Remember this little beauty?
Well, the sewing machine gremlins have struck again. I’ve been happily sewing away, working on the quilt I shared with you earlier and another disappearing 9 patch – a pattern I’ve fallen head over heals in love with.
This sewing machine is the bane of my existence. I was able to piece both tops with no issue (and they ARE adorable if I do say so myself). But when I made myself a quilt sandwich – not very filling but quite satisfying in its own way – I decided to try free motion quilting. That is where my headache began.
First off, the darning foot that came with my machine was not very effective – it didn’t really fasten on tightly to the shank and would rock back and forth.
Because it did not stay in place I wound up having my needle hit the foot. After 3 broken needles I quit for the day. After searching of the interwebs, I found this darning foot that was highly recommended by many quilters. I installed it on my machine and was thoroughly impressed with how it functioned.
Ready to get back at my projects I quickly replaced my needle and started sewing.
Enter more gremlins stage right……..
I realized I no longer had appropriate needles. Try as I might, I could not get the needles I had on hand to work for the quilting. It kept dropping stitches and was a headache of HUGE proportions. As a result, I decided I’d share with you the information regarding selecting needles for your sewing projects. Believe it or not – the CORRECT way to do things is not to open a case and grab the first one you see. There is some science behind the needles you use.