In my last post about adventures in machine quilting, two of you wonderful people remarked that it appeared I was quilting on a Featherweight. Here is another shot of a quilt from this weekend:
Yes the machine is small, but it is not a Featherweight. It is a Pfaff 130 that belonged to my paternal grandmother, MaryEmma. The great thing about this machine is that it is super durable and can sew through just about anything. I have repaired leather with it.
The presser foot is just a plain presser foot. There is nothing special about it. I am not even sure why it works as well as it does.
Due, probably, to operator weakness, the only quilting I have attempted so far is straight lines, but I am more and more pleased with the results. Fewer puckers. More even stitch length. I still plan to patronize long-arm quilters. Regularly. But for smaller or simple projects this is a cost-effective solution.
The batting used in the quilt also seems to make a difference. Poly batting moves the most, cotton less so and bamboo the least. Bamboo is probably the hardest to baste, though, because it is a little “sticky” and the fabric is hard to smooth out.
But, at least I am able to move towards a few finishes that have been sitting around for too long.
Thank you, Grandma.