We came, we sewed, we conquered

Four of us finally met up to play, conquering free motion quilting together over tea and scones. Cogs were oiled, motors were lubricated, and to my delight my new-to-me 222 that had pretty much frozen up came to life. It was fun to exchange stories and tips.

Busy Needle Quilting‘s shop owner Ms E was present and took orders for pieces we might be missing, which was wonderfully useful. It often makes sense to group orders to Switzerland, for customs and postage, so she offers a great service for finding parts, such as from the Singer Featherweight Shop in the US.

Mr Bingeley’s motor had been running sloooow when he first arrived, and lubricating it hadn’t seemed to help. Everything was covered in gunk. But presumably leaving it alone for a few weeks to soak, then trying it again, must have helped because — lo! — it now works a treat. Even if he is my most noisy machine. I suspect I ought to clean it all more carefully, but for now I celebrated his rebirth by trying out his free-motion foot. I was impressed that, contrary to what I feared, the motor didn’t heat up so much. But then I only did a small piece.

The highly-qualified furry assistants were supervising throughout…

I wonder when we will meet up next, and where?

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