Hi 3'bkm' - I have an Innovis 80 but haven't used it for free motion. I do know that any free motion takes practice. If you have some scrap muslin and batting to make a small sandwiched quilt, try your stitching out on that. Free motion is sort of a balance between how fast your hands are going in relation to your machine speed. The hoop might help. Also using a piece of washaway stabilizer under the piece helps it slide along better- or tissue paper that can be torn away easily. Good luck. Oh, I'm sure youknow this but be sure the feed dogs are down and not grabbing your material.
3 B if you check out the TEchniques for Textiles group on here there is a discussion etc.Number 4 technique was free motion quilting.
This is a site with a daily freemotion project.
Hope the link works.
OMG!!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that site!! Thank YOU!!! THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!! I think I could spend all day watching her vids and reading!! Now I have a great place to start! So encouraging!!! YAY!!! Ok, sorry, I'm very excited.....I'll go make some tea now and try to calm down.....NOPE!!! ") Happy happy happy!!! First I'm going to go finish the seeds in my greenhouse and then I'm off to see if I can apply some of her techniques while they are still fresh in my head!!! Then I suppose I need to make dinner......nah!!! jk, I've got a home full of men (well, one grown and 3 in training, I've got to take care of their bellies..*sigh*)
Thank you Linda!!! :)
After reading just two pages of the discussion I have learnt quite a bit. Thanks to all those who have given these valuable tips. please do keep adding stuff like this.
Quilting Question: When adding the border to the quilt top, should the border piece be under the top when sewing or on top? I can't remember what I have done on my last couple of quilts, but I do know that the 'border' puckered. I am also going to post this on 'newbie".
I always cut my borders according to the measurement across the middle of the quilt top in the direction it's going to go. This means that when I sew it on, it has to fit exactly, and that may take some easing. I pin in a few places, and then when sewing, I always put whichever piece is bigger on the bottom, so the feed dogs will help ease it in. I don't think you will get puckers, but if you do, it means that the middle of the quilt is a different size from the edges, so you need to check your seam allowances.
One time I was making a flying geese border, and I ended up having to resew some of the piecing to get my borders the same size as the middle of the quilt.
Ok, I will try this. My top is a square, and it is actually square :) So it should all come out ok. I was just thinking that it mattered which was on bottom because of the feed dogs. I will try it. This is a quilt for me :) I am in no rush to get it done. I am using it as a learning quilt. Lots of half square triangles and for the most part, the corners lined up perfect. I am really taking my time on this. My personal training quilt. LOL Thanks
It should work great if your quilt top is square or a (more or less) perfect rectangle. There's a post about the effect of the feed dogs on the first page of this discussion. The feed dogs move the lower fabric under the needle faster than the fabric on top. If both my quilt top and the border piece are exactly the same length, I sew with the border on top, because it's smaller, and I can guide both pieces through easily that way. I love half-square triangles, but they can be tricky. Wonderful, that you get to have a quilt you can keep and that the corners line up. I hope you will post a photo when you're done.
I will post a picture. It is kind of wild. My husband for Christmas bought me a lot of 1 yd pieces and wanted them used in one quilt. To me, they have similar colors and patterns, but I could not figure out how to put them together until I found the half square triangle pattern. There are 18 different fabrics in that pattern! So, with what he bought and some stash I had, I was able to throw in some solids/marble/batiks, that helped calm it down and blend them together. I am using a blue and black border to ground the entire quilt. The 'back' is a Navajo fleece. The plan final size will be about 60 x 72. So the top and bottom of the quilt will have more border. I hope to have this complete by the end of next week. Like I said before, I am not rushing it.
BTW, for Mother's Day, hubby bought me another new machine. A Brother HS 2500. I am just learning how to use it. But so far, I love it.
What would we do for equipment without our DHs? Sounds like your needs an introduction to fat quarters!