I think as home-machine quilters, “smooth sailing” is one thing we wish for when we “wrestle” and “fight” with our quilts underneath that tiny little throat space of our machines. More often than not, the wrestling causes jerky and not-so-smooth stitches due to the not-so-smooth maneuvering of the quilt!
I have in my previous Thread Talk posts shared about a couple of things that might improve your enjoyment of home machine quilting – mainly with using silk threads, and silk batt. Another thing you might find helpful is this thingamagic that’s called Supreme Slider:
The slick-ness of the slider (pure Telfon) increases the ease of moving my quilts when I am quilting. I am able make my turns very nicely with any sort of curvy quilting. It comes in especially handy when I am handling a big quilt. I do want to note that that the Supreme Slider only works when your feed dog is down. So, you will to remove the slider whenever you stitch with your feed dog up :
The silicon back of the slider grips to the machine bed nicely. It is easily washable with soap and water. I usually secure it in place with some masking tape after I position it on my machine bed where I want it.
When I free-motion quilt, I actually use my right hand to slightly pick up the edge of my quilt to aid the moving done by my left hand. My quilt tends to not “drag” as much as I try to move it. I couldn’t take a picture of both of my hands handling the quilt at the time of writing this post. I will try to get a picture for you for my next Thread Talk post. But use your right hand to give your quilt edge a bit of “pick me up”, you might find moving the quilt just a tad easier and smoother.
Thank you for stopping by. I hope these Thread Talk posts have been helpful to you. Do leave a comment and share with usyour free-motion quilting experiences! Till next time.
UPDATE (8/15/2010): Supreme Slider latest! New sizes are now available for the larger beds for the Bernina 8 series & Janome machines.
Sneak peek for the next Thread Talk post: FEATHERS!