Saturday, April 30, 2011

Finished Irish Chain

My first and most likely my last Irish Chain. The pattern is interesting but the quilts can look boring without any quilting. I just don't like the traditional quilting that is done with the Irish Chain quilts. I did have fun thinking of ways to jazz it up a bit. And I got to use the Singer 328K, Hank, in treadle for the decorative stitching. So, this quilt was pieced on my 201, free motioned quilted using my 15-90, binding was attached with the Davis NVF, and decorative stitching on binding and around some seams were from my 328K.

The back of the quilt.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hank in Treadle

Took some time, but I was able to get Hank into his new location, and I put him to work. Yes, I can treadle with him!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Meet Hank!

Well I did something I said I would never ever do. I purchased a machine off ebay. My latest is a Singer 328K, that I want to use in treadle. I like to finish off my bindings with a decorative stitch. I have been using my daughter's Threadbanger T-30 which can handle this type of work -so far, but I have been worried about the machine being able to continue to handle this load since the machine has plastic parts. So, I have been on a hunt for a machine to use in treadle that has cams for decorative stitching. I do hope that this machine will work out well for what I wish to use it for.
Last night I cleaned it up and played with all the flat cams and decorative stitches by use of the motor. It worked well after I cleaned up the bobbin area. It had lots of old lint that was well hidden. I also had to vacuum out all the little white foam balls from the packing sheets that were used. Machine arrive undamaged, but the machine's bottom wasn't covered so all the little white foam balls from the packing sheets had traveled up into the inside of the machine.
I think Hank will be a fun machine to use once I get him in a treadle. To me he looks like a battleship. My husband likes the color, but I don't. Way too ugly a color for my liking. So, I decided it was a boy machine and named it Hank.