Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tech Sunday - Keeping notes

I have learned some hard lessons when quilting with my Quilt Path.  I have a tendency to forget to save my file before I send it to Quilt Motion.  Then if something happens, like I pause the computer and go out to dinner then come back to find out that the tablet does not want to respond and lose what I have been quilting.  You would think I would learn after the first time I had and issue and had not saved the file.  So I now have a back plan so that I can recreate what I need.  First I take a small post it not, with the size I need to put into Quilt Path, the Pantograph name and the top thread color and bobbin thread color on it.

I use masking tape to adhere it to the face of my Millie, because the movement of the machine over a couple hours tends to cause the post it note to fall off.  I have stitched through one.  It did only take me once to figure out how to prevent that issue.

I also take a picture of the Pantostacker screen so I can see what my setting were.  I use either my iPhone or iPad and delete it when I finish the quilt.

I also now leave my tape that marks the top of the row on until that row is quilted.  Unless it is in the stitching path.

I am loving my Quilt Path!

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Tech Sunday - Manual Mode

One of the best things that was ever invented for a longarm is the Stitch Regulator.  They are wonderful.  I love that mine will keep my stitches even no matter how fast or slow I go, and in every direction.  But recently I have found myself using it less and less.   I really think the reason for this is that I have spent the last five years listening to the motor on my longarm and have made it a game to see if I can keep it form revving when I am using the stitch regulator.  

So now when I go into Manual Mode, it is no big deal.  I just quilt smaller and much faster.  My challenge for you this week is to put some practice cloth on your frame and spend some time playing without your stitch regular.  Just relax and do it.  It gets to where it is almost a zen experience.  My new game is to see how small I can make my motifs.  It is so much fun!