Saturday, June 24, 2017

Maiden Voyage

 The weather tweet for today from the local weather service was this: "Ewwwww...." That's all they said and it was an awful muggy buggy day. Stuck inside, I decided to pass the time playing with the new toy for the very first time.

 Hmmmm....I can see there is going to be a rather steep learning curve with this free motion thing.

 Uh, oh. That's the back. I've seen this before. Tension issues. Ugh.

 Okay. I made some adjustments. My first try is on the right. Last try is on the left. That's progress. Time to quit while I'm ahead.

 One issue I know I was having is with this knee operated foot lifter. I kept leaning on it and pulling up the foot while I was sewing which messes up the tension. Things got better when I took it off and lifted the foot the old fashioned way.

The whole thing was pretty stressful. After I packed it all away I took up what I know what I can do. Hand quilting may be slow but it's much easier on the nerves.


  1. I've seen people doing free motion quilting on TV programs and they always make it look so easy. Looks like it would be really fun to try....except for the whole tension thing. I hate when the tension gets off on my little machine. You'll get the hang of it though. I have no doubts about that.

  2. You corrected the quilting tension nicely! Hooray! It is a learning curve but some quilting a day will have you in top form in no time!

  3. This technique is something I've never done - haven't even seen a video of it. You made progress from first to second attempts so I think you'll be picking it up quickly! Can't wait to see your progress in the next try!

  4. Look at how much you've learned already.

    Mine would still be full of tension mess! LOL

  5. Yay for you! I don't even have the guts to try it. How fun. I've never heard of the knee foot lifter before. I'll of these newfangled things! Ha ha!
    Blessings, Betsy

  6. Tension makes sewing machines so difficult! I'm not very good at figuring that out. I think you did great. I'd like to learn, too, but I end up doing things by hand because that's so familiar to me!

  7. Once you get her set, you're going to be clear sailing. Though I admit, sometimes I like to do a little hand-sewing - I find it very relaxing.

  8. Learning a new machine can be so tricky, especially a fancy one. Good luck!