Several months ago I acquired a Singer Touchtronic 2000 sewing machine (VINTAGE – 1977) ; spent $100 to get it cleaned and in working order. I played with it a bit to see how it stitched; and it sewed very nicely. I used it to make a sundress for one of my granddaughters. It stitched beautifully! I only had one bobbin; so got a package of 20 “vintage” bobbins on Ebay. They arrived yesterday and I sat down to “fill some bobbins”. I wanted to have 5 or 6 full bobbins before I start to machine quilt my “wedding quilt”. ( I had decided to use this machine, because it is very heavy duty and has a bigger throat than my modern sewing machine).
This machine has a “self winding” bobbin; theoretically you flip a switch in the bobbin case and lower the pressure foot, and the bobbin winds from the thread spool, through the needle; without you having to take the bobbin out. WELL….theoretically; I am not a fan! My dear hubby spent two hours last night fiddling and fussing with the bobbin case; and somehow managed to get 4 or 5 bobbins wound. I had fiddled with it and was absolutely unable to wind any bobbins. (Note, the first day I used it, I did wind the bobbin after a few tries!) We spent lots of time on-line researching all the tech info on this machine, and DH thinks it needs a new bobbin case. I figure he has the skill to make it work, but I have no patience with the fiddling. My limit is $50 more on parts, and if that doesn’t fix it….it may go the way of the RECYCLER…at least I could recoup $3-4 in the weight of the metal! I tried to do a little stitching with it today, and now the bottom tension is all goofed up. I guess he will have to fix it too when he changes out the bobbin case!
Now; it is time to make room on the sewing table and get busy quilting. I want to finish the little sundress for my granddaughter first. I think I will have to use the modern machine finish the dress and do the quilting.
I have my quilt top all pin basted and ready to quilt. I ordered Warm & White Cotton Batting and a beautiful flannel from Fabric.com. As soon as it arrived, the flannel went into a warm wash & dry! It washed up beautifully!! I got the 110″ wide flannel so I would not have to do ANY piecing!
I think the flowers are very subtle! I love it! I picked blue because the pieced top has so much green; and they asked for a green and blue quilt.
It will take me quite a while to do the quilting, but I have a plan to work some everyday, until I get it finished. Time to break out the gloves, the walking foot and some clips to keep it all under control! I am a lousy free motion quilter, so will be doing straightline quilting, stitch in the ditch, outlining etc. (Some day I will learn to FMQ, but not this week!)
My quilty friends at church; Mary Lu and Karolyn were kind enough to help me get the quilt layered up and pinned basted. We used 4 banquet tables to get it spread out and layered! So glad they were both available to help me.
Note….buy MORE big curved safety pins….those little ones wear out the fingertips!