What were we thinking?
The quilter hadn't been used in a while and we had a one day tutorial. This makes 2 strikes against us. I had done some puttering and could stick a design in a pattern box, so of course I thought I might be ready.
Now I know:
- there are actually 3 oil ports, but only 2 of them are marked
- the machine stops dead when dry
- you need to hit it with a hammer, gently, to free it up. Lots of times.
- Roy in Toronto is a tech god
- but even he can't measure up to Rhoda in the classroom
- I owe them both my firstborn
- excess oil drips don't really show up on batik prints (major bonus!)
- excess oil will change your bobbin tension. Not for the better.
- thread breaks
- again and again
- for many different, difficult to diagnose reasons
- when threads break, it's important to know where it broke
- .1 cm to the left will take your machine in a whole new direction.
- when you get to the end of a row, you need to start the next row in the precise spot that allows the rows to live nicely together
- that precise spot is hard to find
- Move Start Point is the best command ever!
- joining 2 pieces of batt off the machine frame is easier than hand sewing them together on the frame
- pick a simple design that goes end to end without stops and starts
- pretty thread is not always happy thread
- batik fabric dulls needles at a fairly amazing rate
And watching every stitch the machine makes is truly like watching paint dry. We newbies are intent.
However, the fabric looks amazing and I am having a ball! The possibilities are indeed endless. The good thing about having lots of things go wrong is that the learning curve has been intense, but rewarding. I believe the Pfaff P3 will be my next best friend. Of course, 3 days later we are not halfway through the fabric, and Friday is the deadline. That swift learning curve better come in handy soon!