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Block of the Month 2018 / Re: March's BOM
« on: March 03, 2018, 13:43:35 PM »

I have very little darkside-friendly stash at present but I wanted to have a go at this...
... so I caved in and bought a very small and somewhat random selection of charm squares from an ebay seller, which arrived today! Hurrah!!
I shall post a pic as and when. I'm hoping to have a few hours spare one night this week for this. Thanks for putting together the tut Imi  :)

Events / Re: Quiltfest Llangollen
« on: February 26, 2018, 21:17:17 PM »
I'll pop a few photos up on this thread when I have uploaded them to imgur, probably over the coming weekend. Watch this space!  :)

Current Projects / Re: Next Bargello top finished
« on: February 26, 2018, 21:14:18 PM »
The colour palette is utterly beautiful, and it looks really lovely  :loveit:

Bidding is up to £142 now, with 2 days to go.

Lucky them! I hope that it was somebody from here  0_0

The bottom right hand panel was too small and has been extended?

I wonder if it was one of those AAAARGH!!! moments, and I wonder if it occurred on the night before the completion deadline... Bless 'em! It's still wonderful  :loveit:

Events / Re: Quiltfest Llangollen
« on: February 22, 2018, 00:11:10 AM »
I took photos of the quilts on display - I asked the co-ordinator first if it was OK for me to do this, and she said yes as long as they are for my own use.
I'd really like to post a few here though. I'm not sure my pics are clear enough to read the labels next to them which state the name of each quilt's creator, and I feel awkward about that tbh. And I haven't posted any to date on account of what the co-ordinator said.
What do peeps think??

@Brenda you forgot the link   :)

I love how there are fish-shaped outlines of hand quilting; they make me think of little ghost fish  :fish: :fish: :fish:

Sewing Machines / Re: (Possibly) looking for an industrial table...
« on: February 21, 2018, 23:12:57 PM »
Pitman rod:

Pedal assembly:

You're right, there's no gubbins inside the pedal, it's just a hinged thing that pulls on the pitman rod. There's a second hand one on ebay that is just a square piece of wood with hinges and a chain:

I must admit when I worked sewing on industrial machines all day every day I had no interest in how they worked, these days though I'd probably get the sack for trying to take them apart to inspect the innards, lol.

Sewing Machines / Re: (Possibly) looking for an industrial table...
« on: February 21, 2018, 22:54:50 PM »
Glad I was inspiring... you could look for a 95k they’re pretty unpopular so you could get a fridge cabinet pedal and motor and shuck the 95...

I hadn’t heard of a krishna... now I must do some research...

I feel there must be a way to handle the pedal... the 95ks is on a chain could you convert the movement to a knee lift?

I'm not sure this is a 95K as I'm not so good ID'ing vintage Singers and it's not on a fridge cabinet... but I spotted it on my ebay wanderings earlier and besides having had all that done to it, for some reason it has been dragged into a field for the photos!... (- insert facepalm emoji here...).

Sewing Machines / Re: (Possibly) looking for an industrial table...
« on: February 21, 2018, 22:41:23 PM »
I'm thinking aloud again...I've been using the 840 a lot of late and I absolutely love it. I especially like the way you can use a knee lever to lift the presser foot, and not only does that mean you have your hands free to manouvre your sewing but when the lever is pushed hard to the right the presser foot lifts up an extra few mm (higher than the lifting bar at the back raises it) which is really useful for thicker stuff.

What I do not like about it is having to tip it backwards to get my hand beneath it so as to swap out the bobbin case; although it has a sliding plate which you can move out of the way so you can see the bobbin and de-fluff etc, in reality you can't get the bobbin out that way. Swapping the bobbin is a real mega faff  :S

And when the machine head is tipped back it has a tendency to rock all the way backwards and tip up its wooden base too. I have to keep some rolled up fleece to hand to balance it on when I tip the machine head backwards. Which works well until you realise there is a cat asleep on said fleece, generating that aura of 'but I've always been here you can't move me' that cats do so well  :meow:

DC motor man sells workstations in his ebay shop, which consist of a large rectangle of ply on short stubby legs, the ply having been cut and routed so a specific flatbed can sit tidily in it. This morning I was wondering about possibly making myself one with my chunk of worktop, then I thought how I'd be having a large table-like space sitting on top of a table top, so why not go the whole hog and make a table/bench with a cut out to fit the 840??

Then you suggest making a bench along similar lines... but with a clutch motor plumbed in to boot!!  0_0

I've had a quck squiz on ebay and the pitman rods can be had for about a tenner, with new foot pedal plates around £25. I'm not fully convinced yet that it's do-able, but I'm having a jolly nice time thinking about it, you know, doing that making it in my mind thing  8)

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