeable difference in the design.
Moral of this story: If you change machines mid-project, make sure your seam allowances are the same as with the previous machine. On a quilt with a lot of matching seams, it can mean the difference between the use of a very sharp instrument along with a lot of unmentionable words and stress-free satisfaction with how well the piece came together!
Lessons learned – now back to the sewing!