|Wish I had practiced on a solid now ...|
-tension dial up
-tension dial down
-feed dogs up
-feed dogs down
-stitch length at every possible length (I only have slider bar so I can't set it to zero)
-sewing fast and moving practice piece fast
-sewing slow and moving practice piece fast
-sewing fast and moving practice piece slow
-sewing slow and moving practice piece slow
I get the movement but my stitches are just way too loose to be quilting. Even with washing and drying they don't tighten up enough to be quilting on a quilt. You can almost take your fingernails and pull out the stitches. I can do straight lines with my walking foot and am getting better with some practice.
Here's my questions that I'm sending out into the blogosphere:
Can one of you come over to my house and try out my machine so I know if I should keep practicing or give it up? Or .... Can I come over to your house and try it on your machine?
OK ... I know this isn't possible unless one of you lives in Western New York (hint, hint). This is just one of those times I wish I had a real, live quilting community near me. I love the internet and my blogs but sometimes I just need ten minutes with a real, live person.
Has anyone has gone from a basic machine to a higher end machine and what sort of differences did you notice when sewing? And how did you buy one if you didn't live near a sewing machine dealer?
I've had a rough couple of weeks having some extensive (and expensive) dental procedures that are kind of freaking me out. Sewing in the evenings has been a pleasant way to take my mind off of my mouth. So here's a little sneak peak at some of newest star blocks. Hopefully these will be turned into a quilt in time for Amy's Fall Quilt Festival.