Thursday, 27 June 2019

Free Motion Mavericks - Week 235 - Machine Maintenance

Once in a while, in other words not often enough, I remember to clean and oil my machine.  When I took off the needle plate I was slightly horrified.  Every time I change the bobbin I poke a needle sideways under the plate and fish out the fluff, but the stuff further underneath stays there until I get round to taking the needle plate off.

This interesting little mat of rubbish took on the shape of a dolly waving to the camera.

After getting the fluff out I gave the machine a generous oiling, and will now leave it for a couple of days with strategically place kitchen towel to catch the drips.

I own up.  I'm not in a quilting frame of mind this summer.  Too much going on...  So glad that I have the linky so I can see what everyone else is doing!

Here goes for week 235:-

Many thanks to Margarita for linking up last time with her beautiful deer.  If you haven't seen her blog post yet, nip over now and see more.

If you have no free motion quilting to show, feel free to link up and show any project you like.  Here are the usual rules, but feel free to ignore them.  To keep the original emphasis, however, preference will be given to free motion quilting when featuring projects from the previous week.

If you love free motion quilting, whether you are a beginner just taking the plunge, or you have reached the stage where you can do ostrich feathers with your eyes shut and still achieve perfect symmetry, then please link up.

Remember, FMQ is FMQ, whether your machine was made last week, or it is older than your granny.

Here are the very easy and slightly elastic rules:-

1.  Link up with any recent post, ideally from the last week but within the last month, which features a free motion quilting project, whether it is a work in progress or a finish.

2.  Link back to this post in your own post.
3.  Visit as many of the other participants as possible and say hello in the comments box.

4.  The link up will remain open for four days, from midnight to midnight GMT for the long weekend, Friday to Monday.

So far quilters from the USA, England, Wales, Australia, Canada, Germany, Holland, New Zealand, France, Macau, Russia, Ireland and Brazil have taken part.  The first participant from each new country will get a special mention the following week.


  1. I have 2 machines that have been used quite a lot, and I keep putting off cleaning them. Bad girl.

  2. Hi Muv, yes, keeping our machines in order is often a task that we forget. That's why every first of the month (or the day nearest that I actually use my machine), I clean it. In normal times it's enough, but if I'm going lots of FMQ then I usually have to clean it twice in the month.



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