Friday, April 29, 2011
The Beast; or, An Attempt to Regain my Quilting Mojo
I had to dust the entire Beast, oil the machine, re-learn how to load the three rails (top rail is for backing, middle for top, bottom for batting), re-adjust the tension, get the ratchets to work right (they're always stiff and hard to work, especially when they've been sulking for a year), wind a bunch of bobbins and choose a stitch pattern that is within my limited abilities. I actually have reasonably good machine quilting abilities, but they're very rusty. And though I like the ability of the Beast to finish quilts expeditiously, it is a midarm and not a longarm and there are some patterns it is unwise to attempt on it because it doesn't have the range. I also am a very wobbly quilter on it -- I do a little better at a traditional machine where my hands actually touch the quilt. And I'm not making any claim to being one of those "art" quilters.