I started machine quilting a quilt Monday afternoon and had more than a quarter of it done. When I got back to it yesterday afternoon, things were going great - no problems with thread or anything! I had plenty of time - no rushing. I though I could finish it. I was watching the clock and decided that I would quit at 5 PM for dinner and then re-evaluate. About 4:40, my machine stopped. Yup, for the third time in a little over a month, it died again! The first time was a fuse, the second time was a belt. This time the needle will not go up and down - there is a whirring noise.
Can you see how close I am to finishing? The unfinished area still has the safety pins.
Here's a closer picture. The area is roughly 12" by 12".
Well, the machine is not getting fixed anytime soon because we are ready to leave for a few weeks. Suitcases are packed and set to go.
So sometime in September, I'll take it in to be fixed (?) once more - I really do think the handwriting is on the wall - it is dying! And I think I'll be much closer to buying that new machine when I get home. Quilt Camp is coming up at the end of September so I better have a good working machine in place by then!
Now I just have to be sure I have money left when we get home!