I ended up needing to piece some extra length onto a quilt batting --- the roll I have is 90” wide, and I needed a bit more than that – so I switched out Barbie to give Marilyn a run ----she is my 1950s Morse Zig-Zag machine!
She doesn’t get to come out and play too often….these early Zig-Zag machines would only Zig to the RIGHT…which means her home needle position for straight stitching is actually far left. There is no way to get a straight stitch centered on her ---so she may be extremely beautiful and retro-trendy on the outside, but if I’m trying to piece with a 1/4” seam using her straight stitch my pieces are running on one feed-dog only, and that just doesn’t make for happy piecing.
However – She can’t be beat for her beautiful Zig Zag, even IF her needle only swings to the right!
I overlapped the edges of the batting about 1/8” – set her stitch length at the longest possible setting, and her zig-zag as wide as it would go, and away we went, sewing those batting lengths together. Job well done, Marilyn!
I love her strawberry pink paint job, I really do ---- I wish I could find a “straight stitch only” machine in THIS color. It’s scrumptious! It’s just that all the way left needle position issue that keeps me from sewing on her more. Still, it was good to get her out and put her to work for a bit. All machines need to be run regularly to keep things working smoothly.
And that wasn’t the only strawberry colored thing to come into my life! Look what showed up on my doorstep last night:
Chocolate dipped strawberries and cheesecakes?!
It was sweet decadence to enjoy these after QuiltCam, and before Midnight ---I have my physical this morning and they are doing bloodwork so I have to be fasting past midnight. This was my “just before midnight” snack – and the remainder will be waiting for me ((As long as the others keep their mitts off them!)) when I get home tonight!
They were packed with ice packs so they were ice cold and juicy, perfection!
Dear “Fan of Quiltville” You blew me away ----
Thank you again!