Yep, you guessed it, the machine is fixed, the string quilt is done, and I'm one happy camper (I love that fabric by the way, LOL!)
And just for fun, would you look at my cat??? He carries his rubber duck around like a dog with a ball. I caught him yesterday laying here (in the sink???) eyeing the duck. He cracks me up!!
So yeah. The shop owner was right. It was the thread I was using!! It was coats and clark trilobal poly embroidery thread (sorry coats, but you won't be gracing my machine again!, at least not the trilobal poly). It was pulling super hard through the upper tension discs for some reason, causing my needle to bend and hit the stitch plate and eventually the needle would break, then my machine would get out of time when the needle hit repeatedly. It was amazing the difference between the way Isacord pulls through the discs compared to the coats and clark. Anyway, she found some Isacord in her shop that matched the coats perfectly, and then GAVE it to me after she had spent 2 1/2 hours looking at and tweeking my machine at no charge. BUT THEN, she pulled a fast one on me. She set the Bernina 830 up with the bsr foot and had me sit down for a spell. Ahhhh, heaven!! I texted L-man right then and there and told him my 730 was fixed. There was just one problem. That I NEED an 830. He texted me back (IMMEDIATELY), this: "LOL"!! I think that meant I was supposed to walk AWAAAAAY from the 830. Which I did. But man does that machine rock!!
Here's a sneeky peek of the string quilt, washed and crinkly. I'm going to do a special post about it later though, there's so much to tell about this quilt!
Now, for those of you who stuck around and read all that, here's a bonus. I'm having a "horay! my machine is fixed" giveaway!
just leave a comment telling me which you'd prefer:
the die cut pile:
which includes some die cuts of fabric flowers and the eiffel tower, and die cuts of some handmade paper I made a few years back besides the shown adapters and cutting pads for the sidekick and original sizzix machine
the fabric pile
which includes a fq of wee play, monkey'n around, and a few small swatches of heather ross pink dream bikes, lobsters and coke travelers
Please remember to tell me which you'd prefer in your comment and I'll leave the comments open till Wednesday evening, good luck!
p.s. International entries are welcomed!