Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Quilting Along with my Brother


In case you hadn't noticed, I've been having quite a bit of fun with the Brother sewing machine I've been reviewing. Last week I packed it up and took it to quilting class. I don't think it's meant as a portable machine, but it worked! It was just a little heavy.

There's a neat feature that I wish I'd known right away. There's a needle plate that is made for straight stitching only and another needle plate that works for everything. When the straight stitch needle plate is installed, your machine automatically knows that it can only do straight stitches with the needle in the middle position. Before I realized this, I busted two needles and one of them flew into my upper lip and stayed there until I pulled it out. Ouchies. This wouldn't have happened if I'd had the straight stitch needle plate installed or if I'd double checked to make sure I had selected a stitch that was compatible with the foot I had on the machine. Live and learn... and there's so much to learn about this machine because of all the amazing features it has. To really discover its full potential I'm going to need to keep it for a lot longer ever!

The quilt class I'm participating in is taught by Marla Pinchin using her book The Beginning Sampler. I'll be making mine a queen size with each block being different. At the next class we were supposed to have all of our blocks completed and she will teach how to do sashing properly. My blocks are far from being done... too distracted with my new machine! lol

1 comment:

  1. I have been trying to find a straight stitch needle plate for my brother and I'm not having any luck! We don't have any supply stores around here, so it needs to be online. Any recommendations? Thanks!