By the way, I Have A Notion has these DVDs on sale. Kelly is going to make me go broke..LOL.
I put in "Fast And Free .5" and started the lesson. Feeling quite smug, I thought this should be easy. Get your tension right and then do the first lesson. After all, I've been doing this for 5 years. It can't be that hard. In about an hour I should have the first chapter done.
I got out one of my quilt sandwiches, pulled on those dreaded PITA gloves and started working with my tension. I only put on these gloves as Patsy said they helped and figured what the heck. She lies. It may work for her, but I feel constricted. I can't feel anything and they make my hands feel creepy and sticky.
I was WRONG about this being easy. I start messing with my tension using two colored threads so I could prove it could be done. 10 minutes later and I can't even get that to work. It's the top tension since the blue keeps going to the other side of the quilt. It's also me not getting the movements rights. I really miss having manual tension on my Topaz machines. It's a piece of cake on my Janome 6600, but I want to work with this machine.
Meh..close enough on tension. Figuring I'm close enough I start doing loopy thingies. There are reasons why I don't do this and detest it. I can't do it without getting stuck somewhere or they are all the same size. The picture isn't the greatest, but you get the idea.
Here are my questions/thoughts after doing this.
* She can get her machine needle to stop on a dime even as fast as she goes. My machine takes a couple of extra stitches and then stops.
* It also looks like when she stops at places, she can start up at the same pace she left off. My machine still likes to take extra stitches.
Part of the problem is that my foot moves up after you stop making you take that extra stitch when in needle down. I know she has a Pfaff and some of the machines do the same thing. I don't know if hers does.
* Fingering position and those PITA gloves. How do you move the sandwich with ease? I know it's practice but even on a small piece, I feel like it's going to run away from me.
* Keeping even speeds. Again, it's practice but my eyes get tired and then my foot slows/speeds up. I don't think it's a light issue since the machine has two lights. Does anyone else do this?
It's ll:30pm..I think I'll give it a rest and try tomorrow.