In an act of shameless self-promotion I’ll be giving away a reversible table runner at my Saturday Night Sampler presentation at International Quilt Festival-Long Beach this week. I want to attract participants to my talk about “Fast Fixes For Free Motion Frustrations”.My topic this year is the most common problems that free motion quilters encounter. I’ll be showing some nifty new tools and techniques as well as the best marking tools, how to choose the right batting for your project and more. I’ll also cover the number one most asked about subject-come listen and find out what it is!
I wasn’t able to begin the table runner until last Friday so it’s been a whirlwind to get it completed. I used cotton sateen front and back, wool batting and a variety of threads. As always, I learned some things along the way. I was having tension issues-my machine didn’t seem to want to hold the tension. I was pretty sure it was operator error. Sure enough, I finally figured out I had my thread oriented the wrong way. Once I had the thread feeding off of the top, my tension issues vanished. It really does make a difference how you orient your thread. Cross wound spools like Aurifil, Mettler, and Superior Kimono Silk, are designed to feed off the top of the spool. Straight wound spools such as Superior Highlights, MasterPiece, Rainbows, etc. are designed to feed off the side of the spool.
Much of the time, this may not make a difference. But when you’ve got tension issues, look to the spool orientation first, before checking elsewhere.
I do use the gizmo in the photo, the Superior Thread Holder , to run my threads through. It can be oriented to accommodate either cross wound or straight wound spools. I use mine all the time as my Bernina 185 has lost it’s vertical orientation thingy so I can only put my thread horizontally.
If you’re at IQF-Long Beach, be sure to check out the Saturday Night Sampler. And make sure you stop by my table to say “Hi” and sign up to win the table runner!