Free machining on the 380 is now sorted:

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I went on the familiarisation day at Bernina, and although most of the day was really revising what I already knew, the 30 minutes or so that weren’t were so useful, I am very glad I went.Harry Cornell 80th002Aquarium (finished)001
I made the card this afternoon, using the new information about the free machining. The Aquarium still has to be mounted, but is for the Branch exhibition in October, and uses some of the patterns.

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Having solved the Natesh problem

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by buying titanium-coated topstitch needles, I am now faced with another. The 380 doesn’t seem to like stitching anything that isn’t ‘plain sewing’. I made a skirt, and it behaved perfectly, but it does not seem keen on some of the patterns even if the top and bottom threads are off the same reel. It’s as though the top tension is permanently too tight, even when slacked off twice: the bobbin thread is visible, sometimes to the extent of reducing the top thread to invisibility, or to a narrow strip down the centre of a pattern using buttonhole stitch. Fortunately, I am going on the Bernina day course on Wednesday, so I shall take the examples with me (see Chapter 2 plus some from Chapter 4 – not yet on the blog), and ask for some advice. A return to the shop may be necessary. What a bore.

Chapter 2

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These are some of the fabrics I found which are suitable for transfer dyeing, and some natural fibres, which were to hand. I do have rather a lot (probably not a surprise), but these were in the top boxes.
I have stitched the same little design (I drew round an Indian print block), the outline with the straight stitch foot on, and the rest with the free machine/darning foot. The tension was obviously not right, but I didn’t alter it. As this is a new machine, I thought I would wait until I had done the familiarisation course before I did any radical ‘playing’ with it.

Chapter 2 Fabrics 1            Chapter 2 Fabrics 2

 

Chapter 2 Stitching on fabrics 001                Chapter 2 Stitching on fabrics 002

Chapter 1 Part 2 Transfer Dyeing

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This section has photographs of me painting the paper, (I will ask Sandra H to verify it is me)Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2 Digimax A50 / KENOX Q2TD on Polycotton stitching001

Polycotton with either paper or fabric folded (can't remember which)

Polycotton with either paper or fabric folded (can’t remember which)

Test 2

Test 2

Satin paper crumpled before ironing,

Satin paper crumpled before ironing,

Chiffon

Chiffon

Felt (same sheet as Polycotton)

Felt (same sheet as Polycotton)

Net curtain

Net curtain

Sheet with printing (could be useful)

Sheet with printing (could be useful)

Polycotton

Polycotton

Polycotton lace mask

Polycotton lace mask

Polycotton under net

Polycotton under net

Stretch velvet

Stretch velvet

Notes from Sandra Meech Course

Notes from Sandra Meech Course

Test 1

Test 1

and the trial on poly-cotton/polyester stitching.  I was surprised, for some reason I didn’t expect the dye to ‘take’.  The other scans are various examples of fabrics from earlier workshops, most of them either with Sandra Meech or Sandra Hurll.

 

Natesh threads, your days are numbered.

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After this afternoon’s little display, I am considering gradual replacement with Madeira or others.
My Bernina 1015 was perfectly happy with them, although my elder daughter and the Workshop tutor (I have been attending this workshop for over 20 years on and off) have both had trouble with them. So did I today until, in a strop, I changed the needle for a Titanium one from an introductory pack. Working on the principle that a couple of packets of needles are cheaper than replacing 20 or so reels of thread, I went on line and ordered them straight away while I was still mad.

C&G Module 1, Chapter 1

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What I see through the window

What I see through the window

Purple

Purple

Red

Red

Yellow

Yellow

Green

Green

Blue

Blue

Collecting Colour

Collecting Colour

Embroidered Caskets (Mary Gamester) & Indian Dyes

Embroidered Caskets (Mary Gamester) & Indian Dyes

Shoes from Marrakech & Primary Colourplay (Helen Deighan)

Shoes from Marrakech &
Primary Colourplay (Helen Deighan)

Darcey Bussell (Alan Jones) & Down at the Harbour (Lynne Walters)

Darcey Bussell (Alan Jones) & Down at the Harbour (Lynne Walters)

Akha Hilltribe & coloured pens

Akha Hilltribe & coloured pens

Books & Hergest Croft Garden

Books & Hergest Croft Garden

I hope this works, it ended up in the wrong blog a couple of minutes ago.