I picked up my new Darning Foot attachment for my Janome sewing machine yesterday. I asked the nice lady at the sewing centre if there were any tips or tricks she could offer me and she said "Practise, practise, practise". And really that's about all it is.
Here's what I've learnt so far:
- Feed dogs need to be dropped.
- It feels really weird not having your presser foot against the fabric (it sits above). I kept trying to pull down my lever.
- I thought it easier to sew at a faster speed rather than slower.
- If your heading for trouble, head to the edge. You can stop, I seem to feel that I must keep going even though my stippling is out of control.
- DON'T HOLD YOUR BREATH - for some very strange reason I seem to do this. I can remember trying stippling (or free motion sewing) at a Sewing fair once and the instructor said this was a common occurrence!
- You do need to have some idea of the pattern you are going to create and the size of the loops etc, this way it will be a little more uniform but on the other hand you don't want to over think it.
- Try not to cross over your stitching line, unless of course that is the effect you are trying to achieve.
This square, where I've cleverly disguised all the really bad bits with the angle of shot, will definitely not make it into the quilt I'm making but I do see a glimmer of hope for pieces in the near future. I had a lot of fun trying.
Off to practise.....