From Wedding Dresses
to Jerry Jug Covers?
I made the suggested adjustments and had success. Some of the adjustments I made were:
(1) Making a spool holder (from a plastic milk jug and a knitting needle) that allowed the thread to come off the spool horizontally thus eliminating the twists that resulted in thread breakage.
|This is my horizontal spool holder (made from a plastic milk jug). I was anxious to complete |
the project and used materials I had on hand (the milk jug and the knitting needle).
(2) Adjusting the upper tension all the way down and then tightening it incrementally until I was satisfied with the stitch quality.
After solving the machine and thread problems, I started the project by designing a cover using scrap material I had on hand. The cover needed to have holes strategically placed to allow the straps (that attached the jerry jugs to the supports) to fit through easily.
|This photograph shows how I designed the holes that the straps go through. |
I reinforced the inside of the holes to prevent abrasion damage
from the straps rubbing the fabric.
|We used a shock cord crimping tool and stainless steel hog rings (made specifically for |
connecting shock cord) to connect the ends of the shock cord in the bottom of the cover.
I then took the prototype I designed apart and used it as a pattern for the four jerry jug covers. I constructed them out of marine quality Sunbrella fabric in a color (toast) that matched the table cover I made previously. After I finished one cover, Bob and I put it on the jug and attached it to the supports Bob had previously made and attached to the stanchions.
|This shows a jerry jug in place without the cover and with the original stainless steel |
buckles. The stainless steel buckles were difficult to use and
we changed to plastic buckles.
|The above image represents the first trial run of a new cover |
mounted on a jerry jug in the supports.
|All the effort paid off. I think they look pretty good, don't you?|