Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Free Motion Quilting Practise

I recently bought myself a darning foot for my sewing machine and I've been trying my hand at a bit of free motion quilting.

My first attempts were not too bad, but somehow the tension was wrong.
See all those turquoise spots and the way that the top thread sits on top of the fabric?

I initially assumed that it was my fault (bad hand/foot coordination) but I later decided that little fingers must have moved the tension dial on my machine (grrr!) Once I altered the tension dial, everything fell into place. I have now used a marker pen on my machine to mark the correct position so that if wee fingers start fiddling again, I can easily spot it and sort the problem!
 Its not perfect yet, but I'm making definite progress and I'm getting excited about the possibilities!

The quilting is over a cute wee paper pieced apple.
Even in this half finished state, I'm seriously loving this and wishing it was for me, but unfortunately I have to give it away... hmmm I wonder if I have enough fabric to make another one for myself... (maybe the Free Motion Quilting will even be a bit less wonky, but I must admit that I think that the wonkiness adds a certain charm, don't you?!)

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9 comments :

  1. I've just had a go at free motion sewing this week too. I'm a convert. Your's looks great. Cx

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  2. oh Juliet, it looks fantastic. Really good work- you definitely have a knack for it and I can't wait to see what more practice brings, keep it up- you are doing great!

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  3. I think it looks fabulous!!! Definitely something I want to try...

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  4. Well done on trying FMQ! So glad you sorted out the tension thing! I spent ages mucking about with the tension with no luck, changed to a different brand of thread and no more problems!

    And of course - love the paper piecing! That is very sweet!

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  5. Well done you! Love the apple and the quilting! x

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  6. I love the look of free motion quilting, and yours looks fab!

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  7. Wow, that is awesome for a first attempt! It's quite fun, isn't it?

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  8. Well done, that is something I have yet to try.

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  9. I have a new sewing machine too, and (being a wimp about trying new things sometimes) I haven't yet tried out its quilting abilities. I am inspired now, I absolutely love what you've created here. x

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