I think we've come full circle on this one. Back at the beginning, I
reminded Michelle to be sure that her presser foot was DOWN. It won't look
like it is but it matters. Lots.
Now that we have introduced the darning foot - there are several types
and one will probably make you happier than another. For me, the best one
is shaped like a horseshoe with the open end facing me. There's also a full
circle one, a clear plastic sort of oval and a large purple one named Big
Foot, I think. I killed 3 big feet before I discovered the horseshoe. I
just might be a little heavy-handed when I'm quilting. Polly
"DiMa" <wrote> Thanks Patti,
> Thursday will be a practice day for me - and I am looking forward to not
> having to struggle as I did with the walking foot.
> Will let you know how it went.
> Thanks heaps.
> "Patti" <wrote>> I'm glad you popped back in Di. I thought of something
> else last night:
>> when you do start using your darning foot, you might be alarmed that it
>> doesn't seem to hold the fabric - it doesn't go down far enough when you
>> put the presser foot lever down to its lowest position. That is
>> perfectly normal. It only holds the fabric down as it is making the
>> stitch (I think that's the way round!). It is that that makes the
>> movement possible.
>> You need to anchor the fabric by putting the needle down into the exact
>> place you want to start. Then, when you put your foot on the foot
>> control to start, nothing will move until *you move the fabric. Hold the
>> quilt still until you are ready to go. It is a completely different way
>> of working.
>> You'll soon get the hang of it, but I thought I might just mention to you
>> the things that made me think the machine was broken! when I first