Free motion quilting has been a real challenge for me. I just have not been able to wrap my brain around it. I have managed to dodge it by coming up with all sorts of cheat ways to get around learning to do it. I have drawn designs on tissue paper and sewn on the lines and then pulled the paper off. I can get great quilting done that way, but all that paper pulling is a real chore. I have learned to meander by putting my sewing machine on a serpentine stitch and turning my quilts this way and that to accomplish a nice pattern. That works, but there has to be a easier way. So I finally gave up and took a four day class on free motion quilting.
And here I was for four days. I am told it just takes lot of practice. Well four days at 8 hours each sounds like a lot to me. I am exhausted!
Well practice we did, and I did get somewhat better at this. Sort of.
This is my final project practice piece. Not perfect, but I am doing better. I took my Bernina 125 with the free motion darning foot, but I have a Bernina 750 with a stitch regulator that probably will work a bit better for me. I am still not sure that I will ever become really accomplished at this, but I guess I am on my way a bit to being able to master it eventually. WITH PRACTICE, yes I know!