Alright, y'all...today we learn about getting our machine ready for free motion quilting. First and foremost, you are going to have to have a darning foot (aka free motion quilting foot). I am going to touch on a few "troubleshooting tips" in today's post but I will conclude this series with a handy "troubleshooter's guide" that you can use for quick, easy reference.
Needles are another HUGE factor in FMQ. I use a 90/14 needle. Start your FMQ project with a new needle. You'll be amazed at the difference. Needles warp and get burs over time which will cause your thread to shred or skipped stitches (toe catchers). FMQ is hard on your machine, don't make it harder by being cheap with a needle. Your motor and thread will thank you!
You will want to clear your workspace of any breakables and drinks. That's an accident waiting to happen. You need to make sure your space is well lit enough for you to safely operate the machine (which I would hope you already have that!). Finally, make sure your chair is a good height ergonomically. You shouldn't have to raise your arms too much or slump your back over to reach your machine. More on the ergonomics in our next session:
Getting YOU ready to quilt!