IN WHICH WE AGAIN BATTLE THE MATERIAL WORLD!
I have begun quilting Chuck Susan and Me. I choose 100wt Superior Monopoly as my top thread and 60wt Bottom Line for the bobbin. Nothing but trouble.
This is probably obvious to everyone else but I just had an epiphany realizing that there are two types of spooling on threads: 1. cone type where the cone remains stationary thread unwinding from the top of the cone, and 2. the type of spool which revolves to unwind the thread. This type is called a spool.
My juki, named Suki, is only set up to use cones. I tried the the spool of monopoly and the thread flew all around and under, wrapping most efficiently and breaking needles. Not to be bested by this limitation, I bought an adapter:
which does not seem to be well made as the plastic screws stripped almost at once though I was gentle with it as advised by the Amazon purchaser comments. I cannot recommend it because of this defect. The plastic of the screw and the piece it screws into is too soft. This adapter was returned to Amazon as defective.
Since it is always fun to invent things, I set my mind to making a horizontal spool holder which would allow the spool to unroll freely. Here is a photo of Suki showing the two cone holders which was what I had to work with.
I bought two 4" sections of 1/2 inch plastic pipe. I drilled holes thru the pipe near the top to hold the wooden dowel
selected for a spool holder. This dowel stays in place by the use of 2 small cotter pins. I placed this over the 2 cone holders and viola! the thread unrolls smoothly, evenly and without tangling. And the adapter is very stable.
The battle to master control over my quilting thread pretty much consumed my whole week though I did buy the necessary white and black fabric for Sweet Surrender border which I will work on this week.
Are you ever confused about who at the bird feeder is a purple finch and who is a house finch? They look very much alike except that a purple finch is smaller, generally prettier, and looks dipped in raspberry juice.
You can see the orangish-red of the house finch clearly in this photo.
And here is Kitten overseeing the thread problems as we work to resolve these. You can see she takes inspection duties seriously.
Your Moment of Zen
Take a quick look at this photo and decide what you think the photo is portraying.
I thought chess pieces, whirling tops, something in pretty packaging, maybe some elegant distinctive dessert. My husband thought maybe these were Christmas ornaments. These are actually whirling dancers in Carnival in Rio! Isn't it nice to look at something when you cannot determine at first glance what it is and your imagination is in free association?
SO LONG AND HAPPY QUILTING UNTIL
WE MEET AGAIN!
I am linking up with:
Slow Stitching Sunday, Bambi's Blog,
Patchwork Times, Em's Scrapbag,
Esther's Wow, Let's Bee Social,
Whoop Whoop, and Off the Wall Friday.