Did you know that there are warning labels on sewing machine parts — like specifically, your walking foot?
I didn’t. Now I am sad. Really sad. Like $150.00 worth of sad.
I have been working like a crazy person on Christmas gifts for my family, interspersed with working on sample quilts for upcoming events. Of course, I was inspired by a family member who saw an old flannel rag quilt that I made several years ago, so I’m working like a whirling dervish on something like that… I can’t really say or post pictures yet…
Anyway, as I was feverishly sewing tonight, I noticed that the top flannel piece was no longer easing itself with the rest of the layers and there was puckering going on. The realization always dawns on me slowly in a sick way – so I: changed the needle, cleaned and oiled the machine, rethreaded the top thread and bobbin and went through my little check list of things to do when my machine isn’t sewing right. I tried sewing another set of squares — and no dice. Something was definitely wrong.
I called my local Bernina dealer to see when they could take in my machine in — and more specifically “how soon could I have it back?”. After explaining what I was doing when it stopped working right, it was determined that I had a broken walking foot — no repair necessary — just buy a new one… $150.
Ugh! Not just before Christmas! This goes along with WebGuy’s car repairs and Robin losing his brand new Birthday iPod last night. Trouble comes in threes — and I guess I’m glad that it’s not worse.
So, WebGuy, wonderful handyGuy that he is, wants to see the walking foot to see if he can fix it. He is pretty handy, too. He fixed my foot pedal when Ryan was four and used it as the accelerator on an imaginary race car and broke the carbon contacts that power the pedal. Repair cost for that in 1986 was $150 (hmmm, there’s a thread here). HandyGuy hunted the two little carbon pins down at a local parts shop for 75 cents a piece and fixed the pedal – so I have a high degree of confidence in my DH’s abilities.
After spending about an hour on the walking foot, HandyGuy realized this was one problem he can’t fix. So my Bernina walking foot now looks like this:
My advice — heed the warning on your sewing machine parts. The fine print reads:
CAUTION Always sew slower when using a walking foot. A maximum of 70% speed is recommended.
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