First, a huge THANK YOU to Leah for all of her hard work and consistant blogging which I know has helped me immensely in my growth as a Free Motion Quilter!
So... Here is my first attempt at lesson one. I am using a machine that is pretty new to me. I've been wishing the machine I am more comfortable with was here but it wasn't available. The following picture is the full shot of my first attempt at Quilt Along #1. I used black then navy blue thread on the front and white thread on the back as I wanted to see whether stitches were even..
|Full shot of attempt #1|
|Close up of attempt #1 showing issues - front|
|Close up of attempt #1 showing issues - back|
|another shot of attempt #1|
|thread broken and shreaded on front|
|black thread from front showing on back|
|2nd try :)|
I was much happier with my second try. Leah asked that we ask questions and discuss issues, so here goes.
As I started I was having lots of issues with thread breaking and I found that my IDT (integrated dual feed) was engaged. I found that disengaging the IDT fixed some of the issues and sewing became much better. I still had issues with broken and shredded thread.
My questions to Leah, beyond anything she is already thinking I should be doing differently are:
1) Thread: Do you have a favorite thread? Are there any threads that you would NOT use for this?
2) Do you have a favorite needle?
I think the old saying that 'practice makes perfect' runs pretty true here. That being the case I'd have to say that I have a great deal of practice in my future!! Looking forward to starting Quilt Along #2!