Finnegan – BeginAgain*

… i.e. a setback!

When I finally sat myself down to quilt the twin bed quilt, things went pretty well. Nevermind that I had hopes of getting it done for my niece’s visit April 1. It was smooth sailing.

Then I did something stupid and ended up with a big mess. What to do – rip out all of the quilting I had done, throw it in the trash or figure out how to re-make it. I stewed for a whole day about it. {I am so annoyed with myself that I am not going to confess what I did!} I finally decided to cut the quilt apart and sew parts of it back together – luckily I made it bigger than it needed to be. Now the quilt has log cabins on the top and borders all around. After re-pinning, I was set to go! Whew!

Back to quilting!

In the next unfortunate event, I was quilting away and the needle broke. That’s always a bit scary, but it was a small break and didn’t fly anywhere. I had a nagging feeling though and found the diagnostic screen on my Sweet 16. First was the needle test: rotate the hand wheel and if it made a continuous noise it was bad. The motor test was the same deal and both times the machine failed, making a nasty hum. I ignored the those test results and pressed the needle up and down button. Then she made a loud shrieking noise, which echoed on in my head. If you have a computerized sewing machine, you know that everything is fine tuned and because the needle probably broke on the bobbin, the motor timing was off. (shrieking in my head)

I took a time out and slept badly that night as I thought of driving all the way to my Sweet 16 dealer in Gaffney, SC, a 1.5 hour drive, there and back, there and back.

The next morning, before calling the dealer, I decided to do all the tests again. I remembered that this had happened with a previous machine and after giving it some time, the computer mechanism decided to work properly. And hallelujah, it worked! Crisis averted. No more shrieking in my head or by the machine.

So on this very gloomy day, I am happily quilting. (Cross fingers!)

*Finnegan BeginAgain kept running through my head as I dealt with these problems and I couldn’t place it; and you may not be able to either. After googling it, I was reminded that it is a nursery rhyme that was made into a song! Since I taught Second Grade for many years. it makes sense. It also may be a song that we sang at camp when I was a counselor. I tried to hum that to drown out the silent shriek…

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8 thoughts on “Finnegan – BeginAgain*

  1. Such frustration. Some times you have to walk away, have patience, and return to start fresh again. Glad you figured a way around your dilemma. I’m sure it is still very beautiful. Got d luck here on out.

  2. Wow–a mistake so bad you can’t confess it to us?! I’m SO glad you figured out a way to salvage things–the little peek we’ve gotten is pretty. Your story illustrates one reason I got rid of my computerized machine–I can fix problems on mechanical machines most of the time . . .

    • I agree – the @#$%^ Bernina was a real nightmare! The Sweet 16 is just for quilting; just free motion. The computerization (is that a word?) is the stitching speed. I imagine if you break a needle in the “right” (wrong?) spot on any machine there are timing issues.

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