That's why I liked doing "Stomach Lining" better. Sewing in one direction was easier. I think they look more like flowers, don't you?
Anyway to get to the story, it turns out that back in the early weeks I was using regular 50/2 sewing thread and the trusty Schmetz H-Q 90/14( with a green dab) I use to sew with most of the time. I love this needle because it has slim point and does the job of piercing multiple seams. Then I decided to change the thread to the kind I would use if I were really quilting a top. For the next few weeks of free motion practice, I alternated between using either Superior Threads King Tut or YLI machine quilting thread both of which are 40/3. I'd noted that Superior Threads recommended using a Topstitch needle, so I duly replaced the H-Q. It was at this time that I began having issues with the thread. But I figured it WAS the thread, or the bobbin, or lint in the bobbin case, or even the needle. So I changed it, again. And herein lies the rub, instead of the correct 90/14, I put in an 80/12 which of course has a smaller eye. Duh! No wonder the thread was shredding.
I now have a greater appreciation for needles. So, I decided it was time to read up on them and after reading a bit more about them, I appreciate them even more.
Did you know that the top of the Schmetz package is actually a little magnifier so you can read the number printed on the needle?
Did you know it takes 45 steps on 100 different machines to make a needle? And that one of these steps is to polish the eye so it is smooth.
Did you know that the major culprit behind skipped stitches is a dull needle? So change them often, especially if you are making pot-holders like me.
Sewing with synthetics like insul- brite wears down needles even faster and can cause the dread skipped stitch. Which is the other problem I have been dealing with of late.
I have got to admit, I wasn't too crazy about H2O as there was simply too much retracing for me. Our last
challenge Superstar was much easier for me. No retracing! I plan on continuing practicing FMQ and so I ordered a Supreme Slider from Leah Day's website. She is the
SUPERSTARoriginator of the Free Motion Quilting Project and has generously posted all these wonderful designs and video instructions on her website. There's one for everyday of the year! My slider should be here any day now and I can't wait to try it. If you don't have one, I suggest you visit her. It's a way to support small businesses this season as well as fellow bloggers.