Saturday, February 27, 2021

Getting Ready for Quilting :)

clean and ready to try to straighten the leaders

It has been quite some time since I have actually used my long arm and it has been an even longer time since it has received any tender loving care. There really is no excuse because my long arm is within easy access in the basement. I hadn't been near it in such a long time that it was dusty, cobwebby, very lonely and in dire need of a really good cleaning!

I spent some time giving my long arm some love and attention and I thoroughly cleaned the machine, oiled it and then cleaned the rails. I had been watching some Jamie Wallen YouTube videos and he showed a product that he uses on his long arm rails to keep his machine moving smoothly so I thought I would try it. I don't know if it will work but I could definitely use all the help I can get with my quilting. If it does help my machine move around the rails with smoother movements I want it! I would have liked to order it from his site but I am always leery of the import fees and other charges from the US so I ended up ordering some from Amazon Canada - no extra charge surprises.

I do have quite a few quilt tops finished so I just need to choose one and get the backing prepared and loaded but first....I am going to try to straighten my leaders. 😓


The Joyful Quilter said...

Welcome back to your longarm!! Hoping all goes well with the waxing and leader straightening. I'd like to hear more about the latter. My APQS Millennium could probably benefit from the same!

Cathy said...

I used to use that wax on my rails.It made huge difference on how easily the machine moved.

Deb A said...

Good luck with the quilting. I'm sure it will all come back to you just like riding a bike.

Chantal said...

I can see your pain in the last phrase. Good luck with that. ;^)

scraphappy said...

Enjoy getting back into quilting on your longarm. I am sure you will kick off that rustiness before you know it! Looking forward to seeing some finished tops soon.

Cheryl said...

Hi Ellen

I hope it free flows for you. Glad to see your back at using your machine.

Love sis