I received my new single hole throat plate on Thursday, and being so excited about my new item I promptly installed it.
I had to move my needle back over to 0.
Since I had just finished cutting my fabric for the next project, I was ready to start sewing...
For some reason, I figured I could just move my guide line over that 1/8th inch and be on my way.
I sewed 2 entire strips, ironed and starched and then measured. OOPs.
Error #1. I should have done a test piece. Duh, you say? Yeah, me too.
So, I got out a couple test strips and started on my quest to find my new guide line.
I CAN'T FIND IT. No matter what I do, I can't seem to figure out where to get my 1/4" seam to measure out properly.
After running about 4 strips through with various adjustments along the way, I'm not any closer.
1. I'm finding that my quilter's 1/4" presser foot isn't really a good guide, and I have to be on the inside of the foot.
2. I can get one side to measure fairly accurately, but the side that is being ironed over is shorter.
Does that mean that my thread is indeed too thick?
3. I've ordered the 60/3 Presencia Thread that Quilter's Academy talks about, and maybe that will solve my issues, but it won't arrive for DAYS yet :( And, how come that wasn't a problem before?
I feel like I had finally gotten fairly reliable accuracy and now I will be starting all over.
Error #2, Don't fix what ain't broke.. At least that's what I've been told. Why did I feel I needed to take this next step?
So, what does one do when not able to continue?
I'm cleaning out the closet of my quilting room, and making room for MY stuff, of course.
Sleeping bags, photo boxes, photo albums and scrap books, guitar and amp, and other misc. things. It's all cleared out and now... I have room to start storing a fabric stash!
I'm reading intently the Machine Quilting book. Maybe I'll get far enough that I will venture into doing some practice swatches.
And, I've decided I'm going to start saving all those little pieces of scraps in bins. I have a notion in my head that I can use them for applique, and scrap quilts some day. After I get a good handle on what I'm doing and I feel like I know more about how to piece, I can venture into something scrappy. Scrappy has always appealed to me because it doesn't seem to be so color coordinated, which I am definitely challenged with, and it fits with the re-purposing way of life I find myself usually following.
Anyway, I'll be here reading about all those others who are actually quilting until I can get over my hump in the road.