Lately I have been spending some time getting to know my sewing machine. That may seem strange. I have had this particular sewing machine for 8 years or so. It is a Husqvarna Lily 545. But, I didn't use it very much until recently. Even then I had no idea of all the things it can do. I had recently figured out some unique things on this machine. Then, I found my handbook. It had been misplaced for a while. Last night I read it through and through. Now, granted, I will have to refer to it again many times. But, I was amazed as if it were brand new to me.
I had already discovered that by the touch of a button, I can control the speed and I can make the needle always stop in the "down" position. This comes in handy when you are stitching short distances and then having to turn. I am doing a lot of that while quilting my Damask Rose quilt. I am using the stitch-in-a-ditch method of quilting it and learning a lot as I go along. Last night I discovered that if I press the "fix" button at the beginning and ending to my stitching, the machine does a better job of tying off than me using the "back" stitch button. Looks so much neater. I hope to use the applique stitch before too long. It is supposed to look like hand applique.