As a creative person I am not really good at following orders. This lingers over from childhood. “Do as you are told!” always rubbed me the wrong way. If I need to do something, then at least let me do it my way. As long as the end result is what was expected, then I feel I did as I was told. When I need to invest time and energy into a project, even if I am doing it to someone else’s specifications, I at least want to have my own interpretation on my investment. This is not always a good thing, but it has served me well where my creativity is involved. Just reproducing some one else’s patterns in the same arrangement and the same color really doesn’t feel like my work. It feels like a copy/clone of someone else. I want my stamp on it. Listen to your inner voice and get creative by listening to your own heart.
This holds true when I sit down at my sewing machine. Just because a foot is designed for one purpose, it doesn’t preclude me from using it in an entirely different way. Just because you are told to use a certain speed, pressure, or tension, does not mean you can’t change that to fit what you need to do for your project.
I had a chance to play with the new Janome Horizon MC 6700P recently. Love this machine!! I usually like to free motion quilt, but sometimes I just use the decorative stitches on the machine with the AcuFeed Flex foot and do a simple crosshatch quilt design. But, in my true style, I change things up a bit.
First, I chose to quilt with 100 wt. thread. This is extremely light weight thread but it works really well when I am quilting through an embroidery design. It doesn’t show at all so it does not detract from the machine embroidery. Since this is really thin thread, I don’t want as much tension on it as usual, so I reduce my upper thread tension slightly.
Second, I use the quilting guide bar inserted on the foot for guided lines of quilting. I do not mark my quilt in any way. I just stitch the first line and then let the guide bar guide me the rest of the way in repeating rows of stitches.
I choose my stitch pattern. I like to use the serpentine stitch (#08 on the Janome Horizon MC 6700P). This stitch is also available on many of our other Janome models (just look at the icon on the pic above and look for it on your Jnaome model). It is a very forgiving stitch if I don’t follow my lines exactly. Your eye never sees if the rows of stitches are not perfectly spaced.
Next, I change my presser foot pressure setting. I do not need maximum pressure. I only need enough pressure for the feet to grab the fabric to move it though the machine. For this recent project I set my presser foot pressure to the ‘0’ pressure setting. With the layers of the quilt and batting, there was still sufficient pressure on the feed dogs to move the quilt through the machine.
After quilting my entire project, I had other people in the group saying how much they liked the ‘puzzle design’ I quilted my quilt with! It did indeed look like large puzzle pieces using the serpentine stitch approximately 2 inches apart in a cross hatch design.
Perhaps when you are told to do something, you could listen to your inner creative voice and then count on your Janome products to produce the project that has ‘you’ stamped all over it?