I learned a whole bunch of awesome tips and tricks at guild last month, and I have picked up a few this month on my own. I finally shot pictures for them today, so here we go.
I have hesitated to throw these dull rotary blades away, because they are so costly. However, I thought of a use for them. I certainly wouldn't use a sharp blade on paper, but it is so easy to cut paper in exact lines with a quilting mat, rotary cutter (used dull blade) and grid. I had to cut some fliers today and was super pleased with the result.
The blocks above are for the quilt below, which is unfinished and rather excessively pink. I pictured them because I learned on them that if I use polyester monofilament Superior Thread, I need to lower the tension on my machine. It didn't make much of a difference to quilt that way, but prior to changing the tension, I had nagging worries about snapping thread. I have always had dragon-sized fear that touching the tension on my machine would cause it to erupt in flames. But I did it today, and the machine and I both lived to quilt happily again.
There is no tip for this photo. I am just excited to be making progress. I haven't finished anything in a long time, but progress is progress.
Above is a diaper changing pad to go with the unfinished quilt above it. I am making this so that, although I am not pregnant, God will know that I would like a girl next if it's all the same to Him. I love Henry a lot, but he did wake up and rattle his crib yelling, "DIRT! DIRT!" this morning because he wanted to go play in the barren wasteland behind our house. Less common for girls, I think.
This is a picture of my esteemed walking foot for my Bernina 230PE. I used it on an entire (still unfinished) quilt before realizing that the small black arm was not attached correctly to that little knob. So if you get one, by all means, attach it to that little knob before quilting an entire item with it.
My last few tips are from Janey Argyle, one of our awesome ladies in the guild. She did a little demo last month. She saves tissue boxes to throw away scraps and threads and cut down on their proliferation in the sewing room.
Janey also recommends using strips of batting that are too thin to do this. She puts one over her shoulder, and just puts threads all over it, and they stick there just as well as they would to the carpet.
Furthermore, she mentioned that if your machine travels or vibrates as you sew, you should use that sticky stuff that lines drawers or goes under rugs. This will cut down on moving and shaking.
Whew, now all that is written down, so I may promptly forget everything I have learned.