*Viking sewing machine company has been sold and the quality has plummeted.
*My local Bernina dealer didn't seem particularly interested in trying to sell me a machine.
*My trusted sewing machine dealer and repairman tells me the Baby Lock is the best on the market.
*I checked reviews on the Web and they were all positive.
*My repairman has always given me outstanding service and advice, and he and his wife give me personal attention when needed. I am sure that will continue. In fact it has!
*I got a trade-in deal so saved significant dollars.
One of the first things I did with my new machine was to break a needle and it bent the needle threader so my new baby was in the shop within the first week. I blame pilot error, but am also finding that the "touch" is a little different and we are still getting used to each other. It is like a piano - no two feel exactly the same when you sit down to play.
As I get acquainted with the technical aspects of my new equipment I have been thread painting the wings of my Phoenix and the new machine does a great job. As I have mentioned before, this is a new process for me and my early experimentation and practice have paid off. Now that I have some of the bird completed, there is a great article in Machine Quilters Unlimited on stabilizers for thread painting and the way three different people put the layers together. Murphy's Law - I wish I had seen that article before I started.
What are those lines of white stitching? I originally used safety pins to secure the quilt sandwich, which consists of top, two layers of stabilizer, batting, and backing. Once pinned I stitched an approximately 4 inch grid over the whole quilt with Vanish water soluble thread from Superior...then removed the pins. I knew the stitching would be intense and would cause rippling around the bird so I didn't want to mess with pins. You can see the ruffles in background, but they will submit nicely under the control of background quilting.
I did the under-tummy feathers a little differently.
Stop back next week and I will explain why I have had to stop work on my Phoenix bird temporarily.
Sew many happy stitches this week.