Here’s my next finished project from AQT:
I’m not wild about this piece, but I appreciate it as a chance to practice my machine quilting. Problem is, no matter what I do, my quilting seems to just plain suck. I have a Bernina 440 sewing machine with a stitch regulator. I love, love, love 99% of this machine, but the stitch regulator is not what I had hoped it would be. At first I thought it was just me. My lines are shakey and I figured that my speed must also be. But I’ve been practicing, practicing, practicing (like 17 small projects in the last three months), and although my line is still wobbly, especially when I have to cram a lot of fabric in the throat of the machine, I feel like my speed is pretty smooth. There are areas where I was cruising along and without me perceptively changing a thing, the machine either sped up or slowed down on it’s own. I had been assuming it was my imagination, but tonight I’m just not so sure. So here’s a detail of quilting using the BSR (stitch regulator):
And here’s a detail of the quilting not using the BSR, just me controlling the speed of the machine and the movement of the fabric all by myself:
I don’t see much improvement with the use of the BSR. I was also working on one of my landscapes today, and had marked a simple grid with chalk. It seemed that as the chalk dust built up, the BSR would slow the machine down, but randomly, not in a cumulative manner. And it doesn’t seem to take much dust either, just crossing six or so lines.
Has anyone else had these kinds of problems? Do I possibly suck that much at machine quilting, or could I have some extenuating circumstances here? I am probably going to take the machine to the dealer on Friday and see what they think about it. I should probably take the Owl quilt to demonstrate on since you know the machine will behave absolutely perfectly under the eyes of the repair guy!