The middle of the blanket wasn’t getting warm, but the sides were really warm. The possibility of a short in the wiring concerned me, so I decided to investigate.
With my seam ripper, I opened the end of the blanket opposite the plug. Turns out the heating element wires are sewn to a piece of non-woven interfacing, that is then sewn into the side seams of the blanket. The problem was that the interfacing had ripped in half down the middle. The two halves moved apart and started bunching at the sides.
Here is what it looked like when I turned it inside out and started rearranging the wires in the middle. What a mess. While arranging them, I looked them over for damage or deterioration. Everything looked fine.
Once I had the wires spread out, I used some black #3 crochet cotton from my stash, to make anchor stitches to hold the wires in place. I stitched through one side of the blanket, since it was futile to try stitching the interfacing back together.
The stitching went quickly, thanks to my super useful long doll needle.
When I had enough stitches to keep the wires distributed across the blanket, I tied a knot, and turned the blanket right side out again. Amazingly, the little black stitches barely show on the blue-gray pile:
I used a big running stitch to close the blanket back up temporarily, in case I need to open it up and make more adjustments.
Here’s a shot of the whole blanket. It’s a super soft minky-type fabric.
So far, the fix is working out nicely. I’m having to share the blanket with the foster pup, but that’s mostly working out, too.
I’m one of those people who is cold all the time, so electric blankets are pretty nice to keep around.
Welcome to my new blog layout. It was time for a change. For now, it’s a slight shock every time I see the bigger text and photos. I’ll be tweaking a few more things until it’s the way I want it. Ultimately, I hope it gives a better reading and viewing experience.