As you all know, we purchased a Fusion from HandiQuilter which will be the only long arm machine I will ever need, ever again. Man, I love that machine! It quilts like nobody’s business but, I am finding that I am drawn to learning how to do quilting “free motion”, where I do it instead of a computer program (like the “ProStitcher” which is part of the machine that we purchased). That’s not a bad thing– it’ll make doing whole cloth quilts and even some themed quilts easier.
I am finding that the more I go to HandiQuilter Club, run by the folks from whom I purchased my machine, the more I realize how little I know about machine long arm quilting. Micro stippling– REALLY small meandering lines– is gorgeous and can make an applique or embroidery design POP from a quilt. I don’t know how to do it but I tried it yesterday and I’m hooked– I love it already and I am really lousy at it!
One thing that will help ME during this time of learning is that I have a stitch regulator on this machine and it wasn’t on the other machine that I had. That will make a huge difference because I can slow down and make consistently sized stitches as I make the design.
Can’t wait to keep learning!