This morning I sat down at my machine and decided to do something I've been putting off for a while.
I practiced free motion quilting.
I actually started last night, but got frustrated and stopped. I hate being patient with my sewing. I think it's because I have two little children who require patience and a job that requires patience, so in my down time when I sew I just want it to work. I hate ripping out seams, I hate re-doing things, and I hate practicing. But I knew that if I didn't do some practice that I'd be doing more seam ripping and more re-doing, so I grabbed some scrap fabric and batting and gave it a try.
I'd just like to put a little disclaimer here that it's totally possible to sew on a cheap machine. I've done it! But without a stitch regulator or the appropriate foot, it's harder. So if you have a cheap machine, don't give up. Or, if you truly can't do it on your machine, go vintage before you drop a grand or more at the sewing machine shop. Many of those old sewing machines are built to handle this type of thing...it just takes some know-how to get it to work.
I got the hang of it this morning and grabbed my quilt before I forgot how to do it. I did a section of free motion quilting - about five inches by ten inches in the border of my quilt. The stitches aren't all even but the tension is right. I was so relieved that it was going better!
And then my needle broke.
Oh well - it was nice to put the project away after having experienced some success. I'll change the needle and try it again later.