The last few nights I've been in my sewing room have been spent machine quilting the two Hoopla baby quilts on Baron von Quilthausen. I've been taking a lot of my confidence and inspiration from the professional longarm machine quilter Natalia Bonner at Piece N Quilt. She does such amazing freemotion work and I wish that I could become even a fraction as good as she is.
I've finished the central parts of both quilts and began working on the borders last night. In the borders, I've been using a Mettler thread, and it has broken on me four times now on one quilt. I'm sure it's a tension issue, but I REALLY stink at trying to figure out tension (maybe that's another reason I love Old Sally - I don't think they had adjustable tension in 1930 when she was built!). If I don't adjust it, it looks like small loops on the underside with a line of bobbin thread running through it. If I do adjust it, the top thread breaks. Part of me wishes for a better machine, maybe one manufactured in the last 30 years, but my conscious keeps telling me it's user error, not the machine. Any advice?
This is the other reason why I don't do my own machine quilting. Sigh.