Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Is today over yet?

I had such high hopes for today. I was going to finish quilting my mom's scrap quilt and get all the furniture put back in place after having our carpets cleaned yesterday.

So I started quilting and soon ran out of thread in the bobbin. The bobbin my quilting machine uses aren't the huge bobbins like a Gammill uses. They are about the size of a regular sewing machine bobbin. So you can see how it wouldn't last long at 1500 stitches per minute. So as I putting the new bobbin in, I notice that the bobbin tension seems very loose. You know how the bobbin is supposed to just barely lift off you palm when you hold the end of the thread? Well mine was unraveling freely. So I tighten the little screw, put it in and start sewing again. The stitches don't look quite right so I try adjusting the top tension which just further messes things up. Finally gave - readjusted the bobbin to too loose, reset the top tension and ripped out a couple yards of stitches.

Then on the next row of quilting I discover that the quilt seems to be growing in width. In order to keep the borders in a straight line I have to make three tucks of about a inch each. I called my mom and said I was sending the quilt back to her because I was tired of wrestling with it. She said for me to just do what ever I thought it needed - so it needed three tucks! I don't think they will be too noticeable.

All of this gave me a headache, so I laid down to take a nap and the headache only got worse. I get migraines very rarely, but I thought to my self, oh no here it comes. My husband made me take some aspirin but that didn't seem to help.

After dinner, I was feeling slightly better until I remembered that I had promised my daughter that she could get her ears pierced, TONIGHT! The piercing place only has two people on duty on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Since we are going out of town this weekend, it was now or never. Since I wasn't feeling good I was hoping she would chicken out but she didn't. I was so proud of her. She didn't scream like I expected - just a little sobbing after it was over. She got cute little pink daisies. She is quite proud of her self!

Now it is bedtime. I think I'll take some tylenol PM and hit the sack. I'll wrestle with that silly quilt tomorrow.


Tonya R said...

Hope it wasn't a migraine and you felt better in the morning. Ripping out YARDS of stitches sounds rather unpleasant. Tomorrow will be better.

Finn said...

Hi Sarah, I think you did good..way too much stuff go wrong in one day. Hope the sleep and meds help. Have just had a similar problem with my regular machine..bobbin tension too loose just out of a clear blue sky...go figure ! hang in there !