Sunday, March 4, 2012

Getting to know you, Getting to know all about you.

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.

When I bought my sewing machine, I also bought the Quilter's Kit that goes with it. It has the attachments for free motion quilting (FMQ). That is on my list of things to learn to do. Also, right now I am using the walking foot to quilt the Damask Rose. In the first photo is the plexiglass extension table that was also included in the kit. Yes, I hope to soon really know my machine a whole lot better than in the past. No telling what I can accomplish!

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