Monday, March 23, 2009

Longarm Quilting 101

I finally learned my lesson today - the hard way, as usual.

If you don't like something about your quilting after the first pass, trust me, you won't like it any better after the third and it just takes longer - much longer - to rip it out.

I loaded a blue and white top today with a dark blue backing. I had a navy thread in the bobbin and a cream in the top - that was my first mistake. While you can get away with slight tension issues on many fabrics, white isn't one of them. I tried, very hard, to convince myself that the bobbin thread wasn't showing on some of my points. I told myself it was just the needle hole which is more defined on white fabric. It really wasn't THAT bad, but I couldn't live with it and unloaded the whole thing and ripped it out.

I'm really not a perfectionist, but some things I can live with and some I can't. I'm really glad dust doesn't bother me in the least....


Suzan said...

Doesn't that just drive you mad?! I always start to quilt and then get under the machine with a flashlight (talk about anal!) check the tension on the bottom and then stare at the top daring any poking thread from the bottom to show through. Sorry you have to pick it all out. I hate that!

Jackie said...

At least you listened to your inner voice before you got too far into the project! Can't wait to see it!