Friday, 7 October 2011

Free motion? or what

So, I decided to have a go at Fluffy Sheeps free motion workshop.
I set up the machine.Change the presser foot.  Decided to go for a strong contrast thread, so I could see just how bad things are. Then I started. First off, the bobbin tension managed to be far too tight. So I end up with a gathered layered rag.
RIP it out.
this is the underneath side.

Let us try again. Rethread the bobbin.  Same result. See the right hand end of the left hand patch? (is that English? just about?)

So I changed the foot back to a conventional foot, and lifted the feed dogs again to see how that went. The left hand end is the result. Well, I thought that looked grand. But... it isn't free motion quilting, is it?

Ok Back to the start. Now my lovely posh new machine has a cheating facility. Why not just use the cheat mode? It is a special foot for free sewing, which is supposed to keep stitches fairly even.

Result is the right hand square.Not too bad, but somehow, the non free motion just looks better. I think the tension is better. Perhaps I need to play with presser foot tension or something!

so now I am going to try to post the front, but the computer is not necessarily co-operating...

Left most- normal machine use. Raggy bit- first attempts, tension up the spout- Right side FMQ
All I can say is, I tried. Keep practising?

7 comments:

Janine said...

I think that's looking very good for a first attempt :)

Rebecca Lynne said...

Oh I love the left. Who needs FMQ when you have that? I think yours looks yes, a lot like mine! Hahahaaa. Better luck next week?!??

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

That tension thing is tricky isn't it?! I think this is a really good attempt :)

Nicky said...

Oh I would do whatever you like and looks best but you can always practice both then it will just get better and better!

Inspiredbyfelix said...

The left looks best to me, but I like my free motion foot for sketching and detail work, never tried it for quilting....I must give it a go someday!

Cindy said...

It will absolutely get better! You'll try new things and find the combo that works for you. I have the feed dogs down, the stitch length to 0 and the tension at the recommended middle tension for a normal straight stitch. You'll find the right thing for you if you keep trying.

mammafairy said...

Thank you all for the encouragement!

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