|The quilting as of last night.|
Yesterday we drove 2+ hours to visit some grandparents, and I spent about half the time twisted in my seat trying to console the over tired, hungry and teething baby in the back seat. That combined with the amount of time sitting in the car brought my neck and shoulder ache back to constantly painful.
Since the kids passed out early last night, I decided to do some quilting. Before long I noticed the free motion foot was dragging (it wasn't "hopping"), which was causing excessive wrinkles and folds as I quilted. I couldn't figure out why! It was so frustrating! It seemed to be working fine, except that it wasn't hopping. Then I tested out the little bar that makes it hop and it broke off without very much pressure.
|Old one on the left with a broken bar-thingy.|
I think I've made around 14 quilts with the old foot, so I guess it's had a good run. Still it made me grumpy for the rest of the evening. But this morning I was able to go get a new foot (and more thread, and a new seam ripper), and continue without any more issue.
This is my third free motion foot. The first one I kept as-is for a long time, I didn't think about it being different or better. Then I got my new machine and it came with an open-toe foot, which I've used ever since. Since I had two, I decided to "break" my old one, as per Leah Day at The Free Motion Quilting Project. I tried using it on a bunch of different quilts and came to this conclusion:
-Open-toe free motion feet are much better than closed-toe! I really like being able to see around the needle and it's an easy fix for a plastic one.
|My new foot, which I cut open and then I used an old nail file to smooth the sharp edges.|
-A none-hopping foot works extremely well (and it so much quieter) for whole cloth quilts, or quilts that have very few seams. Even with adjusting the rubber band (hair tie) on mine, it is hard to get the height just right to smoothly go over every seam, and having it occasionally snag on a seam is very frustrating! Also, every quilt and every batting requires you to adjust the height.
Overall I really like having a standard-hopping foot and a fixed height foot for all the various quilting projects I do. Have you tried "breaking" your free motion quilt? Do you have a preference for hopping vs non-hopping feet?