Monday, November 7, 2016
Finally Sewing Again
Yup, finally getting back into the groove. Knew it would happen, just needed to wait it out! haha. Anyway, over the weekend I started quilting on the second top for the nursing homes. Doing a simple grid pattern on the big blocks and some ovals in the border. Nothing fancy at all.
I chose a cone of thread, and right now I can't remember if it was Signature or YLI or what, but it was a cone that I bought because it was a good brand and I wanted to try it. I bought it a couple years ago and every time that I tried to use it, I had a mess. Loops all over the place, thread breakage, and just all kinds of aggravation. I put it away for a while.
Well, I got the thread out again and told myself that if I had to change threads in the middle of this quilt because of problems, that I would just change threads. Not going to stress over it. Would you believe that thread has been wonderful to work with this entire time?
I think part of the reason is that I am a bit more experienced now than I was when I bought the thread. Another factor is that I am letting my machine warm up, with the empty bobbin case in it, for a lot longer than I had been. It is an older machine and maybe it just takes things a little bit longer to get moving properly.
I also have the quilt fairly taut on the machine. Not any sagging areas to speak of. And, another thing, I am keeping the bed of the machine really close to the backing. That may have been part of my problem all along with other quilts, too.
Live and learn!