• Sarah Marcina

Relax!

#machinequilting


I started practicing machine quilting with a regular straight stitch foot. I'm not quite brave enough to use my walking foot yet. Although the pictures aren't great, I'm slowly starting to improve. Slowly.


I kept seeing professionals use and suggest quilting gloves. I really didn't know what kind to get. Plus, I hate gloves. I don't know why, but I just do. After searching I found fingerless ones and knew those were the ones for me.



When I first started using them, it felt completely different. I didn't realize it but I was holding the quilt back and not allowing the machine to feed it through properly. My stitches were all sizes. That's when my Seam-Fix ripper comes in handy. The rubber ends make it so simple to get all those little pesky threads.

After I learned to relax and let the feed dogs do their work, the stitches looked a lot better. I even found it easier to rotate and guide the quilt's direction. My triangles actually look pretty good here.