Monday, December 8, 2014
Grand Illusion, Part 2
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?
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Piecefully yours, Sylvia