My sister is an inventor!!
It’s not a pattened invention but it’s a good one regardless!! When I was delivering generators to her house when the terrible storm went through she had to pull me into her dark basement with no lights to show me!! It was so fun. We’re a family like that…we all are creative and we all show off our “inventions” when we’re together. Seriously when we get together there is ALWAYS a show and tell…even when a historic storm hits your home. HA!!
Anyway…I did my best to take some pictures in the dark. This is Judy. She machine quilts on her domestic machine. When she machine quilting she completely clears off the table she is standing at and has only one domestic machine there…the one closest to her.
She had made the complaint that so many who quilt on domestic machines make..the quilt is so heavy to move and her arms start to hurt. That’s when she tried to think of a way to take off some of the weight…but the quilt still needed to move freely. That’s when she talked to her husband and together they came up with this idea.
See the pipe above Judy’s head? There is a cord running through it and the cord is on a pulley. You can see in the picture below that the pipe can be lowered. If you look at the pipe in the picture above, it has the round cafe curtain hooks with the clips on it.
Here it is in action….
The pipe and pulley system is lifting the weight of the quilt. The clips are allowing the quilt to freely move as she sits at the machine and manipulates it to do the machine quilting.
After pinning the quilt together, clipped one side of the quilt and lifted it at a lower height. Then she started working at the center of the quilt-then moved to one side. She lifted it higher as she moved closer to the edge.
After she finished one side she lowered the pulley, unhooked the quilt, turned it, clipped it and started in on the other side.
I think the idea is genius!!
George, Judy’s husband, came downstairs as we were talking about it. I told George if I post this on the blog, he better be ready to make some as I was almost certain some of you might be interested. George laughed and said, “Well I have time now being I’m retired.”
In all seriousness, if I didn’t have a longarm, I’d want this. I remember pre-longarm days. My upper arms hurt so bad after doing a whole quilt. Judy said this worked great!! I got so I only made lap quilts so it wouldn’t be so taxing on my arms to machine quilt them.
So that was a peek of Judy’s invention from her basement in the dark just after the terrible storm. I was very impressed!!
Let me know if you want more info on how George put this together or if you want him to make one for you….like I said, “It’s genius!”