I know. It’s really about teaching me to quilt on a new machine, but it sounds better when I say I’m teaching the machine something, right? Because I know everything. Right?
First, I had to figure out how to get the machine to stitch. Here is the post where I talked about that. And, my thoughts were confirmed by reader, Cari.
Now that it is making stitches, it was time to try a project.
I had this little quilt, ready to go. It’s maybe 12x9”, so the perfect size.
When I bought a motor for the machine, I wasn’t sure this was going to work out, so I didn’t want to spend a lot. I bought a relatively cheap AlphaSew motor. The motor itself is fine. But, the foot control had two speeds, stop and flying fast. I didn’t have much direction control because the machine was going so fast. Tiny mistakes got big before my mind realized it was a mistake and could stop. It was so fast that the thread was breaking from the friction of sewing that fast. And, the controller got hot. I mean really hot. In a little FMQ work this morning, it got too hot for me to set my bare foot on it.
That’s not going to work, so this morning, I pulled that controller off (and threw it away) and put a spare controller I had on. That gave me much better speed control. And, it doesn’t seem to be getting hot, tho I confess that I didn’t get to sew long this morning, after that work was done.
So, problems one and two are solved…time for problem three. Tension. And, if you’ve ever set the tension on a machine, you know that can be tedious. I’m sure a professional can do it in 90 seconds flat. But, for me, it takes time. I’m going to pick out the feathers that I started in this little quilt because I can do better. And, I’ll pull out a throw away to work on the tension. I keep lots of throw aways, just for that. A throw away is a sandwich made from two pieces of ugly fabric and a batting scrap. They’re great for trying a new pattern before you work on the actual quilt and they’re great for practice and warm up. And, I never throw one away…I just keep quilting on it in different colors of thread.
Everybody have a great Friday. If I can set the tension on the two spool, I plan to quilt the baby quilt on it. Rob is going to video that, so there will be a movie. Yay!!