Sunday, 10 April 2011

The big switch on!

It was time for the big switch on times two!

I had some extra lights and overhead sockets fitted in my studio this week .... the frame from my longarm blocks one of my windows...they are only small windows anyway and don't get the sun till late afternoon so it can be a little dark in there.....

Not now though.....

I didn't want fluorescent strips as the ceiling is low and fluorescents strips can be too stark for me but these low voltage lights are just right!

I still need to sort out some rigging for the overhead power the moment I  have the cable running under my frame and up to the socket above the fabric's already out of my feet....that's great as I can trip over my own shadow!

My good friend Kathy at Tamarack Shack sent me photos of her overhead setup and as long as my ceiling is high enough that should be great...just need to collect up some!

Eventually the Postie delivered Linzi's fuses.....Thank You Linzi! 
As it was obvious that there was something else other than paper in the had to go through the guage that the sorting office uses....and there was an extra 10p delivery charge....well that was OK except that it held up delivery by 5 days and attracted a £1 handling charge....honestly!  That's more than the cost of the fuses and they arrived the same day as the fuses that I ordered online just 24 hours earlier!

Next time I need fuses there will be no problem......
As for the second big switch on....well take a look...

It was a bit nerve racking but the stitches looked very good on my trial sample.....I went on to quilt around 12 blocks over the weekend so I think I can now say 'I have timed my longarm'!


  1. Kay, your new lighting system looks great, and so glad to hear the second big turn on also had a happy ending.

  2. Congratulations Kay! Good to hear that you are up and running again. And survived this little trial...

  3. Glad to hear your machine is up and running again.

  4. All's well that ends well. The practice piece is so much fun!

  5. All looks really wonderful to me - and so workable - lovely lighting now. I also like the look of your quilt on the table too :)

  6. So glad you are stitching again. I'd have jumped right out of my skin when that needle broke. I'm already so gun shy because of sewing my fingers. A needle breaking would have put me over the edge. The lights are great. I just changed all my bulbs to natural light florescent and love it. It is like the sun is shining. I put them in the kitchen, too, but hate them there. It makes the kitchen look creepy.

  7. So good to see you stitching again. Love the new lights. I have florescent lights and they can be pretty harsh at times so I have to turn them off to see my quilting.
    Can hardly wait to see what you come up with for overhead cords.


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