David shows some exercises to develop stitching rhythm. He suggests finding a fabric with a random mini pattern. By stitching around each motif you find you are stitching a random stippling pattern. Stop whenever you want but always be sure to do so with the needle in a down position so the stops and starts are seamless. Then switch to a fabric with a larger allover fruit pattern. Don’t grip the quilt as there are no feed dogs to hold the fabric in place and remember do not twist the fabric, just stitch N, S, E and W.
Short Takes on Longarm Quilting with Vicki Hoth
Using acrylic rulers for straight line stitching
Free motion stitching is great fun, but sometimes we must do straight line stitching such as stitch in the ditch or stitching straight lines on the quilt. Vicki demonstrates using ¼” acrylic rulers developed especially for longarm quilting (not the kind used for rotary cutting). These will fit under the edge of the longarm foot so the foot won’t hop over the top of the ruler in stitching. This is another example of using the right tool for the job.