Free Motion Quilting….
I love learning something new. I have a habit (good? …bad?…sometimes it’s debatable!) of jumping into a new something whole heartedly. No hesitations… just get what I need and go for it. It’s how I learned to sew…. it’s how I learned to crochet…. embroider… grinding my own wheat and baking breads… it’s just how I learn. Anyone else out there like that? Or are you more of planner? Or class-taker?
I LOVE my Bernina 1630 sewing machine. I bought it from a nice woman that had kept it stored for 10 years and NEVER used it. Seriously, she had never even threaded the machine. Along with a Horn sewing cabinet , chair and Bernina serger, I bought the sewing machine for a heck of a deal two years ago. And I couldn’t be happier! However, it didn’t come with a walking foot. And to quilt, you apparently NEED a walking foot. Well, I just haven’t been able to part with the $150 it costs for one of those fancy feet. My 1630 did come with the darning foot however. And that, I learned, can be used for free motion quilting. So yesterday, after watching a few tutorials like this, this and this… I just jumped right in. And you know, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. I need a LOT more practice moderating and smoothing out my speed of feeding the fabric thru, but it’s so cool! I may just even give it a shot on that baby quilt…… maybe…
Anyone out there free motion quilt? Any pointers or tips? I tried stippling ( I think that’s what it’s called, although my stiches were too far apart) and the pepple stitch (those crude circles you see above and below) . Any suggestions on an easy design to start with? The options are endless!!