aw- new baby pic- looking good!!! You will have to post some sample pics too!!! Congrats!
That's exciting!!! Great to hear the FMQ is coming off easier.
Mymble LOL so true...I did some more this afternoon...and now need to baste a quilt and see if I can do same on a larger piece!!
So....are ya taking orders????
True Well..watch out- word gets out in your area you have this spiffy baby and suddenly ...peeps with unfinished tops come to your doorstep- can you quilt this for me- sorta like when people find out I sew, they want me to hem their pants- or make them CURTAINS - arghhhhhhhhh
I just got the same machine last week! Isn't is amazing? I am loving mine! It makes such a difference with piecing too. I've finished 2 quilt tops since it arrived and just need to get backings figured out so I can try quilting on it. I can't wait!
Are you altering your FMQ foot (removing the clear plastic and clipping the metal circle) to make it easier to see? I did that with the foot on my old machine and am debating about doing it to this one. I don't want to ruin it though.
Menolly13 I love it...am kind of stunned how much so... I am not modifying foot. I had read others had done so but for me (at least at moment) I had no issues with it and like you do not want to take chance of hurting it. But I can see through it well and will see if that changes as I use it.
Did you do your piecing with the 1/4" foot that came with it or did you buy one with an edge (I was just looking that up)? I have not tried piecing on it yet what do you like about it for that part? So far I have switched back to my Janome for piecing but was thinking I may try using this one for that as well as use Janome for things I need to move needle or alternative stitches. Would love to hear any comment you have...+Tifray is also thinking of getting one.
True I am using the larger of the two "standard" feet it came with to do my piecing. I'm using a magnetic seam guide with it in place of the edged 1/4 foot I was using on my other machine. I'll take some photos so you can see. I did a couple of test pieces to find where the guide needed to go to get my scant 1/4" seam and it is working beautifully. I didn't really like the 1/4" foot it came with as it is BIG and you can't see the fabric to make sure you're lined up all the way through. With it set up how I have it now, I can see the fabric against the guide all the way through so I know it hasn't moved on me. I had thought about buying the foot with the built in guide but this set up is working really well so I don't think I will bother. I'm guessing the screw on seam guide it came with would work the same but I haven't tried it. I like that the magnetic one can be popped on and off without messing with a screw driver.
I actually like this set up better than piecing on my Brother sq9050. I don't have any problems with the fabric not feeding through straight (the 9050 always tries to pull fabric to the left), and the knee lift and thread cutter make everything go so much quicker. I plan on keeping the 9050 around to use for fancy stitches, button holes, and hemming, but I'll be using the 1500s for anything that needs a straight stitch. My only complaint is that the 1500s is a little too long for the drop in compartment on my sewing desk so I'm squished to one side right now instead of centered comfortably. ;P I just picked up a used dining room table though, so that will be remedied as soon as hubby borrows a router saw thingy from his dad so it can be mounted flush with the table top. I can't wait!
Menolly13 I would love to see a picture! I had not thought of that only that I do not like the 1/4" foot it came with for the reasons you mention. Do you have any clue the difference between the two standard feet? I know the shape is a tad different but no clue why. I do not have a drop in table so it sits on top of my dining room table as my Janome always did. I wish I had room to keep them both set up BUT if I follow you lead will be able to piece on this one and moving the Janome over (I do have a cabinet I can store whichever one I am not using quite easily and still have it be readily accessible). You are so right about the thread cutter and knee lift making piecing faster! Now I have to try it out as soon as figure magnet thing out...
Oh and thank you!
You're very welcome! I was so excited to see that you just got one too. It's nice to have someone to bounce ideas/issues off of. :)
I've added photos to my projects folder. I'm not sure what the difference is between the two standard feet. The manual doesn't say what specifically they are for. Maybe something for garment sewing? I can see where the smaller one might come in handy when sewing a tight seam on a bag or the like. I like the bigger one better for piecing because it feels like it holds the fabric better.
I got lucky and found my current drop in cabinet at a second hand store for $20. Even the used ones on ebay are out of my price range, so I was unbelievably happy to find it! I love having the flush surface, so being able to do the same for my 1500 is a must in my book.
I've seen the magnetic guides at Joann's before. Mine came with the ancient
Singer I bought in high school and has just sat in my sewing box ever since. Sometimes being a pack rat comes in handy! LOL.
Oh, you might find this blog post & youtube video on tension useful. I just watched it and am off to check mine.
Menolly13 I will watch it thank you. I was lucky as my dealer set mine for me and so far so good but the more I can know the better.
I'm a little behind on my stalking lately, but I'm so happy that you got a machine that you love and works for you. Happy to see that you have already been breaking it in on IG as well.
Skynme LOL it is fun but I also get so nervous with a new machine...always worried will not be able to figure something out?!
Mary, good for you. Quilting is looking great. Oh ya, on my way with my unfinished quilts. Hehe
Works for me. I need to hit the east coast again.