This tutorial has been ready and waiting to be posted for over a week, alas I have been too busy and even more forgetful than is necessary but at last I am here to click publish!!
Tutorial for using those embroidery stitches on your machine which you always thought you would use far more at the time of actual purchase.
First choose your stitch. My machine is a Pfaff quilt expression 4.0 and this is stitch no. 77. Before I settled on this particular one, I played around with a few different stitches until I found one that was decorative enough without being too small/tight/time consuming to produce.
Once selected I increased it to the maximum stitch length and width for maximum ease in matters of quilting.
Other than that, I found there was no need to change tension as long as I made sure the quilt moved along under the machine foot at a steady pace.
For the first line of stitching I simply fitted my machine guide tool to my machine foot and used the right hand edge of the blocks on the right to keep my stitching straight.
I then alternated the spacing between each subsequent vertical row.
Between the first two rows I quilted, I set the seam guide tool as above, right over the 11/8 marking on the stitch plate. Really I could have chosen any of the markings, this is just a quick and easy way to quickly adjust the seam guide tool between alternate rows.
I placed the quilt under the machine foot, then manoevered it so that the seam guide tool rested on the right hand side of the previous line of stitching. As I stitched the second row, I made sure that the guide tool stayed on that side of previous stitching line made.
For between rows 2 and 3, I set the guide tool to its fullest length, again this is just a quick way to adjust between alternate rows and saves having to get your ruler out.
This time to increase the distance between rows 2 and 3 further, I placed the toe of the seam guide tool on the left hand side of the previous line of stitching.
For row 4, I adjust the spacing back to the shorter distance (over the 11/8 marking on the stitch plate). For row 5, I adjusted it back to the longer distance (the fullest distance my seam guide tool allows) and so on.
I hope I am not making this sound too complicated, now that I am reading it, it sounds way more complicated than it really is in actual reality. Please give it a go!!! it really is a lot more straight forward than it sounds here!!
I absolutely love the look of this quilting!! As you can see by looking at the above pic up close, the stitching is not always perfect and even.......................................BUT this is at no detriment whatsoever to the final effect.
I'm going to file this stitch under 'Definately use again (and again)!'
In the meantime, go dust off those machine stitches......................................AND let me know how you get on!!!