There was a lot of stitching today. When I stitched with only one layer of stabilizer, the thread shredded and broke over and over again. It took hours to complete the first test! Lesson learned: use 2 layers of stabilzer.
I did not notice that the hoop had gotten out of alignment. The stitching was going along smoothly. I had switched to a nice strong polyester thread and had 2 layers of stabilizer. All of a sudden, there was a an awful noise...the needle hit the hoop and broke. The hoop was out of alignment and remained so until I restarted everything. It is a computer, afterall. When in doubt, restart it. So lesson learned: always check that the hoop is in alignment before you stitch.
The curved text stitched out more smoothly in polyester on 2 layers of stabilizer. However, it became clear that the curving of the text line degraded the quality of the letters. Lesson learned: letters can degrade when their alignment is shifted
This one was stitched in rayon. The advantage to rayon is that I can overdye it if I wish. However, I experienced what I can only call an explosion on this one. The bobbin was getting low. Suddenly the upper thread wrapped loop after loop around the bobbin stem and brought the machine to a screeching halt and popped the fabric out of the hoop! So, from this experiment I learned that I need to mark the vertical and horizontal axis on each piece with fabric marker so I can re-hoop with some expectation of success. Lesson learned: mark your centers!
WEARING MY AGE
I have received a grant from the Jerome Foundation to work on a project that I have called "Wearing My Age."