Here’s a little video (watch for the dog at the end) and a matching list of all the things I do before I start quilting – would you add anything else to your preparations? When I got ready to quilt PP the other day I even went through my whole list before I got going. See I do take my own advice as well. 😛
Just for kicks, at the end of the post is some podcasts you might be interested in too…
Checklist for Getting Ready to Quilt
* Vacuum the table, the floor, the machine and the bobbin
* Wind a few bobbins so you don’t have to stop
* Put in a new needle
* Attach the right foot (walking or free motion)
* Do a test piece to get tension, stitch length and stitch type right and the quilting pattern if you are doing free motion (and write the settings down in your quilting journal).
* Set up a side table to hold the weight of the quilt if it is a large one
* Pour yourself a drink
* Put on a podcast or some music
* Roll your quilt, put on your quilting gloves, sit comfortably, start your engine…and you are off making your way down the straight before hitting that first corner, shifting gear, sailing on and having a great time.
If there’s a mechanical failure part way through, take your quilt out, the machine into the pits and refer to the machine trouble-shooting guide to get it back on the track with minimal loss of time.
- Always Quilting answers your questions about: Bobbin Freckles (alwaysquilting.wordpress.com)
- PP5 – Feather Quilting with Tissue Paper Guides… (bertcollections.wordpress.com)
- PP6 – Feathers by Machine: Do’s and Don’t Guide (bertcollections.wordpress.com)
- Learning How to Machine Quilt (quilting.answers.com)