The best laid plans. . .

Yesterday seemed like a great day to stitch away– and I was having a great time and getting a lot done until almost noon. Ted and I were babysitting for one of the new little grandsons. The baby got a little fussy, so grandma grandly takes over – and that is when all stitching ceased. He is so adorable, and I could rock him all day long. Not long after that, his Mom picked up the little girls from school. They came over to play and somehow the rest of the day got away from us.

But I did work on a little digitizing the past couple of days. I have been working on the GO! Home by Stacy Michell. I still have a ways to go with arranging the elements on the block, but I think it’s getting there.

While I was distracted with the grandchildren, I left my embroidery machine to stitch away by itself. It somehow got stuck in one spot – there was a knot in the bobbin thread – and the machine had stopped itself when I got back. But when I walked into the room, the screen on the machine was blank – I almost had a heart attack – what would I do if something happened to my machine?!?!?!? 

7 Replies to “The best laid plans. . .”

  1. I totally understand. I can rock and hold a sleeping baby all day. There is just an amazing peace that pervades when you are doing that.
    As for the machine stopping and then going blank, I feel your pain. Mine kept breaking thread frequently. I did all the re-threading and even tried something else with other thread to no avail. I was so dis-heartened. Then, while at work and away from it, I had an epiphany. So when I got home last night, I changed the needle. (duh!) What a difference! Of course, I re-tried one of the threads that was breaking and discovered that it does break even with a new needle. LOL….so that thread will be used elsewhere.

  2. Yes, I can’t wait for you to have grandchildren. Remember how sweet those babies are at three months when they smile in their sleep while you’re holding them. The house needs a little more work. The sun should be in the middle – I think – and most of Stacy’s blocks show three trees. Not sure I’m up to that. But I did make a big tree and a small tree. The key is to keep it to a size that fits a 5×7 embroidery hoop.

  3. You really put your finger on it – that’s what makes rocking a baby feel so good – is that peacefulness. Barb’s had some stitching issues too – I told her to go away and come again another day – that and a new needle usually works.

  4. Love the block!!! As far as that embroidery machine, I know that pit in the bottom of the stomach you get when it breaks…. could be you had a power blip too. That could cause the blank screen and for it to go haywire. I keep my embroidery machine plugged into a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) but… the batteries in those things don’t last long. Last time I needed it the battery was dead. Can’t wait to see your finished blocks too!

  5. I think it is good to use a Sharps needle or an embroidery needle. Other than that, not sure. However, machines are known to like some threads more than others. Mine seems to work well with both 100% poly and Aurifil.

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