Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Free Motion Quilting on the Janome Horizon

At last I got some time to try out FMQ on the Horizon.  I did a few moments without problem two days after I bought the machine so I was confident.
The confidence didn't last long as first of all the back did not look great - solved by removing the red bobbin holder and inserting the blue bobbin holder which I should have done to start with but was being lazy.
Off I went, upped the speed, lovely even stitches, not much artistic ability.......but that's not the machine's fault.  Then the top thread broke.  Rethreaded.......then the top thread broke.  Rethreaded.......then the top thread broke.  Rethreaded.......then the top thread broke.  Rethreaded.......then the top thread broke.
You get the picture?
Just before I reached the crying stage and vowing never to attempt FMQ ever again - is the topstitch needle still in?  Not sure.  Search for new size 14 topstitch Organ brand, insert and WHOOPEE!  No more problems.
All that over with it was a dream to use.  It was only a small table topper I was working on but so much space to the right gave me unrestricted movement.  I need to work on patterns and develop my skills to get my work to flow evenly, but I think the more I do it the easier it will become.  The gaffs I thought I'd made when doing it don't show on the finished piece - maybe they would have on plain fabric, but patterned hides a multitude of sins.

1 comment:

Julie said...

The quilting looks great Lynne, well done for persevering. I've just got the Janome 6600P and I'm on a steep learning curve too.