Monday, December 8, 2014
For this clue, I'm using my Willcox and Gibbs handcrank. The machine dates to 1898 (a friend looked it up for me). I used it for my Civil War tribute quilt (see that post here Civil War Potholder Quilt), and I just love how nicely it sews.
The Willcox and Gibbs is a chainstitch machine, which means it has no bobbin. The stitch is made with the needle thread only.
Here's what the seam looks like from the top:
But turn the patch over, and you can see why it's called a chainstitch.
This kind of machine was used in homes for over 100 years for all kinds of sewing, and was used in factories as recently as a few years ago for sewing clothing. These are the kinds of machines that were used to sew the feed sacks back in the day. Now modern chainstitch machines are mostly used to close heavy paper bags, such as those full of dog food and cat litter (and farm animal feed).
It is somewhat controversial to use a chainstitch machine for patchwork, since it is possible to rip out the seams much more easily than seams made with a lockstitch machine. As an experiment, I sewed my Civil War quilt with this little hand crank, and it worked very well. I quilted each block as I went along, and then washed the quilt after I had it together. So far, no problems at all. In fact, I'm not as worried about using a chainstitch machine for making quilts as I would be about making clothes. The seams of a quilt are hidden inside, and will not be as stressed by use or washing. I think. That's my theory, anyway.
Only 20 blocks left to finish, and this clue will be done. Now I need to decide which machine to use next.
Did I mention how much fun this is?
Here's the link to get back to the Monday Mystery Link Up Page for Part 2:
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Piecefully yours, Sylvia
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
I have two goals with this year's mystery (besides actually finishing it):
1. Use only fabric I have on hand, with an emphasis on scraps.
2. Use a different people-powered (treadle or hand crank) sewing machine for each clue.
So far, this has been fun! Bonnie's directions are always so clear, and I love her scrappy style.
Wonder which machine I get to play with next?
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Grand Illusion Part 1 Link Up
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
You might have seen this room before. I wrote about it when I was working on straightening it up.
Speaking of Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts, the new one started last Friday. I have my homework done, and I'll be creating an extra post each week to share my progress. This event is always so much fun. If you'd like to join in, it's not too late! The new one is called Grand Illusion. Click on the link below to find out all about it.
Grand Illusion Mystery Quilt
I'm planning to make each step of the quilt with a different vintage machine. Think I've got enough? (grin)
Last but not least, I finished my string quilt top!
And that's my wish for you this week, to be nice and warm and quilted.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Here's the first picture again, showing my "design floor". I am so happy to have this space. An hour or two spent here makes me purr all day.
Next time I'll show you where I keep my stash.
Just a question--does anybody else do this?
More scraps, more variety, more quilts!
I wish you the joy of sewing this week.