I've mentioned it a few times here and there, and maybe I'll say more about it some day, but I did recently get a new sewing machine. It's a Janome Sewist 625E (order of those three may or may not be right). Anyways, it has what I wanted and was something I could afford as a recent graduate (read had some money from my loan left to unwisely blow on something). So anyhow, I have discovered its shortcoming. It sucks for FMQ. Even with the foot pressure set to 0, I literally have to use all of my strength to pull the quilt sandwich through. Even just a little practice piece.
At first I thought it was going great, I did the teardrop pattern on the right. Then, I happened to turn over the fabric to see how the bobbin thread was doing.
Yah, definitely not going to work. So I put down the presser foot. and this problem was fix, but I literally worked up a sweat trying to pull it through. I tried pretty much every single variation of FMQ styles that I could think/google and nothing came without great effort.
It's hard to tell in that pic, but the stitches are teeny tiny because cannot pull the thing through fast enough. The edges are the worst. The best I could come up with was:
It took way too much effort to get it, and the edges were still very hard, and I couldn't imagine doing it for a whole quilt.
So, all of that whining to say, I am not going to retire my old machine. It actually FMQs like a charm, just didn't really do anything else quite as well. So, I will quilt everything with my old machine and piece everything with my new one. Never thought I could swing a two machine deal, but I find myself without choice. And now I don't feel like I'm abandoning my old girl. I have to admit, ever since Toy Story, I still feel a little bad about giving up on still working "toys". Not bad enough to keep them though ;-).
The bonus, I'm quilt a fan of that last design, it's based off of things I've seen. I'm sure someone has done it before, but I sort of came up with it myself.
And since I missed WIP Wednesday, again, I will only say that I am fast approaching a Starry Eyed Quilt top!