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Quilting - I Did it all on a Domestic!

Posted by Kathy on March 26, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Over the weekend I had made a matching reversible apron and potholder set, to send to a silent auction for the Royal Oak Rotary.  I had quite a bit fabric left.  I figured that instead of folding up the left over fabric and putting it away, only to have it take up space in the already over crowded studio/sewing room, I would use that leftover fabric. 

Since aprons and potholders are classified as kitchen related items, I figured I may as well make more kitchen items.  First up is a quilted table runner.  The table runner has quilt blocks in tea pot and tea cups fabric and herbal leaves fabric.  The border consisting of green on green tea leaves fabric.  The backing is an Italian food themed fabric.  After piecing the top and quilting the top to the backing I used the small leftovers to piece together into on large strip for the binding. 

I commonly use Gloria, a Domestic 153 Deluxe sewing machine that was my grandma's from 1950, for piecing the quilt pieces.  After piecing everything together I normally use Hope, a 1978 Kenmore 158.1914 I picked up from the Hope Chest in St. Ignace, MI, for the quilting. 

Hope is a terrific can-do-all machine.  She was considered state of the art during her time and is still coveted by vintage Kenmore collectors.  When I bought her she came with all the original accessories.  Although I had to purchase a walking foot from a seller on eBay.  Fortunately it was the original coveted Kenmore walking foot, not a no name after market part.

For this project I decided I did not want to pull Hope out of her cabinet and have to thread and adjust the settings.  In the apron project I used Gloria for a stitch in the ditch to attach the quilt side to the the solid side, using the basic straight stitch foot.  The apron itself does not have any quilting, just a quilted look on the fabric.  Yet I still needed to keep everything to stay just as I would need to do on a quilting project.  I was very pleased with the way that turned out.  I also used Gloria for quilting the potholders, and was pleased with the results.  I decided to be brave and attempt actual quilting using Gloria, on a larger project. 

Since Gloria is a vintage rotary style machine, there was never a walking foot made for the machine.  Neither during back in the day, nor aftermarket.  So I had to do this old school.  There is a quilting foot attachment included with the machine.  It is similar to the traditional straight stitch foot but it is more like a modern open toe foot, with the "toes" being shorter. 

 As you can see from the photo above, I used pins as opposed to basting.  Even the the instruction manual states to baste when quilting with the machine, I felt I had more of a tighter control of the top with pinning.  I did need to tighten the presser foot pressure more than when simply piecing the cotton together.  Even though the manual says to loosen the pressure.  But that may be due to the quilting the manual was talking about was when quilting on top of the fabric.  I also needed to raise the feed dogs on the bottom, in order to move the fabric through smoothly. 

In all, I think Gloria did a really good job.  If not better, at least just as good.  I did have to run the machine a bit slower than I would using a walking foot on Hope.  I am not sure if this is due to the technique or I am just not used to quilting with Gloria.  The end result gave the quilt a more old fashioned "puffy" look on the top.  The stitching on the back had more of an old fashioned "softer" look.

As for the binding, I think I got even better results using Gloria than Hope, for attaching the binding.  I switched back to the straight stitch foot for the binding. Even though the straight stitch foot is just a slight pinch less than the standard 1/4 inch for attaching binding, somehow the stitching did end up being 1/4 inch. This may have to do with the bulk of the quilting.

In all, would I use her to work on a larger quilting project?  I am not sure.  I think I may work more on potholders and table runners with her before attempting a full size quilt.  Perhaps a small lap quilt is in the future for Gloria.... 


Categories: Sewing, Vintage Sewing Machines, Quilting

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