Well, first thing was the realization of how much I use my knee lift on the other machine. It's wonderful. My knee kept pushing to the side for a lever that wasn't there. Then I had to use my hand instead! Oh the horror! (LOL)
Next was the true horror of no longer having the sweet spot sound in my head for quilting with this machine. Took awhile to get things moving just right and when doing one of these word art pieces, the quilting is teeny tiny.
Remember how I've said that as a beginner, sudden changes in hand speed and evenness can throw off your tension in curves? That can still happen when you are 'new' to a machine.
Then the sound changed again, prompting a check of the back. Tension issues. Adjust and keep quilting, knowing that this piece will be mounted over a canvas. But after a bit, the stitches on the top started to look wonky. I stopped. Checked the back.
To rip or not to rip? That is the question. Then I realized I didn't leave myself enough room to staple the edge on one side of the artist's canvas. Rip it, rip it good.
|Look! I created a mess!|
Sometimes to get such dense stitching out, you've got to resort to skinning the quilt. I had to open out the sandwich and rip the tightest stitches out from between the batting and the back. Ugh.
Stay tuned to find out what became of this piece. And to also see more of my work with the ruler foot on this low shank machine. It seems I have been quite spoiled by my high shank machines.