So, I figured out the source of my frustration yesterday with thread breaking and stitches skipping all over the place on a baby quilt I was free motion quilting on.
It was this:
Every time my thread broke, there was a gummy residue on the needle that I had to pull off. It reminded me of the glue that's on the back of the Avery labels. Maddening I say! Steer clear of this stuff. I don't remember anything similar happening with 505 spray. Anyway, it's now in the garbage. I should really take it back to Fabricland because it wasn't cheap and I only used it this once on a baby quilt. But I have no idea where the receipt is...so my loss. Good riddance!
Here is a picture of some skipped stitches. Feel my pain? This was happening every 4 inches or so. It gave me an Excedrin headache so I finally quit for the day.
On a good note though...
I won't EVER have to use basting spray again because there is a new piece of furniture in my sewing room...new to me that is. I am the happy owner of the B-Line Original Quilt Frame (from www.tobequilting.com). I love what the Internet has done for bargain hunters who can connect with those with bargains for sale. I connected with a quilter who lives very close to me who was selling her second quilt frame. She bought one with a friend and then when that friend died, she willed her quilting stash and equipment to this lady. She decided to sell one and I was the lucky recipient.
It's not put together yet but in the next few days I expect I'll be loading it up with a quilt top and moving one or two of my UFOs to the IFFI (I finally finished it) pile. So excited to get started. I will need some help from DH to get it set up. In fact, he'll be doing the majority of the work and I'll be helping him. I can hardly believe I have a quilt frame now. I've been wanting a long arm for a very long time. This will be a good way to ease into it.
Until then, I will have to struggle through the problem quilt because I can't wash the spray out of the quilt until it's quilted. I always wash them before giving them away because there are so many people with sensitivity to chemicals that I want to make sure they are as pure as can be before landing on a darling little baby.
On my horizon is the promise of more machine quilting. I can hardly wait.
Until next time,