I've had two things in the works this week. First up, the Stack & Whack blocks I showed progress on last week, for my friend's daughter's quilt, are now finished. All 48 of them! Really, they came together so fast I was surprised. I haven't laid them out to start deciding rows, and all of the blocks will need trimming, but they are a nice finished stack of blocks now rather than a nice stack of fabric!
Also this week I started on a Have It All Wallet for myself (my first wallet, which went to Lucy in a swap, can be seen here). I used a variety of cute floral fabrics and a nice bright red zipper! It is finished except for adding a snap closure and top-stitching around the edge.
Now, about the top-stitching. On the first wallet I made I didn't top-stitch. It really doesn't need it and I wasn't sure if my machine would be able to handle the layers and produce a nice even stitch. On this one, I gave it a try starting on the bottom edge, and it was a disaster! I had huge skipped stitches almost every other stitch, and this was with a brand new denim needle suitable for thick layers and my walking foot. So I cleaned out my machine and re-threaded the top and bottom and tried again.....same result. Next, I took some scrap fabric and folded it into thick layers - I think it's 12 layers - and sewed through that and it worked like a dream! No skipped stitches, and a nice even line. Huh!!??
Do you think that the wallet having a combo of multi layers of fabric plus light and heavy interfacing could be the problem??? Clearly my machine can sew through many layers of regular cotton fabric. Hmmmm. Any thoughts??
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