Week 5 – March 18 – 24, 2012 – Finish That Quilt

I took an all day class on how to do maintenance on my Gammill Classic quilting machine and it was amazing!  If you don’t have a long arm quilting machine think of it like this… I learned how to tune up my car myself instead of shipping it to the next state to have someone else tune it up my car and change the oil for me.


Kevin and I loaded up the machine then I drove 4 hours over to Zanesville, OH, to A Touch of Thread quilt shop for the class.  I learned how to do all the maintenance myself, such as, cleaning and rebuilding the disk and rotary tensions (three top tensions and one bobbin tension), the bobbin winder, needle bar, presser foot, hook assembly, adjusting the belt, and so much more.  But the best part of the class was removing the fear of trying to adjust something myself.  Now, I won’t hesitate to pick up a screwdriver and take it apart.  You just can’t buy confidence.


So, to check out the machine and make sure it works like it’s supposed to (once I got back to Indy and got the it back into the frame), I pulled this quilt top off the shelf and quilted it.   It’s a fairly small quilt, only about 40” square, but it was a good test.  (I’m still working on sewing the binding to the back of the quilt.)  Works great for an 18 year old machine!

I have several quilt tops in Wandaland that need to be quilted.  So, in future weeks, you may see more ‘Finish That Quilt’ projects.

Note – Between the time I took the picture and actually made this post, I’ve finished the quilt binding.  I’ll run it through the washer and dryer then it’ll be nice and soft and ready to use.




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