So.... .. ... if you read my post yesterday, you saw I got lots of stuff done on FNSI, and I was pretty proud of myself.
I got up, got all my morning cleaning done and happily sat down at my machine, fully prepped, excited and ready to start. I ironed my runner to get the drawn lines to show bolder - got my Fast Fade pen out and touched up all the spots that had faded overnight, re ironed and turned to my threads. I decided I would do not only lots of feather quilting on this runner, but I wanted it to be bold as well. I picked thread colors green and a red wanting to use them on the opposite color of the piece to make them really stand out.
Here is that runner again:
|The completed top - made at the last Seba Beach quilting retreat.|
|If you click on the picture, you may be able to see my drawn quilting lines better, the pattern of the green fabric makes it really tuff to see, but my drawing is in purple.|
OK, ready set make bobbins! Made just one of each. Ready to thread my machine, I tapped the pedal to get the needle in the correct position - but wait!!! ERrrrrrrCH!! There was a very loud spark noise and billows of thick yellow/grey smoke started to plume out of the top of my baby!! AWWW, the computer screen was still on, but was blank, I shut the power switch off so fast it was like lightening! The smoke stopped, but the whole house smelled of burnt out electrical and melted plastic. I screamed for Mr. Hunter - my reaction being like I just witnessed a horrible accident - and this was horrible. He told me to take it straight to the shop.
Yes of course - take action! So I rushed my baby into the car and drove straight to Johnson's Sewing Centre. The gentleman in the back listened to my story - I did not cry, he plugged it in, flipped the switch and instantly even thicker smoke then when it sparked started to plume out of the machine. Now my eyes started to water - but I still did not cry. He turned it off as quickly as I had earlier and advised me this had to see his specialist on the south side.
My heart sank - of course I knew me machine could not be fixed right away - but now I had to wait until Monday for someone to even look at it! At least I know it is in good hands. I just need to be patient.. ... not really one of my virtues, but I can try.
In the meantime - my pattern I drew on the runner has faded away. Third times the charm though right? As this was the second pattern I have drawn on there. HA. At least now I can work on my hexis and draw out my table runner patterns I have made up in my head!!