We braved the cold for our quilt club evening on Wednesday – but it could have been worse, at least it wasn’t raining. Our speaker for the evening was Glynn Singleton, the Managing Director of Bernina NZ. He related the history of the family owned Bernina brand, and asked how many in the hall own a Bernina sewing machine. Many of us, as it turned out. Glynn touched on several of the problems with home sewers which can occur from time to time. Tension is a biggy – different threads and different fabrics can mean that the tension needs to be altered. Don’t be afraid to turn the dial, he said, it wouldn’t be there if we weren’t meant to tinker with it. (I've always been a bit hesitant to touch the dial.) Needles – change them regularly and only buy reputable brands. And keep the needle race free of lint, and lightly oil. These small things will keep your sewing machine running sweeter for longer. And don’t forget the regular maintenance, especially for patch workers who use their machines so much more than the average home sewer. I take mine along for an annual session with sewing machine guru Barrie – who works his magic with all brands, but he particularly likes the Bernina brand, he told me.
Glynn, from Bernina NZ
Show and Tell is always interesting. Griet showed us her Chicken quilt, made with many fabrics she found in the Op Shop. This is such a bright and cheery fun quilt.
Griet’s Chicken quilt
Didn’t catch the names of the next sewers, but the teddy panel is destined to make a sick child very happy at Ronald McDonald House, and the square in a square quilt is going to the maker’s grand-daughter. And I’m sure a horse lover will appreciate the attic window quilt.
Three more at Show and Tell
Our club recently had tutor Anna Williams take a class on her very popular Celtic Circles. Anna has now retired from tutoring so the club is very pleased that we had secured her expertise for several recent classes.
Club members with their Celtic Circles
It was a very chilly night, so as soon as I had sipped a nice hot cuppa, I slipped away a little early. There’s nothing like your own home on a cold winter’s night, is there.