sooooo. remember my big lofty dreams of learning to free motion quilt in 2010?
yeah, me neither, until this morning. and since i am about to run out of days in the year, i decided to give it a whirl. i have been making a few place mats for my messy boys. i figured they may be more inclined to keep their food on their plate that way. and it's using up some poly batting i had, as well as some large chunks of novelty prints. yay!
ok, so i dug out the little spare parts bag that came with my machine last christmas. and i found the feed dog cover. so i snapped it on. backwards. oops! try again.
next i tried a little stitching. and my presser foot fell off. and i realized, hey! maybe i have a darning foot or something for this. and yes! i did!
so i started stitching away, trying for a tight meander. i might as well confess something right now. i could never master this effect on my cakes - trying to control the line of icing into a random, never crossing line was impossible for me. but i thought it would be easier with sewing. after all, the machine is "squeezing" the line of "frosting" for me!
so i was going along, not too shabby! i thought cockily. a few jerky spots, but this is my first time you know.
then i noticed some loose looking loops. uh oh.
then my thread broke and the machine hung up. and when i clipped the threads and flipped it over - ugh!
more confessions. i never check my tension before sewing. i never check the underside of my stitching. and i have no idea what caused this. so any of you out there care to troubleshoot for me? what should i try first?